I am writing early to let you know the results of our day.
The good news is that Ray's doctor believes that his increased symptoms are not coming from the tumor growth in his liver, but from his spleen enlargement which she attributes to one of the drugs that she is discontinuing. Praise the Lord!
There is certainly some growth of the tumors in Ray's liver, but it is not overwhelming, nor unexpected given his tumor marker numbers.
She is optimistic about the new chemo regime and is checking out some additional medicine to give in combination with the chemo.
Because it is cram packed at the clinic, and more importantly because she does not believe there is a risk to waiting, Ray's next chemo will occur as planned on December 1. So, our Thanksgiving plans are back on track! Lots of fun and pictures, pictures, pictures, before Ray loses his hair!
We are so relieved at this news. Though there is certainly some work to do still in shrinking the tumors, we are not anywhere close to where we started and there are some good drugs ahead. And, the tumor growth was not what we had feared given Ray's symptoms.
As always, God was with us, not just in these answers to prayer with the results, but in assuring us of his constant calm presence.
And we know that you were there too. Thank you for surrounding us today. I am somewhat surprised that the scan did not reflect the cloud of angels around Ray. Then again, perhaps it did.
"O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago." Isaiah 25:1
not alone and not afraid --
kristin and ray