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A First


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We had a first today, but a bit of history first….

The doctors never have had really good news for us. Treatment after possible treatment has ended in failure.

Our previous appointment showed more growth than seemed reasonable—considering during half of that time Matt had been on Afinitor. It didn’t leave a real positive feeling towards believing the chemo was really working.

Granted, one could argue that the growth had been greater the first half of the time before Matt began the Afinitor, and that the Afinitor really WAS working. One could argue thus….

Today’s follow-up appointment to Monday’s CT scan was a first. It was the first time the doctor actually looked at us and said, “I think it’s working.”

He proceeded to show us the results. There was some growth, but so minimal compared to normal as to be insignificant. The chemo may not be stopping the cancer dead in its tracks, but it is definitely slowing it to a mere crawl. 

What does this mean?

It definitely means something much better than if we’d been told that the tumors were continuing to grow at a steady rate.

It definitely offers the hope of many more months than seemed possible.

Obviously nothing is for certain. There are still many variables. Yet, if the chemo continues to do its job, the median number of months that it has been shown to hold tumors at bay is 11 months. A possibility of 11 months of minimal or no growth has a definite appeal to it.  It offers hope.

And you know what it does? It gives me the joy of getting to share some really good news with you for a change! Thank YOU for your prayers. We ask that you take a moment and praise the Lord with us over this great report!

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  1. May 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    praying for your husband

  2. ontheplumtree
    May 10, 2012 at 6:11 am

    You and your husband are inspirations, Rosie. I share your hope.

    • May 10, 2012 at 6:25 am

      Thanks, Niamh! All the credit goes to God, the One who has given—and continues to give—the grace we need for this trial. I love how He strengthens us in our weakness! 🙂

  3. May 10, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Praise the Lord for this hope. Thank you for your courage in sharing.

  4. Deborah Harris Anziano
    May 10, 2012 at 7:27 am

    PRAISING our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and praying without ceasing :)))

  5. May 10, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Praise God for hope.

    • May 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Can I just give you a smiley back on that comment? 🙂

  6. Fran Steitler
    May 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Rosie, I believe in miracles and this confirms it. I believe in the power of prayer. We worship the one who raised the dead!!! I believe God has ordained the world of medicine also and He has certainly used these doctors in Rochester to give you all extended life. I am praying for you and Matt.

    • May 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Yes, God is definitely using those doctors in Rochester! I can’t imagine being an oncologist, dealing day in and day out with oftentimes terminal cases. I’m thankful they do it.

  7. May 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Gracias a Dios!

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