Father, thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you that your are for us, walk with us in all of life and that you are sovereign over all. Thank you all for continuing to walk with us and pray for us.
This past week Theresa’s coughing got progressively worse and her chest pain has returned. She is pretty fatigued, feeling like she is doing continual exercise with her rapid heart rate. She feels the fluid around her heart is increasing as well. A discouraging week.
She had the PET scan, which shows metabolic active cells taking up the nuclear tagged sugar molecule. Many processes in the body take sugar, but cancer cells and inflammatory cells take it in much more, so this scan shows areas of increased uptake that are very active metabolically. The test is coupled with a CT scan to help place the results anatomically.
Her PET scan showed persistence in the active metastatic cancer around the heart, the pericardial sac – so the chemo didn’t get rid of it. It also shows the lymph nodes in the center of the chest up to the neck being very active, and increased activity in the thyroid. So Theresa’s symptoms correlate with what was seen on the PET scan. No metastasis were seen in the liver, abdomen, bones and joints. The effusion around her heart is growing, now at a moderate level.
Some patients with metastatic breast cancer have a CA15-3 blood test that is useful in showing if the cancer is stopped, stable, or growing. Theresa’s CA15-3 has been increasing since February when we started tracking it again, confirming that her cancer is growing. Though it is possible the chemo she had, did slow it down.
Because of the possibility of an inflammatory condition going on, either the cancer, or another process, a complication of her treatment medications, her oncologist felt she should be on high dose prednisone for now. Theresa didn’t want to go back on prednisone as you can guess as it causes insomnia and puffs up her face. But if it is possible that it controls her symptoms, then it may be worth it. We will try to see her oncologist next week to see if there is anything else we should consider.
As you can guess, this news coupled with Theresa’s increasing symptoms has been very disheartening. And as you can guess, the tears, staying just below the surface, make their way out. There is anguish of soul and pain of dreams not attained. Yet we are reminded this is not our home, that this “tent” we live in will be exchanged for a “mansion”. There is no comparison to living in a tent when you could enjoy the comforts of a house. And God tells us the same is true when we transition to our home with Him. We hold tight to his promises, staking our lives on them, which is also confirmed by the spirit’s work in our hearts and lives.
Continue to pray. Thank you for continuing this vigil for us. will continue to keep you engaged.