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8/25/2016 Latest post:
Romans 8:28; And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.
On July 20, 2016 I went to Rockwall Surgical Center for a colonoscopy. Dr. Cloud found two masses and told my friend, Jan, that he would see me at 1:00 pm the following day in his office. On July 21st he told us that he believed one was cancerous and the other possibly precancerous. The biopsies would be back in a week to confirm. On July 26th I went to Baylor to have an MRI with an IV. They administered Glucagon in the IV, then you feel a rush, a little nausea, then its gone. The Glucagon slows down your system, so they don't get a blurry picture. So, in the tube I go. I closed my eyes and talked to Jesus for an hour. When it's over it takes a few minutes to get back with the program again. I was hungry and thirsty, so I drove across the street to the drive-thru McDonald's. Problem solved! On July 28th back to Baylor I go. I had two cat scans with an IV. The tech said you're going to feel real hot, which I did, but then it was over. I felt good after those scans, so Jan and I drove to the new Norma's and we had a good breakfast. Afterwards we started making our way back to Rockwall. We met up with my sister, Royan, and my niece, Ashlea. The four of us went to see Dr. Cloud. He did confirm that I have Stage 3 Colorectal cancer. He met with the team of doctors from Baylor called the Tumor Board on August 4th to discuss the best plan of action for me. Our next appointment with him was scheduled for August 8th, but was changed to August 11th. The four of us met with him again. There is an 8 cm mass up against the wall and one lymph node with cancer on the outside of the wall. The cancer has not penetrated the wall, as we suspected earlier, so that is an answered prayer. On my right side there is a precancerous mass. Dr. Cloud has met twice with Dr. Paulson, an oncologist at Baylor. They both believe that chemotherapy will wipe out the mass in my right side and also in the lymph node. They will be concentrating on the 8 cm colorectal mass. On August 15th, I had my first appointment with Dr. Scott Paulson at the Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor. He's a young, sharp guy and I really liked him. His plan of action for me is to first have a PET scan which is scheduled for August 22nd. The treatment plan is to take a chemotherapy pill twice a day and to have radiation five days a week for 5-6 weeks. No port, no IV chemotherapy, and no hair loss!! Three prayers answered all in one appointment. Thank You FATHER!! Then I will rest for 6-10 weeks. After that time, I will have another MRI to see how the masses are shrinking. Only then will surgery be considered. On August 18th I had an appointment with a Radiation Oncologist at Texas Oncology to discuss setting up the radiation schedule. I will start the chemotherapy pill and the radiation on or about August 30th. Please lift me up to the Lord in prayer as only He can heal me. I Thessalonians 5:17 says, Pray without ceasing. Please pray and watch what the Lord does. May this disease bring glory to Him! Today, 8-22, I had a pet scan. I had to prep for 24 hours for this scan; i.e. no caffeine, carbs, or sweets. Just protein and water all day Sunday. This morning I had to fast. Before the scan I had 2 radioactive drinks and a fasting blood sugar, which was 71. Yea! Good numbers! Then I got the IV, they injected glucose, and said when they remove the needle, I cannot move a muscle for one hour! OMG! I got comfortable in a recliner, so I would not move. They turned out the light and left the TV on. Finally, they came to get me. I laid on a hard board for 30 minutes going in and out of the tube as the scan did its thing. Oh Father, I would much rather be at Heath! The students started today, so even though I missed their first morning arrival, I did make it to work by noon to greet everyone. Now we wait for the results and see what the Lord has in store for me. James 5:16b says, The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. May all God's people please continue to pray for me. Thank you for your prayers, love, and support. I am so blessed!