ONE POINT ONE (05/16/2013 Update)


I am elated to give a wonderful update today.  Praise be to God!!!

Connie and I went to Ann Arbor for three different doctor appointments yesterday.  We met with the surgeon who performed the liver resection, a genetics specialist, and my oncologist.

The surgeon was very pleased that healing is progressing very well.  He recommended continued rest when tired, moderate exercise, and to see my oncologist for subsequent treatment as soon as possible.  I asked him if meeting my oncologist in a few hours was acceptable and he smiled with approval.

The genetics specialist reviewed my case to see if there might be a genetic explanation for having two cancers before the age of 50.  While I tested negative for the most common genetic explanation for cancer susceptibility the oncologist ordered a long-shot follow-up test for another known condition.  She also explained that there may be unknown genetic causes that they simply have not yet learned about and assurred me that there was an army of researchers hard at work, looking for new insights into cancer causes.  I agreed to participate in research and I pray that this team will find causes that lead to cures!!!

The Oncologist had the best news of all.  My CEA level tested as 1.1.  This is the very lowest level since starting tests over a year ago.  More importantly, the green strip on the bottom of the graphic below represents the normal range for CEA levels.  As you can see this is the FIRST TIME my CEA level has fallen within the normal range! Yah!!!

20130516 CEA Update

And more good news

I was prepared for the oncologist to start the remaining chemo treatments immediately; however, I was pleasantly surprised that the good doctor said it was fine to extend my break from chemo a few more weeks.  Therefore I will not start chemo until Thursday June 6.  That means I will remain chemo free (and free from the side-effects) through Memorial Day weekend and through the June 1st Colon Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk!

I am really looking forward to seeing many of you at this important fundraiser.  I will be very proud to walk with all of you for this cause!Colon Cancer Awareness

For more information on the race you can follow this link:

May God continue to bless and keep you all as we begin this warmer season!

Your brother in Christ,


6 Comments on “ONE POINT ONE (05/16/2013 Update)”

  1. Krea Gregory says:

    Phil: Thanks for sharing this news with us! I’m happy to hear that you will be able to participate in the Colon Awareness Walk. I pray for your continued well-being and return to health!

  2. Johnny and Lori Scamihorn says:

    Good news. Thank God for these results. Lori and I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks for the walk.

  3. Jerry Schmidt says:

    Phil — Awesome news. Thanks for the update.

  4. Little Brother says:

    Looking forward to joining in the 5K walk. And I hope to do a few other projects with you soon too. I’m glad I finally got to read your blog. I’ve been busy with the new house. Fixing some closet door pulls tonight. Have to run, love

  5. Mary Salens says:

    ALLELUIA! i am so happy & thankful you are where you are! Thanks to Father Solanus Casey too. We will see you on June 1st and look forward to walking together with you and others to find the cure once and for all. Love you much!

  6. Karen DeLand says:

    Thank you for sharing the great news Phil! So happy to hear you’ll be able to participate in the walk this weekend- hopefully the Marlins will bring you home another trophy this weekend too- a Win/Win!! You are, and will continue to be, in our prayers!

    The DeLands

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