About

Author: Stef Tarapchak

Hometown: Hilliard, OH

Favorite Verse: Phillipians 1:6, 4:13

Favorite Teams: THE Ohio State University Buckeyes, Pittsburgh Steelers, Columbus Bluejackets, Columbus Crew

BIO:

This blog is about a Christian man trying to do the best he can. I am a husband, father, brother and friend. I love my family, which consists of an incredibly fantastic wife and three wonderful kids. I love God. I am not perfect and He knows that and He continues to love me and lead me.

We attend church at Northwest Bible Church where Sandi and I participate in various ministries. Our kids also enjoy church, especially the AWANA program! It is a great and growing church that Sandi and I are very happy to be a part of.

I have a great job at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as the business manager for the department of radiology and practice manager for the physician group of radiologists there. It is a job that challenges me and keeps me very busy. The atmosphere at Children’s is great and I am blessed to have a position there.

On July 23, 2007, I was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Yep, I was not ready to have my world and my family’s world rocked like this. I mean, come on, I am too young to have this going on. I am posting my journey through this battle with cancer on this site. You can follow by selecting “The Journey” from the categories list and read our progress to date. Everyday is an adventure. This is where this blog fits in.

This blog will reflect my random thoughts on family, life, kids, Christianity, faith, sports, health, whatever! It will be from my perspected, however slanted that may be. This is the real me, no posers allowed!! I hope that you come back and visit from time to time and my hope is that God will receive all the glory.

Humbly serving,

Stef

16 Responses

  1. Hey Stef,

    Just found your site….and can I just say how much I have enjoyed reading it. Its great to read and be inspired by someones thoughts, feelings and actions. You have been a great testimony to me over the years, and God will surely reward you for your actions. One of these days we’ll have to get caught up, until then just know I’m praying for you and your family. You have always been in my thoughts largely in part to the great respect I have for you. Thanks for being a great boss and friend.

    Let’s keep in touch,

    Randall

  2. Hi Stef,
    Just want you to know that we love you and will be taking this journey with you through our thoughts and prayers. You have always been special to us, and we know God has a special plan that right now we can only trust Him for.

  3. HI STEF,
    I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT I HEARD ABOUT YOUR STORY AND PRAYER REQUEST FROM YOUR SISTER-IN-LAW, KAREN. I READ YOUR BLOG AND WAS VERY WARMED BY YOUR GENUINESS AND YOUR POSITIVE ATTITUDE WITH FIGHTING CANCER. MY SISTER-IN-LAW ALSO JUST RECENTLY FOUND OUT SHE HAS LUNG CANCER THAT HAS SPREAD TO HER BRAIN AND LYMPH NODES. SHE HAS JUST COMPLETED THREE WEEKS OF RADIATION FOR THE BRAIN AND HAS TO WAIT THREE MORE WEEKS TO SEE IF THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE. THEN SHE WILL START HER CHEMO AND RADIATION FOR THE OTHER SITES. SHE ALSO IS OF THE MIND SET THAT LET’S ROCK AND ROLL AND GET STARTED WITH THE TREATMENTS ASAP.
    SO NOW EVERYTIME I PRAY FOR HER AND HER FAMILY I WILL ALSO ADD A PRAYER FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. PEACE TO YOU AND YOURS, KAREN

  4. Hey Stef and Sandi,
    Our family is praying for you! Will check your progress in this journey through your blog and your in-laws…so many people lifting you ALL up to our amazing and healing God!!

    Oh, and by the way…my boys said to tell you that Crazy Frog is awesome! 🙂 We know he gets mixed reviews!

    B & J

  5. Stef (&Sandi),

    Wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We were sad to hear your news, but we are hopeful in a God who can work miracles! You have lots of love and support around you! May God bring you peace and strength to get you through this fight.

    Paul & Jackie Wetzel

  6. Dear Stef, Sandi and Family:

    Plese know that we are praying daily for you both. God is too good to make a mistake. He will direct you both each day. We will keep up on your progress on your blog. Lord bless you both. If we can help in any way other then prayer please know that we are here.

  7. hey, Stef…just heard about your website. my wife (Dawn) and i are praying for you and your family. thanks for being real and sharing your thoughts online.

    make it a GREAT weekend (go Bucks)!
    john wambold

  8. Hi Stef: You won’t remember me, but I am Heather Hochstettler’s mom. While I haven’t been where you are with cancer, I was given a 10% chance to live 20 years ago. My doctor asked me if I believed in miracles, and i wasn’t sure if I really did at the time he asked me because I was so sick, but I as I lay in intensive care for all those weeks, I began to believe in miracles. I know that sometimes satan puts so many doubts in our mind that we begin to believe them. What you need to keep in mind is that Satan cannot take one day from your life…when God needs you, he will call. I never believed I would be alive after all my operations until God (I do believe he smacked me up to the side of the head with his love time and again) told me that I had no right to deprive my family and friends of what remianing time i had; enjoy life each day. What you are going through is normal; allthe feelings; now is the time for you to let God carry you (only one set of footprints in the sand, remember?) and all He asks you to do is just trust him. Right now that is a difficult thing to do because of what you are facing. God needs all of us to show you that while we have not been in your shoes, we have all been somewhere in your feelings. It is not a sin to show your tears and I appreciate your honesty about not wanting to die and being a little afraid…who wouldn’t be? What a man you are! Thank you for sharing your thoughts…please know that when Heather’s children pray, God listens! They are prayer warriors, John and Heather have taught them well. All of them pray so beautifully, Toran will pray for you EVERY NIGHT, you can count on it…Geneva…well, she’s something else. She will walk God through what He should do for you, step by step; Ridge, what a fine young man who walks closely with God and listens to what He wants Ridge to do; right now that is praying for you…Ridge will. Maddy-offers such touching prayers that God will be honored to listen to them. And Baby Rae, as well call her, will pray from her heart for not only you but your family as well. John and Heather have you on their prayer list as do Gene and I; our church is praying for you as well. Just KNOW that (and I am sure I don’t have to remind you) God is ALWAYS there even when we think he’s not listening or thinking of us…HE never fails. Esther

  9. HI Stef,
    Do you remember me? Uncle Steve’s daughter from California? (I now live in Dallas).

    Last time I saw you you were a young boy! I just got back from Sharon yesterday. It had been over 30 years since I visited Penn. Your mom and I visited quite a while. She got me up to date on your cancer. I didn’t know about your cancer till about 2 weeks ago. I’m so sorry you have to go through this terrible disease. It sounds like you have a strong support team. But most importantly it sounds like you have the most important thing in your life….GOD. Without God, I don’t think I could of gone through what I’ve gone through. You see I not only lost both my parents to cancer ….I almost lost my son to cancer! My son was diagnosed with ALL when he was 4 1/2 years old. We spent the next 2 1/2 years going thru chemo & radiation on a weekly basis. It was a very long haul of ups and downs. Living day by day…not knowing if my son would survivie took a toll. My son, Jon, survived but my marriage did not. It’s been over 4 years now….Jon is in remission and living a healthy, normal active boy lifestyle!

    I just want you to know that God DOES have a plan and His plan is always better than ours. It’s not fun and it can be a struggle that we think we can’t survive. But He never gives us more than we can handle. Remember to stay focused on HIM. “If you will abide in Me, I will abide in you.” (John 15:4).

    I truly believe if you can look through every hardship there is a gift….you just need to find it.
    You are in my prayers Stef. I will continue to pray for you and your family. God Bless.

    In His Name,
    Susan

  10. Stef-
    we never met. kurt p told me about you.
    just wanted to let you know that today you are in my prayers.
    the God who brought you this far will not drop you. trust Him.
    HE’s right in the middle of your pain.
    One Love!

  11. I already posted this once, but I think I posted it in the wrong place.

    My name is Marta Gerrity, I have a volunteer group that makes prayer quilts for people fighting cancer. I was wondering if it might be okay for one of our volunteer quilters to make a prayer quilt for you. I am including a description of what a prayer quilt is and if you would like to see some pictures of some of the quilts we have sent out, please let me know and I will send them to you. If it is okay for us to do a quilt for you, please let me know what types of things you like and what your favorite colors are, so we can make it around your theme. Thank you ,
    Marta Gerrity

    Here is a description of a prayer quilt. I call them “Patchwork Prayers”

    Patchwork Prayers is a simple idea with powerful results. The warmth of the quilts comes from the prayers tied into each knot on the quilt. As the quilt is constructed and the knots are tied, prayers are said for the ill person. When the family receives the quilt they can tie a knot on the quilt and say a prayer, they can then give it to their ill loved one. As the patient has visitors, their visitors can tie a knot and say a prayer. The patient is then wrapped in love and prayers. I hope that the prayer quilts will offer love, hope, comfort and warmth to the patient and their family.

  12. God bless you. Just came across your site, and your attitude towards all this is inspiring.

  13. […] been following Stef’s blog for a while now, watching his journey as he battles stage 4 colon […]

  14. Stef-
    Joe and I have been reading your blogs faithfully for some time now. Thank you so much for allowing us to follow you during this journey. My how inspiring you and Sandy are to us. We pray for you everyday.
    In Him-
    Andrea

  15. Stef,

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I know you from having worked at Nationwide Children’s and know and appreciate your kindness first hand. I read your blog and pray for your recovery.

  16. Stef,

    I just found out what is going on with you. God bless you; I know this is not an easy road you are on. I pray for strength and patience and God’s grace to carry you. You’re in my thoughts.

    Paul Pantzer
    Cedarville ’92

    Marblehead, MA
    ppantzer@aol.com

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