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Another Decision

Our visit to the oncologist yesterday was the added confirmation that the promising TheraSphere treatment would not work. The newest scans revealed the tumors continue to grow, not at an extremely rapid rate, but steadily.

The visit left us with another decision to make. A new chemotherapy treatment that targets a specific type of pancreatic cancer was approved this spring. It’s not a cure, but a possibility at prolonging life. Hmm… Prolonging sounds almost negative. Let’s say it could give us more precious days together!

There has always been some question as to the exact categorization of Matt’s pancreatic cancer. This treatment only targets one specific type—but that may be exactly what Matt needs. The only way to find out for sure is to try it.

We are going over the risks and side effects related to this treatment before we will make a decision. If this were a possibility of a cure, a temporary loss of quality of life would be acceptable. But it is not offered as a cure and we do value quality of life. Please pray for us as we will be making this decision over the next few days to a week.

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  1. December 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Hoping for the best…

  2. tracy
    December 1, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    praying ❤

  3. Karen Moore
    December 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Prayers for direction and answers while you weigh this decision.

  4. December 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Our prayers are with you as you make your decisions.

  5. December 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    hi Rosie, Our prayers are with you and Matt. I am confident that God is going to show HIMSELF real to you both.

  6. December 2, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Hang in there my friend. I’ve been praying for you both.
    Linda

  7. Byron and Linda Myers
    December 6, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Rosie, I really appreciate how thoughtfully you write about the Journey you kids are on. You graciously balance the sadness and struggles, along with finding every day you are given together as precious. You aren’t afraid to talk about the cost of losing some quality time together in hopes that a new treatment option might give you a few more days in return for enduring “near” death. In the bigger picture, it is clear that you both want to be used for God’s Glory each moment while you look forward to being face to face with the Lover of your soul. Bless you both. May God continue to give you strength and courage for the days ahead.
    Love, Byron and Linda Myers

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