The test was repeated this week and there has been another 31% decrease! To say that we are excited is an understatement. The number is still quite elevated and I still have cancer, but the trend is moving in a favorable direction.
I continue to feel well, with only an occasional "bad" day every once in a while. This is usually related to my not eating on schedule.
I've lost 31 pounds and I'm training for a duathon (speed walking/biking) in early June! I exercise daily to help with my glucose levels.
I only have to go into San Francisco twice a month now. While I didn't mind the frequent trips for the first two months of the trial, I am glad to have more free time. I've been blessed to spend some of this time with some special people.
As I live my daily miracle, I'm often reminded of the tragedy that exists all around me. I have two friends going through some difficult times right now and I know of many others whose medical news is not favorable. Others are still walking in the shadow of death as they grieve the loss of loved ones (I've attended three memorial services in the past six weeks). There's no "getting over" a death and the path to recovery is a long and difficult one.
I encourage you to remember those in your life who are hurting. Don't expect them to stop hurting ... simply be there to share the load. As Sam Gamgee said in The Return of the King, "I can't carry it [the ring] for you, but I can carry you!" In our friends' lives we may not be able to carry their burdens, but we can carry them.
Look for creative ways to carry another. Pray and put feet to what God directs you to do.
Love is an action word. Thank you for all the action you have shown me in these past two years (Yes, I have been living with cancer for two years now!).