Tom and I traveled to Corinth yesterday for our visit with the oncologist. I honestly cannot categorize the news, but I can say that we were grateful for what we heard. The cancer has not progressed, but neither has it disappeared. For me the cancer news was overshadowed by the news that my lungs are irritated. The chemo has caused the problem and the lungs are the reason I have been so fatigued, have run the low grade fever, experience shortness of breath and have had a cough that I couldn't kick. Symptoms of the last four weeks have been similar to some I had prior to the admission to the hospital in September, 2006 for pneumonia so I wasn't terribly surprised to hear about lung problems. I am currently being treated for the symptoms, resting and waiting to see what happens with the cancer. I will see the doctor monthly and have blood work done to help him with his assessment. A newer drug he has wanted to try, but couldn't because of insurance restrictions is now avaiable to me so it's possible I'll change drugs again. For now, it's get the lungs well and rest.
Yes, I wanted to hear those special words, "You are cancer free," but was not devastated that I didn't. My trust in God is not one bit less and I'm still praying expectantly. It was good to have an explanation for my problems of the last several weeks and even better to have something to treat the symptoms. I actually slept all night last night without coughing. That was a bonus!!
I haven't updated you on Tom lately, mainly because I haven't felt a lot like writing, but also because his medications have more or less stabilized his condition. He has given his all in taking care of me and I know there have been days when he didn't have much more energy than I did. He is the world's best husband. His not being able to drive is a real handicap, but we have learned to manage. He is really making the effort to get ready and go to Sunday School with me. Our worship service is at 10 a.m., followed by SS, so neither of us has tried to make that. With my teaching responsibilities, I can't afford to get too tired going to church and then not be able to stay for SS. I'm hoping that soon we'll get back in our Sunday routine. Now, if I could just get some weight on him, things would really be looking up!!
Again, we thank you for your prayers, your cards and letters, phone calls and e-mails. We are truly blessed to have your names in our address book and the memories of you in our hearts.