Wednesday, October 23, 2013

God is good; I am blessed!

(I’m pretending it’s still Tuesday, even though the clock has ticked past midnight.)

So, I’m guessing by some of the feedback I’ve been getting the last few days that some of you have been thinking I’ve forgotten about you, and others are wondering if I’m already dead.  I’m sorry!  Between being quite busy and feeling I didn’t have much to report, I haven’t sent an update for a while.  However, now that I have news, here it comes….

This morning I was fortunate enough to go on a lovely walk around the lake with my lovely wife and an uncle and aunt who were here for a visit.  It really was beautiful, with the fall colors, and a very calm lake.  The only ripples on the lake were the occasional duck making a large V in the water.  There were fresh signs of beaver, as well.  I felt truly blessed to have this kind of beauty right outside our back door.

After that it was time for a trip to the oncologist.  My schedule was slightly altered this week because of the oncologist’s availability.  I didn’t have my chemo on Monday.  Instead, last Friday I had an interim CT scan, followed by a visit to the oncologist today to hear the results.  Chemo this week will be Wednesday.

Well, if you’ve been reading my stuff you’ll know that the oncologist has never really been very upbeat, and has never (as far as I remember) actually given us good news.  Today was different.  According to the CT scan, two of my tumors that measured 2.5 cm had shrunk to 1.4 cm and 1.2 cm respectively.  The others showed similar shrinkage.  So, needless to say, that was great news.  It means that the surgery will almost certainly proceed as planned (sometime in December).

I’ve been saying all along that if it were the quantity of prayer that made the difference, I’d be healed.  I still don’t believe it is, but this certainly appears to be an answer to the many prayers that have been expressed on my behalf.  (After all, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t all the Peter’s burgers I’ve had the last few weeks!)

Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers!

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