Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Good News

Loved Ones,

We had a good day today. Ray's fever lifted and we were able to begin the 4th round of chemo. They are cautious and took some tests to ensure that there is no infection, but they too wanted to stay on schedule. We are so thankful for all of this.

When we met with the doctor, she pulled up the scans on the computer so that we could see the progress for ourselves. The liver looks great. There are definitely still some cancer spots, but the progress was remarkable. As we looked she said, "this is even better than I remembered." Praise the Lord!!

Likewise, Ray's liver numbers continue to improve. His bilirubin is now normal! And the rest of the other numbers are on the way down.

Ray's doctor is very pleased with the progress and is optomistic that it will continue. She cautions us however, that this is a long journey and that progress could slow or change at any time.

So. With that in mind, these are our prayer requests for the next few weeks:

Our next scan is in 8 weeks, after 4 more rounds of chemo. We are praying for a clean scan! Just seeing the progress with only three rounds, we know this is possible. We continue to pray for total healing and that the chemo will have a miraculous impact -- eradicating the cancer completely!

We did ask about checking the progress of Ray's stomach tumor and the doctor said that as long as the liver seems to be improving, she probably wouldn't do another scope for now, these things should go together.

It was a very long day as the additional tests for the fever delayed us and we didn't meet with the doctor until the very end of the day.

Your prayers and the one who answers them, hold us up. We are so thankful to God for the wonderful progress and we beseech heaven on Ray's behalf for complete restoration.

"It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night... For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands." Psalm 92: 1-4

not alone and not afraid --

kristin and ray