Thank you again for your continued prayers, up holding us before our loving Father. Thank you Father for answered prayer, sustaining us, encouraging us and for your favor resting on us.
Last week the roller coaster was going down hill, but this week we are going up. We were concerned about Theresa’s profound fatigue, though I also was pretty fatigued this week and couldn’t seem to get enough sleep. We were concerned that Theresa had either become more anemic, her thyroid was off, progression of disease, or delayed side effects from the Chemo. That morning she had started to feel better though. After seeing her Oncologist on Thursday, we were assured that her symptoms were probably Chemo related as her blood tests were stable. She should expect 2 weeks of fatigue after her chemo with improvement that last week before the next dose. In addition, there was more good news, from a clinical standpoint her exam Thursday showed no evidence of a breast mass or axilla mass, despite being beyond obvious in the preceding months, no mass can be palpated any more. Theresa has had a huge response, such that surgery and even radiation therapy will probably not be needed at the end of her Chemo. With this dramatic of a response, it is believed that her liver will be free of metastasis as well, when it is re-imaged at the conclusion of the Chemo in June.
Why cautious optimism? I guess it is how you look at it. God’s favor has rested upon us for sure and for that I am overwhelmed, humbled, and grateful beyond measure, for we deserve it not. God intervened for sure. In the past surgery and radiation where the mainstay of treatment, with Chemo used to go after the cells that had spread. But in Theresa’s case, it looks like the cancer is responding exceptionally well to the treatment she is undergoing, either divinely in spite of the Chemo, or the hand of God working with her treatment. It really doesn’t matter to me which way it is, because God is in control period! This was part of His plan, this outcome He knew, and only He knows these answers. From my perspective, going from a massive, very aggressive cancer that had metastasized with 6-8 weeks to live, to a potential of complete remission with very high percentage chance of living 10 years or more, is a miracle in and of itself. From despair to hope in just 3 months. I’m sure there will be bumps along the way as the chemo and Theresa don’t get along, but we have experienced the presence of God, His comfort, His people praying and blessing us in so many ways. The cautious part, is my analytical side, the wait and see, time will tell side. Yet it is really about the journey, being obedient accepting what ever comes our way and allowing God to use it to mold us, prune us, refine us and use us – no matter the outcome -good or bad from our perspective. “All things work together for good for those who love Him” that is what brings optimism and hope in dark times. Maybe I’m not cautiously optimistic but more overwhelmed by the favor of God upon us, and it is taking me time to process it. May you have a blessed Easter tomorrow.