Friday, July 25, 2008
As many of the readers of this blog are aware, my wife of 36 years, Ginger was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in October, 2006. The cancer had metastasized to several other organs including her liver. She underwent surgery immediately and the largest of the tumors were removed. Since that time, she has been receiving chemotherapy in six month stints, with brief respites. She just completed the third such round of chemotherapy, and the results have been excellent. Today, we saw her oncologist, and he showed us the scans from the CT she had Monday. The spots on the liver, easily seen on all previous scans, are now practically indiscernible. The doctor told us that when he first viewed the scans earlier this week, he thought he must be looking at the wrong sets. He was amazed! So are we!
by the Metolius River in Oregon, one of our favorite retreats!
The recommendation is to extend treatment for two months after the cancer is no longer detected. So Ginger will be continuing the chemotherapy which she has been on for the last six months until the end of September.
Needless to say, we are thrilled with this news, and very thankful. Colon cancer is, of course considered incurable, but can be managed, sometimes for a very long time. We are hopeful! And we are so very thankful! Hundreds of friends on four continents have been praying consistently. We are so very grateful for this effort!