I often refer to myself as the “happy reporter.” I love sharing good news and hate sharing the bad. Tonight, the reporting is easy because I’ve got good news on two fronts.
First, I met with the radiologist today and got good news on the scan I had Friday morning. Dr. Patel said the tumor is about half its original size and, more importantly, much less dense than it was before. He is very pleased with the results and said that the tumor is probably breaking apart and dying. He went on to say it’s also very good news that the scan of my colon came back perfect, which has been the case with every scan of my colon for the past five years. Thank you, Dr. Midis!
We’ve scheduled another scan in March to see how I’m doing.
I am still doing chemo and will see my oncologist on Friday, Nov. 13, before having another infusion. My guess is he’ll want to continue on with chemo despite the good results of the scan, but that is only a guess. I’ll know more after I talk with him.
The other good news relates to genetic testing I had done several weeks ago. They ordered the testing because I had very advanced cancer at a relatively young age with no known risk factors. It seemed likely there would be a genetic cause, which would mean my sons and close blood relatives would have a greater risk of contracting the disease. The results came back negative – no known genetic cause for my cancer – which is good news for my family members!
I continue to feel pretty good most of the time, although I have to be very careful to take it easy and not do too much. That’s easier said than done for me, but I am learning to behave. Naps are my friend, and I seem to need one most evenings.
I’ll close with news that I haven’t talked much about it because it feels like bragging. I am the Honoree for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Gala this Friday night. I am humbled and honored to be chosen for the recognition and pray that my story will reach a whole new audience with the message of hope and that all glory will go to God. I was telling someone the other day that I still frequently lose my voice but every time I have a speaking engagement it comes just when I need it. Please pray that I will have a voice on Friday night and that my words will touch hearts and bring hope.
Praising Him with or without a voice,
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21