My scan results indicate that things are pretty much the same as they were two months ago. Between the three scans, there is mention of healing lesions and mention of very little change (if any).
All in all, this means that the primary goal has been reached! Everyone is in agreement that the cancer is staying put and not moving around my body. I am medically classified as "stable." I will continue on the trial and will have more scans in two months. Because of the reduction in my tumor markers, it is hoped that the secondary goal of reducing the existing cancer will also be met.
I'm feeling very good physically and have been given conditional approval to try running again. I'm to listen to my body, though, and the second it hurts, I'm to stop. That may be 20 seconds after I start! :D
My glucose levels are as controlled as they are going to be. I'm learning what works and what doesn't and I must admit to enjoying the weight loss. I'm down 30 pounds since the beginning of October. I'll keep pressing on for a few more.
I feel like I'm living a daily miracle. I still have cancer and I still want it gone. However, I'm grateful for the gift of each day and I hope to take great delight in each day. It does help that I'm feeling well again as I'm fully recovered from whatever bug hit me last week.
Rachel's fully recovered from her wisdom teeth removal, but now Michael is down with a cold. We're hoping he'll be able to go to school tomorrow, but he's pretty congested with lots of sneezes. Poor kid.
John Ortberg (teaching pastor, MPPC) gave a message on "I have a friend who believes ... suffering disproves God." His points included most (if not all) the thoughts I've encountered over the years, especially during these past two years. You can find his message here: http://www.mppc.org/series/i-have-friend-who/john-ortberg/i-have-friend-whobelieves-suffering-dispro...
You can choose to watch the video, download the MP3, download the transcript or even download a study guide.
I hope you find it as meaningful as I did.