Treatment 8 of 12 (10/4/2012)Posted: 10/04/2012
Today is treatment 8. We saw the doctor today as a follow-up for the PET and CT Scans done on 10/1. The scans show a small nodule (3mm) in the lower right lung. This nodule is too small to determine if it is cancer or not. It could be that the nodule is related to congestion / inflamation or it may be another solitary tumor. The tumor that was surgically removed on 6/1/2012 was also in the lower right lung. That nodule was 14mm when it was first detected and 18mm when it was removed.
The prognosis for this nodule is to watch it closely — I will receive another CT scan in six weeks. If that CT scan shows growth in the nodule the recommendation will be another lung resection surgery to remove the nodule and determine if it is cancer or not. If it is from congestion / inflamation it will likely not be present in another six weeks. If the nodule turns out to be cancer I will stop the FolFox chemo treatments and a new treatment plan will be developed.
Today’s treatment will include a reduced amount of oxaliplatin. I will likely have the side-affects similar to previous treatments; so I expect that Saturday and Sunday will involve a lot of sleeping.
I know you all are praying for me and I know that God has a plan for me. And I’m confident that God’s plan will prevail and it is exactly the best plan for me. The only frustrating part of this is I don’t know what God has planned, then again few of us actually do know. None of us can see what God sees and therefore I surrender my life to Jesus and trust that he will help me be the best servant I can be.
Today, instead of requesting your prayers for me, I request that you pray for my family, especially for Connie and my step children. Connie and I were married on 7/11/2009 and we were excited to begin a life together. Our plans are to see our children graduate from college and begin lives of their own and to spend quality time spoiling future grandchildren. Cancer was NOT part of this plan. It was especially not part of the short-term, five year plan!
Connie and her children already had to deal with cancer once in their lives. Connie’s first husband Bruce battled cancer for three years and succumbed to the cancer on October 7th, 2005. This was a very stressful time for Connie and her children and I ask you all to pray for them, on the anniversary of Bruce’s passing. No one should have to deal with this ugly disease; but having to face it twice is an unfair twist of fate. I really feel bad that Connie and her children are now part of my battle with cancer. I’m very happy they are here with me, but I am saddened that we all have to live with a cancer cloud looming over us.
So please pray with me that Connie and our newly blended family receive God’s love and feel God’s peace in our hearts and souls, in spite of the cancer challenges. Amen