Anyone who knows me, knows I am a man of superlatives, but I don’t have words to describe the news we got today. I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to get the MRI results from Friday, but I just found out this afternoon and the wait was worth it. In the doctors words the MRI, “Could not look better!” I’m not even sure I heard all of the discussion right after he said that. Praise God! When He says He is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20) – He isn’t kidding.
We got in to see Steve, the physician’s assistant a bit after 1pm, and he was fantastic. We were using all the chairs and he was happy to jump up on the patient table. He asked me lots of questions to determine how I was doing and then told me I was doing great. I described my head pains and aches and he called them “radiation hangover”, which would last about six weeks. Great news. Then he asked me if I knew the MRI results and I told him no, but I hoped they were good. He smiled and said, “Oh, they’re going to be good. Come with me and we’ll take a look at them.” So we followed him into an even smaller room and he proceeded to give us MRI reading 101. He was genuinely excited to show us and couldn’t have been more positive.
After looking at the MRI we talked about the next part of my treatment. Steve explained that I would be doing a minimum of 12 months of chemo and that use of other drugs would depend on how I reacted. For the next two months I’ll just be on temodar,which I take as a pill. They will do further tests on the unstained slides I had Saint Francis send them and depending on how they turn out I’ll either start other drugs earlier or wait and return to Duke after I have another MRI in two months.
The doctor we met with after Steve, Dr. Vredenburgh, just couldn’t have been nicer. I participated some in the conversation, but confess I was still processing the incredible results. Mike and Lisa asked lots of questions and the doctor was happy to answer all of them. It was impressive. You would have thought Mike and Lisa were medical professionals. I finally asked him what results we wanted from processing the unstained slides. Don’t ask me to explain it :-), but here is what I’d like you to pray:
– MGT of 0 (zero)
Positive EGR vIII
– Normal P-10
– UnitedHealthcare coverage for Avastin and Tarceva
We don’t know if I will need Avastin or Tarceva, but if I do I want to make sure they are covered.
I’m sure the doctors all think this is the result of radiation and chemo, but you and I know differently. This is the work of our incredibly amazing and mighty God because He loves us and loves to answer the prayers of His children . I can’t thank you enough for your constant petitions on my behalf. God is performing a miracle in my life. I believe God has healed me, but PLEASE continue to pray.
I will provide more details after I return home, have more network bandwidth and am a bit less emotional.
I need a miracle, God specializes in them, pray BIG!