Tuesday, June 26

Good news and a bit of a surprise

Well Ladies and Gentlemen, I have been to the doctor and am home again. First off thank you for all your prayers these past few months. It's been a long road, and it looks like we still have a ways to travel, but more on that later.

After the 2nd round of chemo my tumors have shrunk. All of them have diminished in size, some drastically and some only slightly. When Lisa looked at the scans she could tell they had shrunk so it's not just medical, "These are smaller... really." type thing. PRAISE THE LORD. That was what we have been praying for. It is super encouraging to know that the chemo has been working, that the stuff I have been going through has actually had an effect. Continue to pray as I go in for chemo tomorrow morning that it continues to work well in my body and that God continues to move through these drugs.

After that news there was a bit of a surprise as well. It appears that I am to undergo 7 rounds of chemo. Not just 3. (He had originally said 3 and then surgery, so Lisa, Nancy (Lisa's mom) and I were a little surprised to hear I'd be under going 7 rounds.) Round 4, 5 and 7 will be longer (5 days) but fewer drugs (2 instead of 3) and we're still trying to figure out the best way to head off the thrush after chemo so I can eat. So, it looks like we're still a ways out from surgery (3 to 4 months?) but God is good.

Thank you so very much for your prayers, especially your continued prayers as this is looking to take a lot longer than we had originally anticipated. (At least this first time around.) Praise the Lord for His goodness. Thank Him for answering our prayers that the chemo would be effective, and continue to pray that I would be healed.



  1. WOOOO HOOOO!!!! SHRUNK TUMORS??? Praise the LORD that's wonderful news!!! We'll keep praying for sure. (thanks for keeping this updated, i've been checking it all morning.)

  2. Anonymous12:57 PM

    As a Dad (and a guy) we don't like to admit to crying. I will admit that I have tears of joy with this news. From tears of sorrow with learning of the cancer to tears of great joy. Wow, what a great God!!!


  3. Yay! Great news! Ian and I are all in a dither of happiness. Bummer about more chemo, but at least there's the sense that it's DOING something. We'll keep praying -- clearly it works!

    - Katie

  4. Wow...just reading Dad's note, this is the verse the Lord gave me this morning:

    "Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting."


    "The Lord had done great things for us;
    We are glad!" (Ps. 126:5,3)

    Yes, we are very, very glad!! Let's party tonight!!!

    I love you,

  5. Ben, that is brilliant news! Praise the Lord.

    We are praying for you and Lisa.

    In Christ,
    Jessie (& Robb)


  7. Anonymous5:49 AM

    people you will never meet (until we meet in eternity) are praying for you.
    glad for the encouraging news!


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