Day 151 – Monday (01/21/19)

Next blog update will TRY to be posted by Saturday, January 26th, at midnight.

 

Hello again everyone!  15 weeks down, 3 to go!  I received my final chemo treatment this past Thursday!   To commemorate the moment, the doctors and nurses from the cancer center gathered and had a “gong” celebration for me.  There was a large gong that they put outside and let me beat it with a hearty victory *thwap*!  It was much louder than I thought it would be, but it felt good to “ring” in the next stage of my battle.  While it was a victorious moment, the day I’m really looking forward too is still several days away… The day I’m feeling better again AFTER that last chemo!  I’m predicting it will be the normal 8 to 10 days of feeling rough, stomach issues, metal tasting mouth, etc.  But, this should be the last time dealing with this!  Yea!!!  So, what is next?  Well, for starters, I’m going to keep this blog going with weekly updates until I am officially in remission.  Here is a timeline / important dates that I know of so far:

  • February 1st – Return to work.  I have continued to pray over this, and God has not given me any reason I should not be able to return to work.
  • February 3rd – PET Scan.  This scan will let us know (1) if the lymphoma is gone as expected, and (2) if the spot in my stomach is still there.
  • February 7th – Meet with Doctor to go over scan results (in the afternoon).  This will be a huge day, and I would appreciate everyone’s prayers on this day.
    • Best case: Lymphoma gone, spot in stomach gone, all that is left is radiation (currently estimated to last 4 weeks).
    • Medium case: Lymphoma gone, spot in stomach still there.  This would require a biopsy of the spot in my stomach.  I’m not sure if this is in tandem with radiation or how the timeline would work.  I’m not going to worry about it now.  I think the spot will be gone :)
    • Worst case: Lymphoma still there, possible extra cycle of chemo needed.  The doctor and I are very optimistic that this is extremely unlikely.

After February 7th, I’ll be able to post the results and provide more of a finalized timeline to official remission.  We are close, and the hard part should be behind me.  I’m very optimistic that God is going to help me finish this battle with the same strength he has given me during it.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You so much for helping me get through the last chemo infusion!  Today was the last day I had to take the prednisone also!  As each day passes, I see that I am one step closer to remission and having this battle behind me!  You have given me such awesome strength, encouragement, support from others, etc during this battle.  I cannot thank You enough.  You have shown me and given me a true testimony of Your love, mercy, and grace.  Help me to continue to share this testimony with others, and put people in my path that I can help encourage with my story.  Whether they are a lost person, and I can help point them to You, or whether they are saved, and just need reassurance that You are with them, I’m happy to help be Your hands and feet in whatever way You need me.  Please continue to be with me as I prepare to head back to work in 10 days, and please oversee the PET scan on February 3rd.  I have complete confidence You are in control of the results.  Thank You for everything, amen.

Day 143 – Sunday (01/13/19)

Next blog update will TRY to be posted by Saturday, January 19th, at midnight.

 

Hello again everyone!  14 weeks down, 4 to go!  This has been a really good week for me.  I have felt like my normal self.  My mind has not been foggy, my appetite is normal, and I have not had any stomach issues.  My next (and LAST!!!) chemo is this Thursday, 01/17/19.  I have been praying about when I should go back to work.  Should I wait until the next PET scan is done, and they confirm no more chemo is needed (and that the spot in my stomach is gone)?  Should I wait until I have done some radiation treatments and see how my body handles it?  Right now, my plan/goal is to return to work on February 1st.  I should be feeling well from my last chemo by that time.  Also, the doctor has told me that usually the radiation for lymphoma does not impact people much.  They only need a low dose to do what needs to be done.  The most common side-effects are redness in the treatment area, and general fatigue.

At the last prayer meeting at church, I asked the church to pray that God would give me wisdom on when I should return to work.  My biggest concern is that I go back too early, and I wind up needing more treatment, and have to miss more time.  The reason to go ahead and go back is that I’m having to burn vacation time to keep a full paycheck at this point.  Plus, a lot of what is to come is a waiting game (waiting on test results and such).  Again, my plan/goal is to return 02/01/19.  But is this God’s plan?  I talked with my pastor afterward, and he gave me some good advice.  He said (paraphrased), pray for God to reveal to you if returning on 02/01/19 is okay.  Don’t tell God I’m returning on 02/01 and ask Him to bless my decision.  After all, it is not our place to tell God what the best plan is.  He knows the future, and He alone can tell us the best plan.  With all this said, I would also like to ask my fellow blog readers to pray for me on this decision as well.  Pray that God will let me know when to return.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for a very good week.  You have shown me this week that there is clear hope and light at the end of this battle.  I see no reason why I won’t be “good as new again” once blobby is officially in remission.  I pray that You would give me wisdom in the coming weeks to know when to return to work.  I pray for this last chemo treatment, that everything will continue to go smoothly (no new side-effects or surprises).  Thank You that You are omniscient, and that You have given us the Holy Spirit to help us discern Your will.  Only You know what the future holds.  Thank You for all You do, amen.

Day 136 – Sunday (01/06/19)

Next blog update will TRY to be posted by Saturday, January 12th, at midnight.

 

Hello again everyone!  13 weeks down, 5 to go!  I’m just now starting to feel 100% after the latest chemo regiment.  This time it took a full 10 days before I’m feeling normal.  It seems this number of days is growing with each chemo infusion, but luckily I only have one more infusion to go!  I’ll go out on a limb and say I may need 11 or 12 days to fully recover from the last chemo, but I’m okay with that.  That chemo is scheduled for 1/17/19.

I had the opportunity yesterday to do the devotion at my kids Upward Basketball games for the players and their parents/grandparents/guardians etc.  I had to do it 4 times at the half-times of various games (broken up by age level).  If I had to estimate, I was able to do this in front of 200 people.  Rather than type out a whole new update for the blog this week, I thought I would just post the transcript of the devotion I gave.  I will say this, I’m so thankful that God is already giving me opportunities (in addition to this blog) to tell my story and point others to Christ.

 

How is everyone doing today!?

Let me start by asking you all a question.  How many of you have practiced over the past few weeks before showing up this morning for the game?

What are some of the things you practiced?

So, the reason why we practice is so that we are prepared for the game.

Just like taking a test at school… you have to prepare.  You do this by doing your homework and studying.

Even as an adult, I like to be prepared.  I have extra food in my basement in case we should get a big snowstorm and I can’t get to the store for several days.  I have a generator in case I should lose power for several days.  There was a time when I thought I was prepared for anything.

However, last August, something came along that I was not prepared for.  I went to the doctor thinking I was having a heart attack.  After doing a series of tests, I was told that my heart was fine, but instead they found a mass in my chest the size of a 12oz Pepsi can.  I was then diagnosed with a cancer called non-hodgkins lymphoma.

It was at that time I realized nothing could have prepared me mentally or physically to be told, at the age of 32… that I had cancer.  However, I thank God that I was SPRITIUALLY prepared.  You see, many many years ago, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into my heart as my personal savior.  Having the Holy Spirit living within me has given me strength and confidence as I have navigated this trial.  Today, I have completed 5 of 6 chemo therapy treatments, then I have 4 weeks of radiation, and by March, the cancer should be in remission.

Now, I’m not here today to focus on talking about me.  Rather, I want to tell each of you how you also… can be spiritually prepared…

You see, God gave us instructions in His Word, that we call the Bible.  Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Can anyone tell me what sin is?

That’s right; sin is all the bad things that we do.  Romans 6:23 says “for the wages of sin is death”.  The word wages means payment.  So what the bible is telling us is that we have all sinned, and the payment for that sin is death.  Luckily, Romans 6:23 does not stop there.  It goes on to say “but, the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord”.

The gift of God… What is this gift?  1 Corinthians 15:3-4 says “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”  John 3:16 says “for God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.

You see, the Bible tells us that Jesus died in our place for our sins.  However, He did not stay dead, but rose again 3 days later.  It also tells us that “whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.  The word whosoever means that this gift is available to each and every one of us.

So, let me summarize all of this.  In order to become spiritually prepared… in order to accept Jesus Christ into your heart as your personal savior… you must first ADMIT that you are a sinner.  You must BELIEVE that Jesus died on the cross in your place… for your sins, and that He rose again on the third day.  And you must CONFESS this with your mouth.  This simply means you must pray and tell God you believe.

Let us pray.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for each and every person that is in this gymnasium this morning.  I pray that if anyone here has questions about what we have discussed, or wants to better understand what it means to accept Your Son as their personal Savior… that You would give them the courage to come talk to me… talk to one of the coaches… or talk to the pastor.  I know any of us would be glad to sit down with them and walk them through the scriptures, showing them what it means to be saved.  I thank You Lord for helping me with my cancer fight.  I pray that if anyone here is going through a trial of their own, or if they have a loved one that is going through a trial, that You would give them strength and encouragement today.  I pray for the safety of the players as we continue to the next game.  Thank you for all that you do, amen.

Day 130 – Monday (12/31/18)

Next blog update will TRY to be posted by Saturday, January 5th, at midnight.

 

Hello again everyone! 12 weeks down, 6 to go! I received chemo infusion 5 of 6 this past Thursday. This one is hitting me slightly different then previous ones. This go round, I have been extremely tired. I have been sleeping off and on between 14 to 16 hours a day. The odds of me staying awake until midnight tonight seem very low. However, looking at it with the glass half full, the odds of me being awake at midnight are likely high. The reason being, I seem to sleep for a couple of hours, wake up for an hour, repeat. My mind has been foggy this time also… like I’m not able to focus on anything. My wife has been super supportive and is taking care of all the daily tasks while I’m just floating along in my fog. Thinking back, this is similar to the very first chemo cycle. I don’t know if I fully understand how all the side-effects correlate, and why some are stronger than others depending on the chemo round… but one thing that has held constant is that after 7 to 10 days, I seem to be fully back to normal. That should put me feeling good again by this weekend. The metal taste in my mouth has not been that bad this time, but my stomach has been quite unhappy.

Looking ahead, we all have a new year in front of us. I’m not big on new years resolutions, because honestly… I never stick to them more than a day. I’m going to simply say that my goal for 2019 is to finish my cancer battle with the same optimism I had when I started, and that I have had throughout. We will finish chemo 6 of 6, we will address the spot in my stomach if it shows up again on the PET scan in February, we will get through the radiation portion of treatment, and Blobby will officially be in remission. God has clearly been watching out for me and helping me through this storm. I have no doubt that He will help me finish the race strong. I pray that any of you reading out there, who are going through a storm of your own, that you too, would lean on God for comfort and strength. We don’t have to fight alone.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for a wonderful year. Did things go the way I thought they would this year? Not exactly. However, that is the beauty of Your providence. You see the beginning and the end. You know what we need, when we need it. Romans 8:28 reminds us “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Thank You for the lessons You have been teaching me through this storm. Help me to look back on this blog periodically in the months and years to come to remind myself how great You are and what You have brought me through. I look forward to another year, and seeing what You have in store for me. Amen.

Day 124 – Tuesday (12/25/18)

Next blog update will TRY to be posted by Saturday, December 29th, at midnight.

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Hello again everyone.  I have now been late updating the blog three times in a row!  Don’t worry though, I have another excuse!  This time, another family from our Church invited us to go with them to the Billy Graham Library on Saturday.  Time got away from us, and by the time I got home, it was close to midnight.  Church followed the next morning, then a sleepover at my parent’s house so we could celebrate Christmas with them on Christmas Eve.  Then Christmas day with my in-laws…  Needless to say, I’m just now getting a chance to sit down and focus.  I’m always thankful for the family time around Christmas, but I’m also thankful when it is over and I can just sit.  We don’t have very many plans the rest of the year, since my next chemo is Thursday (12/27/18), and if the pattern holds, I will feel pretty lousy for the next 8 to 10 days.  This chemo will be number 5 of 6.  We are so close!  The last chemo will be on 1/17/18.  (Side note, on the official week count, we have 11 down, 7 to go to get through the last chemo, and the following recovery period).

I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone the true purpose of the season.  It is not about getting presents.  It is about the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ, to this earth to redeem us.  Please make sure to read Luke 2 this season and focus on what is really important.  Also, I’d like to mention one thing about the Billy Graham library.  I didn’t really know a whole lot about him going into this.  I obviously had heard about him, but never really took the time to understand who he was, and what all he did in an effort to spread the Gospel.  Going through the tour at the library was very interesting, and I was impressed that the focus stayed entirely on God and Salvation, not on Billy himself.  As you went room to room, you were presented the entire Gospel message, and given a chance to respond at the end.  It was truly awesome.  Also, this may sound weird, but for me personally, I have found a trigger that always seems to indicate the Holy Spirit is present and moving in a situation.  It is when I get “goose bumps”.  There have been numerous times where I have been listening to a preacher, or attending a revival, praying, or even just driving in my car listening to Christian radio, and I will get goose bumps… and it is as clear as can be that the Holy Spirit is talking and moving in whatever the situation is.  It’s hard to explain… hopefully you all can relate to this type of feeling in some manner…  Anyways, while going room to room in the tour, I have never had so many goose bumps/chills/etc in my life.  I am 100% confident that even after Billy’s death; God is using that library and tour in a mighty way to continue to bring people to Christ.  If you ever get an opportunity to visit the library, I strongly recommend it, and parking and admission is free.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for the busy week I have had.  It helped keep my mind off of my health.  It was great being able to be with my family for Christmas celebrations, and be with friends from my Church family to go and see the Billy Graham Library.  Thank You for continuing to use the Library as a means to spread the Gospel.  I pray that many people will go to visit it and that if they don’t know You, that the Holy Spirit would draw them to you  I could clearly feel the Holy Spirit moving in that place.  Thank You Lord that You are not slack concerning Your promise, that You are longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.  Thank You for sending Your Son to die on the cross for our sins, that we could be saved.  Thank You for His resurrection, and for sending Your Holy Spirit to indwell within us.  You are an awesome God.  Amen.

Day 117 – Tuesday (12/18/18)


Next blog update will be posted by Saturday, December 22nd, at midnight.

Hello again everyone.  I did it again!  Two weeks in a row now I have forgotten to update the blog!  I apologize for the post being a couple of days late.  This week it wasn’t a snowstorm that got me side tracked, but rather my college graduation.  If you go back to the preface, you may remember that I had just finished my final project/presentation and wrapped up my college classes at the end of July (just before I started having symptoms that turned out to be Blobby).  My college, however, did not have a commencement ceremony for summer semester graduates.  Instead, Summer 2018 graduates were asked to join the Fall 2018 ceremony.  I personally had no interest in walking across the stage since I already had my diploma mailed to me, however my wife insisted that I go.  I’ll be honest, once I got there and participated, I did actually enjoy it.  The irony of the graduation was that it was my first time on campus.  I was a distance learning student and had never actual visited the school.  They did, however, have a satellite “campus” near my house, which I was able to attend for the in-person class requirements. Nonetheless, I digress.  The campus was very nice, and the ceremony was very professional and efficient.  There were right at 900 graduates in my class.

Another week is in the books.  10 down, 8 to go.  My “bad” week lasted an extra day and a half this time.  Usually I start to feel better after 7 days… but this time it was about day 9 I started feeling better.  This is somewhat expected, as the doctor says the chemo builds up in your system more and more with each cycle.  Today as I type, I feel good.  I know the scans showed improvement, but I’m feeling improvement as well, which is encouraging.  Even if the last two cycles make me feel bad… say 10 and 11 days respectively, I’m still okay with that.  Its definitely manageable.  My next cycle infusion is on December 27th, so it is awesome that I am able to make it through Christmas without it being one of the rough weeks.  My children wound up being out of school the entire week last week due to the snowstorm.  They are back at school this week for just 3 days, then Christmas break starts, and lasts for 2 weeks.  The peace and quiet I have enjoyed during my recovery is being thrown into disarray, haha.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for another week.  Thank You for continuing to help me through this process.  You have truly taken away a large part of the burden relative to how rough I thought this would be.  Lord, there are several people in our Church and on our prayer chain that are going through rough times as well (for various things).  Please be with each of them.  Provide them the same strength and encouragement you have shown me.  Thank You for always being there for all of us.  Amen.

Day 109 – Monday (12/10/18)


Next blog update will be posted by Saturday, December 15th, at midnight.


Hello again everyone.  I apologize for the post being a couple of days late.  We had a significant snowstorm hit this weekend, and to be honest, I got side-tracked and forgot all about the blog!  Nonetheless, another week is in the books.  9 down, 9 to go.  Welcome to the half-way point!  Honestly though, the week countdown is a little misleading.  I feel like I am more than half way done, as I had chemo cycle 4 of 6 this past Thursday (12/6/18).  The countdown includes the recovery weeks post chemo.  Speaking of recovery weeks, that is where I am now.  The 7 days after the chemo infusion seem to be the worst, and the pattern did not let me down this time around.  Like usual, my stomach has been in roller coaster mode, and I have had the typical weight gain / water retention with the prednisone that I have been experiencing.  Today was my 5th day of prednisone though, so I have that wrapped up now for this 4th cycle.  I suspect by the end of the week, I will start feeling better again, in preparation for cycle 5.  Cycle 5 is scheduled for 12/27/18, and then my 6th and final cycle is scheduled for 1/17/19.

While my kids were playing in the snow this morning, I sat outside and simply enjoyed the winter wonderland scene.  (I believe we officially got 13 inches of snow this weekend).  It was nice to see how inclement weather can bring community together.  I saw neighbors helping neighbors shovel driveways.  I saw neighbors checking in on each other, and delivering Christmas goodies.  There is a massive hill in our neighborhood, and I saw all the neighborhood kids playing together, sharing sleds, and having fun.  For a moment, I was able to completely forget that we live in a fallen world full of heartache, sadness, disease, etc, and sin.  The Bible tells us that we do live in a fallen world, and that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  However, it also teaches that God had a rescue plan for us.  He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins.  He did not stay dead, but rose again 3 days later, and is living in Heaven today.  If we want to take part in God’s rescue plan, and have the Holy Spirit indwell within us, all we have to do is believe, ask, and receive.  I am so thankful that God provided this plan for us, so that we may have snowy days like today where I can sit and look around and know that there is hope.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You so much for continuing to heal my body from this cancer.  Each round of chemo is a mental and physical challenge, but You have proven that You are with me through it all, and are helping take the burden.  Thank You for beautiful snow days like today.  Thank You for giving me the time to slow down and just watch the world around me.  Thank You for reminding me that because of the work Jesus did on the cross, there is hope for this fallen world.  Please let us all be a light of that hope, and show that hope to others around us who may be looking for it.  You are an awesome God, and You continue to prove that to me everyday.  Thank You.  Amen.

Day 100 – Saturday (12/01/18)

 

Next blog update will be posted by Saturday, December 8th, at midnight.

 

Hello again everyone.  Another week is in the books.  8 down, 10 to go.  It is DAY 100!!!!!  I remember when I was in elementary school, the 100th day of school was a big deal.  We would make cheerio necklace’s with 100 cheerio’s.  We would count and roll 100 pennies.  We put 100 gumballs on a paper plate, and make a gumball machine out of them.  So, what am I doing for my 100th day celebration?  Typing a blog, and later we are having family movie night and we are going to watch Home Alone.  Haha.  Yeah, some of us are real party machines ;)

Health update:  My PET scan results actually posted to my account this week, and I was able to read through them.  Let me put some numbers to the picture I posted on the Day 86 post.  It was pretty clear the improvement just from the picture, but numbers sometimes can help as well.  Lets start with size.  The original size noted was 7 x 16.1 cm.  The current size is now 4.4 x 9.6 cm.  We are missing a dimension to get the volume, but just from an area stand-point, these numbers represent a 62.52% reduction.  And that is after just 2 treatments!  The next set of numbers that tell the story are called “SUV” or “Standard Uptake Value”.  This is a number that is assigned to how much of the test fluid was absorbed by the cells during the test… which basically tells us how “active” or “alive” the cancer is.  The original scan at the beginning had a SUV of 29.6.  Today, the SUV is only 5.4.  A 81.76 reduction in activity.  So in summary, we are definitely shrinking and killing Blobby.  Now, lets put that spot in my stomach they were seeing in perspective.  I don’t have dimensions on it, but the SUV value was only a 4.6.  Unfortunately, they did not record an SUV value in the original scan, so we don’t have a point of reference.  All they were able to say was that “at 4.6, it appears less intense then the first scan”.  This gives me some hope that this is also related to the lymphoma, and it will disappear with Blobby over the remaining cycles.  I’ll keep praying that on the next scan in February, it is simply gone.

The next important date is this coming Thursday, 12/6.  This is when I will receive my 4th round of chemo.  My son has another foot x-ray tomorrow, and hopefully will be released to full activities.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for another great week!  I didn’t know exactly how everything would play out 100 days ago, when I was told I had a mass in my chest.  But looking back, I can see you working through the entire process, and helping me every step of the way.  I pray for Your continued strength, blessings, and encouragement, which You have provided through friends, family, the church, neighbors, etc.  I truly am lucky to have so many people that care about me.  Please help chemo this Thursday to go smoothly.  Amen.

Day 93 – Saturday (11/24/18)

 

Next blog update will be posted by Saturday, December 1st, at midnight.

 

Hello again everyone.  Another week is in the books.  7 down, 11 to go.  From my health point of view, this was a fairly uneventful week.  The cycle seems to remain consistent, where I feel rough through the 7th day after the infusion, then things calm down.  My family was willing to push Thanksgiving to Friday, in hopes that my stomach would be better, and it was.  Unfortunately, while I started feeling better, my wife started feeling worse, and wound up with a stomach bug.  She felt pretty rough Friday and today, but I think it is starting to ease up some now as I type.  Going back to the beginning of the week, on Monday we received good news on my sons foot.  Everything is healing nicely, and he can stop using the boot and change to a stiff sole shoe on Monday, Nov. 26th.  Then we have another follow up on December 3rd, when he should be fully released to all activities.  Our one neighbor who had a follow-up visit also got good news that her bone was completely healed, and she could start putting weight on it again.  Lastly, my blood work this week came back… in the words of the nurse… “phenomenal”.  Looks like God is working things out all around!

I know that is short and sweet… but those are really the key points that I can remember.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for another blessed week.  Thank You for healing the feet in our neighborhood.  I’m not sure the status of the 2nd neighbors foot, but You do, and I pray You are healing it nicely as well.  Thank You for helping my blood work numbers come back “phenomenal”, and helping my stomach calm down by the end of the week.  I pray for my wife, that her stomach will make a full recovery very soon.  I told her she didn’t need to have sympathy pains on my account.  As we celebrated Thanksgiving this week, it gave us time to remember everything that we truly can be thankful for.  All of those things come from you Lord, and to You we give the ultimate thanksgiving.  Please be with all of my fellow blog readers in this coming week.  Keep them healthy, keep them safe, and help them through any trials they may be having.  Amen.

Day 86 – Saturday (11/17/18)

 

Next blog update will be posted by Saturday, November 24th, at midnight.

 

Hello again everyone.  Another week is in the books.  6 down, 12 to go.  I received some very encouraging news this past Thursday.  The doctor went over my latest PET scan with me, and showed me the progress we are making.  The scan is below.  Here are some notes that may help properly interpret the scan.  The dark spots are active cancers cells.  Ignore the heart, and the two places I X’d out.  Those are organs that always look dark on the scan.  You can see that the dark spots that were around my neck and shoulders are completely gone.  Also, the main mass is basically dead at this point.  There is still some activity, but very little.  It has shrunk some, but that is not the primary focus of the chemo.  The chemo is simply to kill the cells, and the radiation afterward will do the shrinking.  So, all in all, this scan looks very promising.  However, there is one item that showed up on the scan that needs further attention.  I will discuss below.

The item that showed up on both scans is a small area in / near my stomach that is showing up as a “hot spot”.  The spot appears small (I wasn’t given the measurements), and did not grow any during the 2 months between scans.  However, it does appear “active”, and did not show reduced activity on the second scan.  The doctor wants to keep an eye on this.  It could be nothing.  It could be an ulcer.  Or it could be stomach cancer.  If the spot was from the non-hodgkins lymphoma, it should die with the rest of Blobby and his friends.  If it is not, it will stay a hot spot.  The chemo regiment I’m currently on would not take care of stomach cancer.  If it turns out to be cancer, another treatment plan would have to be put in place.  The next PET scan will not be until the beginning of February when all of my cycle’s are complete.  If the spot is still there, the doctor said they will need to go in with a camera and see what it is.  So, my prayer over the next few months will simply be that the spot will be gone at my next scan, so that I can wrap up all this cancer talk and move on with life.  For those of you that have been praying for/with me, I’d ask that this be your prayer as well.  With that said, if the spot is still there in February, and it turns out to be something, at least God allowed us to catch it very early.

I guess the only other important info from this week is that I did start my 3rd cycle this past Thursday.  Everything went well, but as I type, I’m having the expected nausea and metallic taste in my mouth that makes everything yucky.  This usually lasts for 1 week, then fades away.  Other than that, all is good!

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for the awesome results that I received this week; that we are making good progress killing Blobby.  It is somewhat unfortunate about the spot in my stomach, but I know You have a plan, and You already know what it is (if anything).  I pray that You would deal with this spot over the next few months, leading up to my next scan.  If it is Your will, I pray that the spot would be gone completely.  I also continue to pray for my son and our neighbor(s) with broken feet… Yes, I found out a second neighbor had foot surgery also.  My son and one of the neighbors have follow-up visits on Monday.  I pray that both visits show progress in the right direction.  I’m thankful that even when things may seem overwhelming, You have it all under control.  I love You Lord, amen.