July 9, 2019

“I’m happy” were the first words spoken by my doctor when he walked into my exam room this morning. He went on to describe the cancer on my liver, in my lungs, and the thrombosis (the streamer) up to my heart.  He said the tumor on my liver has actually decreased in size.  They suspect part of it may have died due to the treatment or cutting off of the blood flow to it during the stopping of the internal bleeding I was experiencing back in April. The lesions in my lungs actually have increased a little in size but the quantity has stayed the same. The increase in size maybe due to the immunotherapy treatment that is causing inflammation. And finally, the thrombosis has stabilized. All the above may not sound like great news because, relatively, everything is about the same. However, he saw this as great news because my type of cancer is very aggressive and grows very fast to the point you can measure the increase in size every day. So the fact that everything is pretty much stopped in its tracks is a good indication that the therapy is working as he’d hoped.

So I couldn’t help but ask what that meant to me.  Is this going to increase my lifespan to four years instead of two or three?  Or do I get to live out a normal life until a ripe old age? He said there is no way to tell. Immunotherapy is relatively a new treatment that’s only been around for about two years and my type of cancer is so rare, no one can be sure how it is going to react over the long term or even the short term.  So all I can do is accept his prognosis and continue to put my faith in the Almighty.

I am not feeling great but okay. I continue to take care of a few chores around the house until my body says enough is enough. I have plans to go fishing tomorrow to catch my first Skaneateles Lake fish!  Today was a good day and hopefully tomorrow will be a better one, etc, etc, etc

Continued prayers are most appreciated!

Proverbs 3:5-6:   

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

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