Cancer Rollercoaster at the Top

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 about our roller-coaster ride after the endoscopy of my esophageal tumor two weeks ago.

Doc Martin confirmed two things:

(1)  The Endoscopy showed NO cancer cells, but rather highgrade dysplasia, a pre-cancerous state of abnormal cell growth.

(2)  The CT Scan showed NO change in my internal systems since the PET Scan in January 2015.


Going forward, the process will be ‘watchful waiting.’  In 6 months I’ll have an endoscopic biopsy on the tumor again to ensure the cells don’t morph back into cancer.

Since the tumor shrunk from 40% coverage of the esophagus to 25%, I’m praying the shrinkage continues until it’s gone and fresh, new tissue will cover the tumor site.

My Naturopathic Oncologist said dysplasia is reversible.  I’ll see her this week to determine my naturo path forward.

Sheri’s Situation:

Her last CT Scan showed NO lymphoma cancer tumors in her body.  She’s been taking an auto-immune drug, Rituxan, as an ongoing preventive.

After her last treatment (she has one every 2 months) she started feeling the after-effects on her body and felt she should stop.

Doc Martin confirmed that was probably a good course of action.  The final decision will be made in a consultation in August.

Again we are both rejoicing in this good news for our lives, and praising Jehovah Raphe, the God who heals.

Psalm 18:6 says, “But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.” (NLT)

Not only were we praying, but you were too.  Thank you so much!  God has heard these prayers and taken us through a very deep valley with a good and generous outcome.




13 thoughts on “Cancer Rollercoaster at the Top

  1. Thank you for the updates so we can focus our prayers on the needed areas. Blessing to both of you as you continue this earthly journey of joys and challenges. We just got to spend a couple of weeks having our whole family at our home on Lummi Island…still floating high from the joy of having children and grandchildren filling our home with love.

  2. Glad for your good news! Pray for you dear friends regularly.

    Love you both!

    Pat Whitehouse

  3. God is so good…praising him for your healing and will continue to pray for good test results in the coming months…we love you and I am in awe how positive and joyful you were through this whole journey…jori

  4. Good news, you guys! Dr. Martin is a sensible guy who doesn’t push unnecessary treatment. Glad to hear you’re continuing with the naturopath as well.

  5. Dearest Dave and Sheri! I know it was a divine appointment yesterday meeting you in the infusion room… God works in these most wonderful of ways and I was so blessed to hear from both of your hearts and see Him shine through you! I will be praying for you both in this journey… Praying and praising for all He’s done already and all that is yet to come! Much love, Danielle

  6. We are overwhelmed by God’s goodness and grace!

    We are rejoicing with you! Praise the Lord for the latest results!

    Your posts are of great encouragement to us, a constant blessing !
    Thank you!
    When we pray, we remember your extended family as well.
    🙂 7 Vlasins from Arad!

  7. Dave and Sheri,
    What a wonderful report! We are praising God with you both and continue to keep you in our prayers! You are a testimony to the assurance that God is with us and He is good in ALL circumstances!

  8. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!! Continuing to pray for peace in the journey as I fully understand that there is not just the physical roller coaster ride, but the emotional aspect of ‘what if’ with each slight symptom or the next appointments results. Though we trust and walk in full assurance of his love for us it is an ongoing battle in the mind to maintain our peace. Isn’t it wonderful that He gives grace for that peace as well as the healing. May you continue to walk in VICTORY in every aspect. His light shines brightly through you. Hugs and Blessings!

  9. Dave and Sheri! Your good news as always gives glory to our Lord! He surely is faithful to follow through on your healing as you pursue wise counsel as you trust in Him. How encouraging to our prayers too as we see our Lord Jesus not only heal you but guide you to some great medical help! Thanks for sharing all this so freely. And thanks for your on-going prayers for Sandy as she is also experiencing a cessation of growth in her lung cancer tumors – a great grace of God in light of the stats for those with her type of cancer. Looking for more good news from you as you update us later.

  10. Dave and Sheri:

    It seems the roller-coaster goes a little faster at this stage of our lives! Good to hear your updates. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.

  11. Praise the Lord!!!! Such good news!! Prayers for both of you as you continue to walk through this journey with Christ as your Solid Rock!! I pray God would continue to give you His peace that passes all understanding and that His Joy would be your Strength!! says, “But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.” Psalm 18:6

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