Thank you LORD for your mercy upon us, for allowing your favor to rest on us. We are humbled by your generosity. Thank you all for your prayers for us. God has heard them and answered them favorably.
Theresa had her PET scan Monday. The PET scan is a scan using radioactive fluoride attached to a glucose molecule. The day before the scan, she couldn’t exercise or eat any carbs. The idea is that fast growing cells and very metabolically active cells take up the radioactive sugar molecule and when read using both a CT scanner and Geiger counter type machine, has a 90% sensitivity in finding cancer cells anywhere in the body. So a normal study (where the brain and heart only light up because they are using sugar) is the desired outcome. Before the test she had to relax in a darkened and cool room for 30 minutes after the tracer was injected and then was scanned for 25 minutes.
Theresa’s scan was completely normal. Her breast, armpit, and liver didn’t light up (all of which showed tumor on other studies at the beginning of this saga). There was no abnormalities seen, which is what we were hoping for. So from a clinical standpoint her treatments have been a success and she is considered in remission, though what further treatment she will need to have for the next year or more is still up for discussion.
In recap, Theresa had a highly aggressive cancer, with a growth rate not normally seen, rapidly changing, with the breast cells showing some HERS-2-neu receptors, but lymph node cells showing no receptors. She didn’t have estrogen or progesterone receptors to block. At diagnosis, the cancer had spread through out her body, she was given 6-8 weeks to live by three oncologists, unless something was done and that something was questionable. Halfway through non-selective chemo, chemo was abandoned due to side effects. She was on receptor blockers that based upon her biopsy shouldn’t have worked. In addition to all of this, she reacted poorly to medications, had complications from procedures. Our only hope was the only hope that mattered. We were surrendered, broken, and accepted what God decided. Our struggle spread like wildfire in the community churches, through out the country and even over seas. Thousands lifted up Theresa to our merciful Father and kept her lifted up all this time. His church was of one mind and heart for her and God generously answered your prayers. Thank you! Thank you for walking with us. We are humbled and overwhelmed.
Theresa has been overwhelmed by God’s generosity toward her. She is overwhelmed by His meeting her in this way, valuing her in this way. In no way did we expect a miracle, for why would God bless her this way? He could have easily let it progress like cancer has done in many a life. I don’t know why. But I do know we are on the other side of a miracle. He answered your prayer and wants you to know He hears, He listens, his mercies are new every morning, he pours out grace upon grace in our lives. He wants his Church active and alive feverently engaging Him, and allowing His Spirit to refine us. Some day He will open our eyes to why. For those who love Him and obey Him, we are walking into a sunrise, knowing the best is yet to come. (Taken from Philip De Courcy).
We found out the results on Tuesday. Theresa wept and cried for joy for 6 hours. Yesterday sleep, rest and renewal absorbed the day. She is in remission. Uncertain if this means cure or return of the cancer at some point in the future. But today we will rejoice in the LORD and thank Him with hearts of gratitude. We are unworthy of this favor, we are humbled. “Today is the day that the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”. Selah (rest)