Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Less-bad Report

FACT: In January, Mike's doctor told us that latest CAT showed 2 lesions on his liver.
FACT: He began 'the last thing we can do for you' chemo regime.
FACT: This regime has about a 20% chance of slowing the cancer.
FACT: He is supposed to get two drugs, on two days, two weeks apart.
FACT: He has missed two weekly treatments as his platelets were too low.
FACT: He continues to experience a lot of pain and takes increasingly strong doses of pain killers.
FACT: Last week, he got another CAT.
FACT: We went to yesterday's (4/22) appointment, ready for bad news.

So, amid discussions of Mother's Day, Father's Day, anniversary, relocating to the lake, and the 5th annual "I'm not dead yet" birthday party, we both expected that such dreams would vanish like a puff of smoke.

Turns out as per his doctor:

"Some things are smaller. Some are larger. We call this 'disease stable'. Let's continue with chemo."

So God, you give us more time together. Show us what we are to do with this time.

And blog friends, thank you for being faithful. God's blessings rain down on us, in big ways and small.

And.....we will keep you posted.


  1. I cannot begin to imagine the pain Mike is experiencing Lynne. But this latest blog is such good news, as you say, God is giving the two of you more time together. Prayers for you both. -Browning

  2. I have a wonderful book to suggest for your reading pleasure, which I picked up at the library:

    Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, by Eben Alexander. Here's the book description from Amazon.com:

    Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.

    Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back.

    Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself.

    Alexander’s story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.

    This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.

    With Loving Regards from a fellow seeker of the Light!

  3. Thanks for posting the update and keeping us informed. You must both be so weary from dealing with this. I am so sorry to hear that Mike's pain level continues to increase. Lynne, it has to be hard for you because I'm sure as his helpmeet, you want to fix it and make it better, yet your hands are tied. There really isn't much more you can do. How very frustrating to both of you.

    Continuing to pray for the Lord to bless both of you with His peace, strength, patience, love, guidance, and wisdom for the road ahead of you. What an awesome testimony you have both been to all of us who follow this journey on your blog. You will never know this side of heaven how many people you have inspired as you share your hearts with us. I know I have both laughed and cried as I've read some of your posts.

    Mike....perhaps you are still here because you need to write a book. You have such a way with words!!!

    Hugs to both of you,
    Stacy (Grams) Miller

  4. a book - I like the idea ... : ) love and prayers, janis

  5. Perhaps you're already doing what you're supposed to with this time. Inspiring others and demonstrating unconditional faith in His goodness.
    Bless you both.
    Jeff Kirk

  6. I agree, thatwith the beautiful writing skill you have, thete should be a book written. Even if it is simply your blog notes. They are beautiful. Prayers continue.
    Terri Helms