In my last post, I took you into the two paths I could take in this cancer journey. As I sent that to you, I remembered one of my favorite poems by Robert Frost, studied from college days.
Can you believe it was in Sept 2014 my esophageal cancer was diagnosed? I completed chemo-radiation on January 6, 2015, and chose not to have the surgery but take on natural treatments. For the past two years the cancer has been controlled through those natural treatments . . . but not totally.
Dear Friends, I’m still feeling great, and making progress gaining info on my path forward. Monday (5) I have a PET Scan to measure if the Mexico alternative treatments are moving my cancer back or not. On Thursday (8) I meet with my Oncologist to read the report. If not, next Friday (16) I meet… Read more Update + Jesus Renews the Life of a Leper
Dear Friends, Thanks for your interest and prayers for us as we traveled south of the border. My 20 treatments went well, as did our trips back and forth between Tijuana and San Diego. And we made several new friends in the same boat as us. Now we’re back in Bend heading into the wonderful,… Read more Back From Mexico – Moving Forward
Dear Friends, Thanks for your prayers and interest in following our cancer comings and goings. The saga continues! Mexico: It’s heartbreaking to see the poverty in your face at the borders as we pass out some pesos here and there to someone in need. Border crossings have been very good once we learned how to… Read more Treatment Update from Mexico
Thank you for all the encouraging responses to my last couple emails, for your prayers and your very positive and helpful thoughts for us. Yesterday I met with my Oncologist for PET Scan results. Here’s where I’m at: The cancer has become more active over the past 22 months after my chemo-radiation treatments. SUV factors… Read more Kicking the Surgery Can Down the Road
Yesterday I laid out the direction we’re headed, and the reality we are facing. Unless the cancer has metastasized already, I will have to choose surgery or continued natural treatments. Today, let me describe each path and bring you into the realities of our decision: The Surgery Path: I will go into the hospital for… Read more Which Path Would You Take?
Well, the doctor visits are in, and the result is the need for a PET scan on Sept. 16 to give us some metrics and determine if the cancer we just found has metastasized. Then we can decide on treatment path. Here’s what we know up to now: The esophageal cancer (EC) has returned or… Read more What is the Path Ahead?
Dear Praying Friends, As you remember, my last endoscope biopsies showed the esophageal tumor I still carry in my esophagus, was high-grade dysplasia and not cancer. My Oncologists, however, felt the biopsy sample was too small and wanted me to have another endoscope with many biopsies. In their experience the picture of the tumor and… Read more The “C” Word Is Back Again!
Well, friends, the cancer rollercoaster has taken us to the top. There’s only one way to go and that’s down! I had my time with Dr. Martin on July 7. The purpose was to go over my first Endoscopic and CT Scan results since I finished chemo-radiation on January 6, 2015. I already told you… Read more Cancer Rollercoaster at the Top