Bad News Today (06/25/2015 Update)

EmotionalRollercoasterMore prayers requested…

We’ve been in a very comfortable six month remission since my December 5th surgery. And today we hit a bump in the road. I went in this morning for another blood test and Erbitux chemotherapy treatment.  

We were all confident that I would receive another <1.0 CEA, just like the previous ten treatments. My wife was confident enough that she decided to work and let our son go with me to this treatment (this was the first doctor visit that she missed and the first visit that Bryce went ). My doctor was confident enough that he decided we can skip this treatment to let my face and chest heal a bit more from the Erbitux rash. This was a welcomed decision given my daughter Anna’s upcoming wedding on July 4th.

So I left my doctor’s office, happy that I had another break from chemo, and fully expecting a text message reporting my stable CEA level (my CEA test takes several hours to be processed so I usually get results later in the day, after the blood draw and after the doctor visit).

However, instead of the usual text message I received a call from Dr. Krauss. He quickly started with his too familiar opening “I’ve got bad news.

My CEA jumped to 8.0 in two weeks. This is not a good sign.

He continued, “It could be a false read.  However, I want to move your scans up sooner rather than later.” 

So now I’m going back to Ann Arbor tomorrow for a CT and MRI scan.

We need to stay focused on the upcoming wedding and try to choose to be happy and keep faith that this is all in the Lord’s hands.

Meanwhile, your prayers are formally requested once again.

And I know and appreciate (more than you know) that many of you have continued to pray for me and my family. Thank you so much.



5 Comments on “Bad News Today (06/25/2015 Update)”

  1. Linda says:

    So sorry to hear about this set back. You are certainly in my thoughts and prayers! God has done some amazing things in your life in the past months. He is going to continue to touch your life. Take care and keep looking UP!!

  2. Katie says:

    So sorry to hear this. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

  3. Colette & Darrick says:

    Another detour in the marathon. Dang it! Like every other time news isn’t the best, you’ll make great choices and keep fighting with lots of love and support from all of us in your corner!!
    Keep those boxing gloves handy while your are celebrating this beautiful week with your amazing family! We love you guys
    Prayers for health, fight, happiness, and a beautiful week to come
    Colette & Darrick

  4. Carole MacKay says:

    I was very dissappointed to read of this change. I’m praying it was a false reading. You’ve sure been fighting the good fight, and I’ll keep praying for you and your family. I hope the wedding is beautiful and you’re able to think about nothing but that.

  5. Krea says:

    Phil: Sorry to hear this news. The LORD already knew this was going to happen, and now He’s letting you and your family know. He will walk with you each step of the way. I’ll keep praying for your recovery and that this is a false reading.

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