Friday, January 30, 2015

Medical Update on Derick's Mom

Several readers have requested an update on Derick's mom, Cathy Byrum, so here it is. :)

On April 10th of last year, two weeks after Jill Duggar (now Jill Dillard) got engaged to Derick Dillard, Cathy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Now, almost ten months later, Cathy is doing exceptionally well. She recently had a PET scan and a bone marrow biopsy, both of which came back clear. She will have another doctor's appointment in two months but will not require future scans unless symptoms reappear.

A week before Jill and Derick's wedding, Cathy's oncologist did not expect her to survive another day, but she proved him wrong and even made it to the wedding. Cathy's story is nothing short of a miracle. Jill says that Baby Dilly, due in less than seven weeks, cannot wait to meet his grandma!

Jill Dillard, Derick Dillard, and Cathy Byrum visit Grandma Vergie,
Cathy's mother who passed away in November 2014

58 comments:

  1. I am so glad she is doing better! Praise the Lord! :) How exciting, she must be blessed to be having her first grandchild!
    Love in Jesus,
    Grace

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  2. Dear Lilly and Ellie, that's wonderful news for all of them! A question: One thing I've been wondering for a long time is where Josiah is. He's rarely seen on TV and photos. What is he doing these days?
    Thanks.

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  3. So very happy to hear she is doing well. Kim

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  4. Go Cathy! You're determination, spunk and appreciation of life are an inspiration!

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  5. You are an overcomer!!! Also I think Derick looks alot like Grandma Vergie.

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  6. I'm so pleased that she is doing so well. But I wish the outcome for my darling husband had been the same he sadly passed away from cancer on the 22nd of October last year and just 11 weeks later I lost my daddy so in a short space of time I have lost two of the most important men in my life.

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    1. Im so sad to read of your loss of precious loved ones. May our Heavenly Father give you loving comfort on every side you turn & in
      the deep places nothing can reach. Peace to you & may God be your all in all. X

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  7. So happy about her recovery! Hopefully she continues to live a healthy lifestyle (all the sugar the little girls ate at their sugar party is NOT food that is recommended for people with health concerns as all that sugar and carbohydrate has negative effects on the body. I have read that some recovered when she eliminated the carbs from their diets.) Obviously Cathy is doing something right and I hope she gets the supports from those around her and they create an environment of the very best health choices for her and she is not always running against a bad habit current around herself. More power to her!

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  8. That is wonderful news! God Bless all of you!

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  9. So glad to hear she is better.

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  10. I am very thrilled for Cathy and her family!!! May she be blessed with a full and healthy life!

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  11. Great news!!!!
    G-d Bless!

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  12. Im sure you didnt mean it this way, but the "she proved him wrong!" comes off a little antagonistic towards the doctor! Im sure the doctor was thrilled she did so much better than the prognosis showed. Glad to see Cathy is doing well!

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  13. Awesome!! So happy for her and her family!!! She is such an inspirations!! Best wishes for the future!!!

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  14. Wow, thank you Lord!!

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  15. Will pray for your continued good health...God is good!

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  16. Happy she is doing well and here to meet her Grandson.

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  17. that is nothing short of a miracle.

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  18. Im so happy for her. A miracle xxxx

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  19. Glad to hear she is doing better! Bet she can't wait to see her grandson. Derick and Jill seem like they will be great loving parents.

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  20. Very glad to hear!!!! So uplifting to hear this miracle through Christ the Lord

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  21. "Cathy's story is nothing short of a miracle."
    I would love to hear Carhy telling her story on TLC 19 kids and Counting.
    She too, is such an inspiration.
    I think Derick's marriage to Jill was a special gift from God to her.

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  22. I am so happy to hear of her victory!!! and so happy for all of you. God Bless You

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  23. Very happy for her..If you have to get cancer that is one of the easiest to cure if caught early my brother survived it 35 years ago ...Hugs

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  24. so-happy-she-is-doing-so-well-cant-wait-to-meet-baby-dilly.

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  25. I just lost my wife to Cancer, she was just 41 years old, she passed an hour after her Birthday party ended, I will pray for your Mom

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    1. Wow. So sorry for your loss. God Bless.

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  26. I love to see the prayers of believing Christians answered with a miracle from the Lord Jesus. Praise his name! So happy for your family! :)

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  27. Glad to hear that Cathy is doing better.

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  28. Glad Cathy is doing so well sorry for loss of Grandma Veggie... Hugs and prayers be sent to you all... Can't wait for the new season and new baby (babies) on the way...

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  29. That is great news. The power of prayers do work. I strongly believe in that. God keep Derrick's mom cancer free. I will continue to pray for her for you and your entire family. Best of luck and wishing you much happiness with the birth of your baby. May God Bless everyone.

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  30. Anonymous 29, do you only rejoice in prayers being answered favorably for Christians? All favorable responses that are asked from the Almighty Father are miraculous and should be appreciated. The prayer and request from a Jewish person, who believes in the same Creator as you do, should be rejoiced in also, by all.
    BTW, even though I am not a big fan of the Duggars, I am very happy that Derick's mother is well and I pray she stays that way. The Dillard/Byrum family has experienced more than their share of heartache in losing family members. Stay well, Cathy B!

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  31. How AWESOME! God is truly blessing her, first by guiding her son to a caring, compassionate woman to become his bride, then a honeymoon grandchild and now with an awesome prognosis.

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  32. I am so happy for her. It is demonstrated once more, that there is POWER IN PRAYER! Wishing her many more years, and blessings to come.

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  33. Am so happy for you , now that you are away from your parent home , you can learn what the whole world is like . Happy that you got a good family and hope you will live a different life .

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  34. That is great news God is good and he does hear our prayers

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  35. PTL! So thankful for her Devine healing! So thankful she will now get to see her first grandchild. So thankful for this miracle.

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  36. She can meet her grandson.

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  37. Excellent News! I'm so glad to hear that she is doing so well! I love this family and my family can't wait for them to return to tv next month!! :)

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  38. I'm so glad to hear that she is doing well!! Can't wait for the new season to start next month, we LOVE the Duggars!

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  39. God works miracles:)))

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  40. Anonymous # 7
    So very sorry to hear of your loss! Hope that the words at Psalms 34:18 bring you some comfort.

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  41. So glad to hear!! God is awesome!!!

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  42. So glad Cathy is doing well and will soon hold her first grandchild! It is probably a little bitter sweet since her mom (Derick's grandmom) will not be there for her great-grandchild. Praise the Lord for Cathy's renewed good health. Love on that grandbaby, Cathy! Cherish every moment....they moments fly by. xoxo

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  43. Everything seems to revolve around Jill and Derick. Why don't we see much about the rest of the family?

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  44. Praise God!!!! So thankful to hear the good news. God is our healer!!!!!

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  45. Praise God So thankful to hear this!!!!! God is truly our healer!!

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  46. That is an answer to prayer for sure. May the Lord continue to bless you all.

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  47. It is nothing short of a miracle that she is cured! Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers and sustaining her! Psalm 103:3!

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  48. @ anonymous 28

    I am sooo sorry!! :-(
    I will pray for you!

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  49. Does anyone know about Derick's other grandparents? I know Grandma Vergie just passed away, but what about his maternal grandpa and his Dillard grandparents. Also, what aunts, uncles and cousins does he have? That is family too...I'm sure they are happy for him and would like to meet and know his children too.

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  50. I am elated Derick's mom is doing great, but as one that has faced a close family member near death, it got kind of tiresome to me to hear from all the people that were praying for her were that God would (1) produce a miracle and keep her on this earth, NEVER that (2) take her home to Heaven. I heard this same thing when learning my granddaughter would have difficulties. The question I have for those prayer warriors is this: If God knows from the day you were conceived how long you will walk the face of this earth and knows when you will leave it, what affect do your prayers have? The prayers to me should be to help the inflicted one accept it and to help the family deal with God's will. That is a contradiction I find--if God knows when we will be born and when we will die--what does prayer have to do with it?

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  51. Glad to know that she's doing well. Praise God.

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