God is hearing your prayers for me, so please keep them coming! Remember after the PET scan a few weeks ago the doctor said he could still see my tumor? He said that it hadn’t shrunk and he thought it looked like scar tissue, but there was “little activity” (in other words, the tumor wasn’t lighting up like it should). I said it was likely the tumor dying. When tumors die, they swell up and then shrivel away. I believe the PET scan showed the tumor swelling up before dying.
Here’s the latest from Karsten (my calm-speaking husband, so EMPHASIS is mine):
“So, here is some preliminary good news from Wednesday’s MRI. You should know WE HAVE NOT SPOKEN TO THE DOCTOR YET. But, the radiologist's summary says that compared with the scan in January, there is a SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN SIZE OF THE TUMOR that is along the right side of her neck at the level of C6-C7, with the bulk of the tumor now measuring approximately 1.8 x 2.2 cm compared with 6.8 x 6.3 cm back in January. Now the purpose of this scan was not to measure the tumor, but to look at the damage of her vertebrae. I can't really make out what they're saying about it. The other thing is: I think they only looked at the area of the tumor around the spine. But, I think this is still very good news.”
This IS GOOD NEWS!!! I cried tears of joy when it sunk in. I KNEW God could heal me, I just didn’t know if He would. We will see the oncologist next week on Wednesday for his take on the results.
I’m still in a lot of pain from the damage the tumor caused, so it’s making this good news almost "hard to believe." When you are in constant pain and constantly exhausted, you feel like you’re still fighting (and you are). But after hearing this song my sister, Kelli Lin, shared to encourage me (because SHE is believing for me; and it’s one of our favorites), I realized there’s no room for doubt or ungratefulness. Since God can cure this nasty cancer in me a total of THREE TIMES (yes, this is the THIRD TIME; and this time I’ll STAY on the B17 He gave me), He can fix the damage Satan/the cancer has done. SO…since God can shrink my tumors and SET FREE the Israelites from Egypt, He CAN set me FREE the rest of the way and heal me! This video gives a good picture of what God did for His people and how much He cares for His children: for me and for YOU!
I'm so grateful to my heavenly Father. So very grateful!! There are just no words. God is SO GOOD!!! And He's still GOOD even if this wasn't good news.
I DO BELIEVE!
Look up "The Prince of Egypt - When You Believe" if this link doesn't work.
On November 1, 2010, I was diagnosed with Stage Four Non-Hodgkins T-cell Lymphoma when my oncologist found a tumor in my head. He gave me radiation for this tumor, which continued to light up on all the PET scans for the rest of my treatments, but the growth had stopped. Within a year-and-a-half I was given eight rounds of chemo (including 22-hour bags and other numerous amounts of smaller injections of chemo that are innumerable—nearly bleeding to death twice), 35 treatments of radiation, a stem-cell transplant (which included "enough chemo to kill a healthy person"—my oncologist liked to say—along with full-body radiation), and numerous amounts of drugs and one magnesium vitamin.