I'm not a big fan of music, but this morning, I turned on my Christian radio station from Pandora and enjoyed a few songs. It was the first morning that the kids were back in school and I was reveling in some stillness and some much needed solitude.
My friend, Wen, came to pick me up at 2:00 for my neurosurgeon's appointment. We ended up waiting for a long time, since I was a "squeeze in" patient. However, he was very encouraging.
1. He does not recommend surgery at this time. He believes the risks outweigh the benefits and thinks that radiation is the route to go. However, because I am considered to be "very fragile," he wishes for me to wear my cervical collar as close to 24 hours a day. This will take some adjustment for me to sleep in it, but I will eventually get used to it.
2. He will meet with the oncologist with his recommendations. He had already told her his preliminary recommendation of no surgery, but needs her to sign off on the final plan. He was very pleased with my physical exam today and said I was "completely normal" in a neurological sense.
3. I have a PET-CT scan on Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. Pacific time. This scan will reveal if cancer is present elsewhere in my body. A complete treatment plan will be put together based on the results of this scan.
STORMING HEAVEN'S GATES: It is our fervent prayer that Wednesday's scan shows NO CANCER! What a miracle that would be . . . to go from having cancer in my neck and spine to having no cancer at all! We are asking everyone to pray this request in Jesus' name. Should God wish to continue to heal through medical science (as He did in my breast), then we are asking for bone mets only. First and foremost, though . . . no cancer at all!
God is faithful, regardless of Wednesday's results. However, we passionately believe that he has said that we can pray confidently and boldly, asking for such healing.