“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”Romans 12:12 NIV
I know it has been some time since my last update. I could suggest that there really hasn’t been enough newsworthy items to make it worthwhile of your time. In reality though, it is more of a laziness factor than anything else.
The last I left you, I believe I was scheduled for my second PET scan to evaluate the progress of the chemotherapy. As testament to God’s grace, the scan indicated very significant reduction in both size and luminosity. (The brighter the areas, the more active the cancer cells.) The fact that the cells had decreased in luminosity, as well as size is evidence of the chemotherapy’s effectiveness.
I didn’t realize it until the follow-up Dr. visit but apparently, I was very close to becoming paralyzed from the cancer. The various Dr’s kept telling me they were surprised I could walk. I had assumed they meant because of the pain, I didn’t realize it was because I shouldn’t have been able to because of the cancer. God is good … In great and small things!
On Tuesday, I had my final chemo treatment. I will be going back for another PET scan in four weeks to ensure the cancer is gone. (Praying it will indicate full remission.). If any cancer cells are found remaining, we will begin radiation treatments.
I’m feeling much better than I look — if you notice my picture below, and are trying to figure out who I resemble. That would be Uncle Fester from the Addams family. Since loosing my hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, as well as the moon face from the steroids, It looks like I might have found a long lost relative ;). Btw, the cupcake in the foreground was given to me by the cancer center to celebrate the end of chemo. It was delicious!
May God bless each of you!