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One phrase describes Carol's journey through cancer - God is good, ALL THE TIME. Carol was diagnosed with ovarian cancer mid-November. The doctors recommended she receive the most aggressive type of chemotherapy as she was in stage IIIC. Carol's CA125 blood count at the point of her diagnosis was 19,000. Normal is 0 - 35. She had one large tumor the size of a fist and several (at least 6) smaller tumors. Her cancer was aggressively attacking her, so she determined to aggressively attack back. Carol's aggressive attack took on two forms. One - the aggressive chemotherapy, and two - the most important, daily going to God in prayer, asking for complete and total healing because Dwight and Carol know that GOD IS our great healer and GOD IS totally capable of complete and total healing, and GOD IS good, ALL THE TIME.
Carol began chemotherapy on November 21st. Carol's attitude during her first chemo treatment was, God is good, ALL THE TIME. After Carol's first chemo treatment, she felt great. Three days later she got sick one time, and that was it. Throughout the next seven weeks of chemo (8 treatments total) Carol did not get sick again. Carol takes naps in the afternoon, food doesn't really taste good and she has lost her hair, but other than that, she has had virtually no side effects to the most aggressive chemotherapy. GOD IS GOOD.
After three chemo treatments, Carol's CA125 count dropped to 2700. After two more treatments, it dropped to 378. Carol's CA125 count has gone from 19,000 to 378. God is Good.
After eight straight weeks of chemotherapy, Carol's body decided it needed a break. Her white cell count dropped and chemo needed to take a break. On January 23rd Carol headed back up to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN to have her CT scan redone. She met with the surgeon on Tuesday, January 24th. Dr. Dowdy informed her that her smaller tumors were "non-detectable" on her CT scan and her larger tumor had shrunk to the point that surgery was now an option. He also told her that her CA125 count was now down to 38.2. He said in all his years of practice, he has never seen a patient respond so well to chemotherapy. His hope was to get her into the 500 range. He said there is no explanation for how well she has responded. Carol's response was that there is an explanation, GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME. She told Dr. Dowdy that she believes in a God who heals and she has been praying that God would heal her and that God would use Dr. Dowdy to do it. God was providing complete and total healing through the chemotherapy, just as Dwight, Carol and so many others had been praying.
Surgery was scheduled for Wednesday morning, January 25th. This is where our journal entries begin. Please continue to read Carol's journal entries and lift her up in prayer. Carol is so thankful for the incredible support her and Dwight are receiving from their family and friends.