Thursday, November 15, 2007

Anniversary of Sorts

A year ago today my doctor called to inform me that the mass he found was Stage IV Colon Cancer. Wow the time has passed so quickly. I’m doing well. I’m healthy and I’m very blessed. I just wanted to say thank you to for your prayers and your support during this last year. You have been such a blessing to me and my family. This journey has been such a blessing to us. We’ve been able to encounter so many individuals that got to hear of God’s miraculous love, grace & mercy.

I am very fortunate this evening to be able to spend time with my family. Josh & Dusty, Austin & Cyndi and Lori & I will be attending a concert. Steven Curtis Chapman is in Asheville tonight. It’s very appropriate that it is the Miracle of the Moment tour. We are definitely celebrating the moments that we have. The kids are looking forward to seeing a concert with me especially with an artist that I had the privilege of working with during my time at EMI. They just wish I could still get backstage passes. It should be a great time together.

I hope this finds you all well. I pray that you all have a blessed Thanksgiving. Give thanks for He is good.

-- Scott

We can only LIVESTRONG™ if we’re GODSTRONG™.

Here’s the lyrics to the song

Steven Curtis Chapman - Miracle Of The Moment

From the album This Moment

It’s time for letting go

All of our if only’s

‘Cause we don’t have a time machine

And even if we did

Would we really want to use it?

Would we really want to go change everything?

‘Cause we are who and where and what we are for now

And this is the only moment we can do anything about


So breathe it in and breathe it out

Listen to your heartbeat

There’s a wonder in the here and now

It’s right there in front of you

And I don’t want you to miss

The miracle of the moment

There’s only one who knows

What’s really out there waiting

In all the moments yet to be

And all we need to know

Is He’s out there waiting

To Him the future’s history

And He has given us a treasure called right now

And this is the only moment we can do anything about

And if it brings you tears

Then taste them as they fall

And let them soften your heart

And if it brings you laughter

Then throw your head back

And let it go, let it go

You gotta let it go

Listen to your heartbeat

Monday, October 29, 2007

First Place

This weekend TC Roberson Marching Band placed first in 4A Competition at the Foard Marching Band Classic. This is the first time, that we are aware of, that this has been accomplished. Also the drumline placed first. Again another first. This was Austin’s last high school competition. What a way to finish.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Wedding

Josh & Dusty were married October 20th. It was a beautiful day in Wilson, NC. The service was great as was the reception that followed. We were excited to have so many family members and friends share the occasion with us. Lori & I are trying to recover. As soon as more pictures arrive we will be posting more.

Monday, October 1, 2007

The Weekend

Well I made it through the weekend. We had a band competition on Saturday. The band did good for their first outing. You might be wondering why I refer to it as making it through. It was a year ago at this competition that I started to realize that something was probably wrong with me. It felt really good to be there watching Austin and not worrying about what could be wrong with me. So much has happened over the last year. I am just so thankful for where I am in the journey.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Good News

I went to see my oncologist yesterday. Everything looked great. My levels are doing well. It was actually good to see him smile as he was giving me the results. I go back the week before Christmas for another visit.

We also helped Josh move into his new apartment yesterday. He is very excited abut this new chapter is his life. Yes, it’s only 4 weeks until his wedding. I think the reality is setting for all of us.

I cannot thank you enough for all your support and prayers.

If you have the opportunity don’t forget about my friend Cliff Phillips. He’s training hard to the NYC marathon. We’re still raising support for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. If you can donate it would be greatly appreciated.

You can do that here.

If you have already done so...THANKS. If you can’t donate that’s OK as well. Pass this link along to someone who might be able to.


We can only LIVESTRONG™ if we’re GODSTRONG™

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

At last an update

Well summer is about gone. My doctors are very pleased with my continued improvement. All the tests that I have had throughout the summer, as well as the reversal of my illeostomy, have come back very positive. Starting September 18th I will begin my maintenance visits with my oncologist. They will be every 3 months for 3 years. I just want to say thank you all for your continued prayers for these past 9 months. We have seen God just do the miraculous. It is so good to be feeling good again.

Things around our household are totally crazy right now. Everyone’s doing great. Josh’s wedding is about a month away. He moves in to their new place in about 10 days. Austin is in the midst of applying to colleges and marching season. Lori is back at school dealing with all her other kids. I’m still doing what I love to do. How could I not....everyday what we do has the chance to change life for all eternity. That is what got me into the music business and what has sustained me to almost 20 years.

Thanks again for all your support and your prayers.

-- Scott

We can only LIVESTRONG™ if we’re GODSTRONG™.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

It's been a while...

Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on where we are in our journey. June 26th was my last chemo treatment. Everything went well with the last couple of treatments. Now we are on to the finishing touches. I’ve had in the last 2 weeks a colonoscopy and a CT scan. Everything looks good according to the doctors. August 6 I will have surgery to reverse my ileostomy. I’ll be spending a couple of days in the hospital. Then in September I begin my 3 month appointments with my oncologist for maintenance. My blood work has been good and my markers look great (according to my oncologist). Now we’re on to the next chapter in our journey.

I just want to thank all of you for your continued prayers and encouragement. Please don’t stop. This has been an incredible journey. I’m looking forward to what God has in store for us next.

If you have the opportunity don’t forget about my friend Cliff Phillips. He’s training hard to the NYC marathon. We’re still raising support for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. If you can donate it would be greatly appreciated. You can do that here. If you have already done so...THANKS. If you can’t donate that OK as well. Pass it along to someone who might be able to.

Thanks again

-- Scott

We can only LIVESTRONG™ if we’re GODSTRONG™.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

What a ride...

This is an off week for chemo. Our last visit was a little bit rough but it was worth it in the end. The oncologist told us we would be done by mid-June. So we only have 2 more treatments. Thanks for your continued prayer and support.

Over Mother’s Day weekend we had a graduation and a wedding shower. Our parents were in town to make the weekend great. What a blessing to have our family around to share it with us.

More to follow...for now



We can only LIVESTRONG™ if we’re GODSTRONG™

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

4 more to go...

Sorry for the delay in my communications. After yesterdays treatment we are left with 4 more to go. The doctors are very encouraged with my progress. My blood counts are staying stable and they are thankful for the weight gain I’ve been experiencing. Not really sure I am. I didn’t think I was the vain type but after losing 100 pounds gaining 20 back has been a shock. Once the treatments are complete I will be able to get consistent with a diet and exercise program.

Yesterday was a hard treatment for me. Not so much physically but mentally. I went into it just wanting everything to be done. I was tired of the routine. Shortly after my treatment started Lori & I had the entire nursing staff talking with us. It was just what I needed to get me focus back on the task at hand. God uses so many things and people to get our attention.

Things have been crazy around here since I last talked to all of you. Austin spent his spring break in Gulfport, MS with the youth choir and band. The choir spent the day painting and constructing homes that were damaged by Katrina. The band (Austin played drums) spent the day setting up the stage and rigging which took about 5 hours and then after the performance it was about 3 hours to tear down. It was long and hard but when he got home all he could talk about was going on the road. Wanting to share with anyone who would listen, the message of Christ. This was the groups second trip down there. They capped the trip off by singing the National Anthem at the Atlanta Braves game. We are so proud of him and of all the kids and leaders who went.

Lori & I decided to go to Atlanta and make a weekend of it. We had a blast. We were able to get together with Cliff Phillips and his family. It was great to see them. Cliff is busy in training for the NYC marathon in November. Lori’s parents came up to see Austin at the game. We had a great time with them as well.

Then there’s Josh. As of yesterday he is finished with his college career. He is graduating May 12th with his BS in Music Technology. He is also graduating Magna Cum Laude (3.87 GPA), and with distinction as a University Scholar for completing the Honors College. We are so proud of him. So if anyone is looking for a great new audio engineer / studio musician let me know. On top of all that there are still wedding plans to be made for the October 20th event. This is going to be a fun weekend.

As you can tell these last few weeks have been really focused on being with the family. We’ve all been trying to move forward and get to a “normal” living. You know I’m not really sure what “normal” is. Through this event we will never be the same as we once were. We can’t.... Life means so much more.

There is so much left for me to do. For us to do. God has been stirring all of us to make use of every moment, every conversation, every talent, every laugh, every tear, every “good night”, every “good morning”, every “Thank You”, every “I love you”. They mean so much more.

I’m not guaranteed tomorrow, all I have is now. That’s all any of us have. So I’m using whatever time I have left to try and make this disease matter. To use the incredible gift of life that I’ve been given to glorify my creator. To try and make this new life count for the Kingdom.

I hope this update finds you all well. I can’t thank you enough for all your prayers and support during this time. If you have any prayer requests please let us know as we will be sure to stand with you in prayer. Until next time.


We can only LIVESTRONG™ if we’re GODSTRONG™

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Half Way

Yesterday I came to the halfway point in my treatment. My oncologist tells me I have 6 more treatments. That will bring me to the last week of June. My blood counts held steady and I will have a complete blood work up next week. I have gained weight over the last 5 weeks. So he’s very excited about that. All in all a good day. Generally most chemo days are spent reading or listening to some of my favorite podcasts (see below). It helps eat up the 6 hours that my treatments take. Once again I had an opportunity to share the story today with a student nurse who is graduating next month. She wanted to know how I could be so upbeat while I’m there for chemo. So I told her. I’m not sure that nursing school prepared her for what she heard.

Thank you all for your constant prayers and support. Words cannot express our gratitude. If you have not heard yet, my buddy Cliff Phillips ran the ING Atlanta Half-Marathon. He did absolutely great and I am so proud of him and the work that he is doing with the Lance Armstrong Foundation. He’s starting to train for the NYC Marathon in November. If you’d like to know how you can help us in this cause check out Cliff’s site: Those of you that have already helped, THANK YOU!!!! If you can pass the info on to someone else. If you can’t help at this time we completely understand.

Everything around here is absolutely crazy. Our youngest son Austin, is getting ready to leave on a mission trip to the Gulf Coast with his church youth choir. He will be rehabbing house by day and performing in the evenings. Our oldest son Josh is frantically finishing up his last semester of college. He’s taking his comps for his major and finishing out honors college. If that isn’t enough he’s planning a wedding. He will be married on October 20. Lori & I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary this June. We definitely have a lot to be thankful for.

I hope this update finds you all well. If you have any prayer requests please let us know as we will be sure to stand with you in prayer. Until next time.

Favorite Podcasts

Light Without Limits – Dr. James Walker (my pastor) -

Grace Brethren Church Calvert County, MD – Robert Wagner (my uncle)

Walk in the Word – James MacDonald –

Rolling Hills Community Church – Dale Ebel (my former pastor in Oregon)–

A New Beginning – Greg Laurie-

First Baptist Church Naples – Dr. Hayes Wicker (my church in FL) -

Active Word – Bob Coy –

Strength for the Journey – Dr. Joe Stowell -

-- Scott

We can only LIVESTRONG™ if we’re GODSTRONG™.

If you can help with our fundraising for the NYC Marathon on behalf on the Lance Armstrong Foundation please click below.

Cliff Phillips’ site:

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Team Phillips / Wagner Accepted in NYC Marathon

Got this in from my great friend Cliff Phillips. Cliff and I have been a great team in the past. Now we’re teaming up for a different cause. If you can help us that we would appreciate it. your support will go for a great cause.

Team Phillips / Wagner Accepted in NYC Marathon

March 25th is just around the corner for the ING Georgia Marathon/Half Marathon.

Ok, first things first. I spoke with Scott Wagner yesterday and he's doing great. The chemo is going good and hopefully he'll be done by the summer. Any of you that know my history with Scott know that he and I have been known as a pretty good team at times in the past, now we just have a different cause. Please continue to pray for Scott, Lori, Josh, and Austin. If the cancer isn't enough reason a wedding this year is. Stay strong Scott, because of this God will keep using you in ways you've never imagined.

Second! I'm pleased to announce that we have been officially accepted to run as a proud member of the Livestrong Army in support of the Lance Armstrong Foundation in The New York City Marathon in November. I say we because this is, has been, and will continue to be a team effort. You may have noticed that my financial goal significantly increased this week due to the good news. For those of you that have already contributed, I would ask that you please send the link from this page on to at least 5 other people that have an interest in helping us to fight cancer.

It's been absolutely amazing to see friends, current and former co-workers, and family all come together over this cause since we started it just about a month and a half ago. I almost cried this week, I'm getting more sensitive in my old age, when I saw a donation from a long time friend from the music industry who made a donation in honor of his mother and Scott. Many of us remember that time and I feel blessed that we have an outlet to help us fight this terrible disease.


Okay, since I've last updated, I arrived back from Mexico with a severe high ankle sprain inflicted by a nice Argentinian masseuse named Ramon that stretched the ligaments in my ankle a little to far during a sport massage after my long run in Cancun. I'm sure the flight back the next day didn't help much either. It certainly has thrown a wrench into my training over the last week but I was able to crank out my 11 mile run last Saturday. I'm continuing to ice it daily and it's coming along ok. It's probably at about 70% but I'm hoping to be closer to 90% by the time I line up for the race. I wish we were running tomorrow. I feel ready, except for the ankle, and March 25 can't get here fast enough. One upside is that I've been able to drop the extra 3 pounds that I've been fighting to get off. I'm now at 185. My perfect weight. No more weight and no less weight.

Next week's update should be fun. I hope to be covering the very important topic of what's on my IPOD for the race.

Stay tuned!!!

Fins Up and Livestrong!!!!

Cliff Phillips

Follow This Link <> to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Lance Armstrong Foundation

-- Scott

We can only LIVESTRONG if we’re GODSTRONG.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Good Week

Just wanted to give everyone an update on my progress. We’re approaching the halfway point with my treatment schedule. Next Tuesday (March 20) will be the mid-way point. The new treatments are going well. Whatever the new “cocktail” they’ve mixed for me appears to be working well. I am feeling great. I appear to be getting stronger every day and I’m actually gaining some weight back.

The only issue we’ve had is that my last blood work showed that my white cell count dropped substantially. It wasn’t low enough to interrupt my treatment schedule so my oncologist is not alarmed. However, it concerned me because it was the first big drop.

I appreciate all the emails and notes that keep coming my way. I am constantly amazed at how God is using this ride for his glory. I’m finding myself in conversations everyday where I get to share His story. In fact my whole family is having the same experience. We’re currently going through a series at church on Romans 12. We’re all learning new meanings on being a “living sacrifice” and “one body” as we continue on this journey.

We serve an awesome God. I must admit I don’t understand the reason for the adventure however, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I am learning so much on this adventure about me , about life. We as a family have been taking this opportunity to examine ourselves and look at what is truly important to us in this life we have. Oh how that has changed in the last 4 months. Instead of being completely wrapped up in my career, I’m looking for those opportunities to serve others. It really is amazing to see the responses of people when you say the word cancer. It really opens doors. The conversations get flowing.

I hope this update finds you all well. If you have any prayer requests please let us know as we will be sure to stand with you in prayer.

-- Scott

We can only LIVESTRONG if we’re GODSTRONG.

If you can help with our fundraising for the ING Georgia Marathon on behalf on the Lance Armstrong Foundation please click below.

Cliff Phillips’ site:

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Next Step

Well it’s been a week since my last chemo treatment. Feeling great except for a cold that I can’t seem to shake. It appears the new cocktail and wearing the pump for 46 hours seems to be agreeing with my system. I know that can change at any moment but we’re enjoying these days.

God has been opening so many doors to share. It has been amazing. In fact all of us (Lori, Austin & Josh) are having these opportunities to share. We all come home after our day and share what conversations we had and how God has opened that line of communication with someone else.

We have been so overwhelmed but the notes, emails, cards, & letters that we have been receiving. Thank you all so very much to all of you. Please keep on praying. Pray for our continued treatment as well as the opportunities that He will place before us.

Until next time.


Sunday, February 11, 2007

Opportunities Abound

Greetings everyone,

I’m sorry I know it’s been a while. This last chemo treatment has been a rough one. The oral medication I’ve been taking built up a toxicity in my body that caused major problems to the point last Tuesday evening I was taken to the ER after collapsing into my youngest sons arms. Thankfully he’s 6’2” and strong. We were admitted and found out that my kidneys had shut down and my BP was 61 / 35. By Wednesday morning that was all corrected and I was taking massive amount of fluids to re-hydrate. I was discharged Friday and I feel great. GOD IS GOOD.

I begin a new regimen tomorrow. I have IV chemo tomorrow and then will be fitted for a pump to administer chemo for an additional 46 hours. The pump is about the size of a Cracker Jack box. My oncologist is very confident that this will go well. He reminded me that we’re going 6 months and then were done and he doesn’t want to see me for a year. I’ve said it before...if this is the worst it gets I am luckier than most.

In all seriousness the coolest things are happening because of this. God has opened so many opportunities to share my (it’s not my story it’s HIS) story with so many people. In fact during the hospital stay I was able to share with all the nurses on my floor and the lab techs as well. In fact one nurse was so intrigued by the book I was reading (Beth Moore’s “Praying God’s Word”) she started to ask questions about “this Jesus stuff”. How great is that, at 4:00 am while I’m having blood draws & vitals taken, God is at work.

So thanks again for all your prayers, notes, calls and cards. It is greatly appreciated. Please keep me in your prayers as we begin this new phase of treatment. We’ve got July 1 as our target stop date.

One more thing, a very dear friend is running the Inaugural ING Georgia Marathon/Half Marathon on March 25th. It will benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation on behalf of Cancer Research at Vanderbilt University Hospital and myself. A half marathon is 13.1 miles and we’re asking for people to please contribute at least $1 a mile if you are stretched for money and at least $2 a mile if you feel that you can afford to donate more. Here is the secure link to do that. If you can participate we would greatly appreciate it.

God’s peace to all. Until next time.

-- Scott

We can only LIVESTRONG if we’re GODSTRONG.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Journey Continues


Just wanted to give you a quick status report. Overall I’ve healed up pretty well from the surgery. I began my chemo treatments yesterday. Everything went well and I’ve had a great day today. I pray that it will be like this for the rest of the 6 months. I am doing an IV treatment every three weeks and taking chemo pills for the next 14 days. The side effects are about the same for both. My prayer is that the side effects would be minimal during treatment.

Thanks again for your support and especially your prayers