Just for fun, I follow a certain stock on my Market App. I can get a line graph that plots its progress and regress. I don’t really understand it beyond the obvious.
However, its recent activity mirrors what’s going on with me. UP down, UP down, UP UP, down down down, UP down. That’s pretty much what it’s like around here as far as our experience with Mike’s disease. We’ve had down: first diagnosis. Then UP: remission. Then DOWN when cancer required palliative measures (ERCP) on a 3 months schedule. Each of those appointments is a DOWN UP.
Throughout all, our friends have prayed for us, supported us, helped us, and ministered to us. And we have weathered on. Keeping the disease and diagnosis stored in our brains, our best plan has been to go on living, being as normal as possible.
We’ve sat, breathless, waiting for the doctor to come into the examining room to discuss Mike’s latest CAT scan. We’ve leaned forward, anxiously, only to be told that there was nothing to report. We've eased back in the chairs.
However, last Monday, that scenario changed. Dr. Moore reported that the CAT has found 2 lesions on Mike’s liver. That’s from NONE to TWO. In less than three months.
Also, the tumor marker, a protein produced by tumors which was elevated before has now doubled that higher number.
Mike’s blood chemistry has been compromised by chemo which the doctor had said Mike would use until it did not work. It now does not work.
And so we face decisions about further treatment. Mike will meet with his doctor next week to discuss this.
We thank you for your continued prayer. We will keep you posted.