God is teaching us extreme…like EXTREME Sports level patience in this journey and along with that serious focus on each day as it comes. Brad and I were both pretty quiet and tense as we got ready for our appointment today. I knew it would be good news but seriously, with this thing good news doesn’t fill you all the way up. That sounds very selfish but we just can’t get too high or too low.
Dr. Pendergrass walked in and as he was shutting the door he quickly said “Everything looks good, let’s get that out of the way.” I had caught his eye as he passed our door earlier and he smiled and waved. The care team is very straight forward but they are definitely cheerleaders in this. They don’t over promise and don’t predict or get too far ahead but they root for us in each stage. It is so strange to think about the depth of sickness, progress and near misses Brad has had in two short months. Only 4 treatments in and he’s come soooo far!
Scan Results: The liver tumor shrunk from a lime to a strawberry in size. I asked to see pictures but they weren’t available so I hope he can get them when he gets the pump taken off on Friday. The colon tumor shrank in half which we suspected since there was less of a sensation of blockage the last month. The liver has shrunk, not to completely normal size but a lot better. The fluid that had built up is gone and the blood levels show it is functioning at 100%. That liver was struggling and was making him SO sick when we started treatment. Brad has gained some weight back which is giving him more strength and better footing for the medicine to do its job. He has been very fortunate to be healthy so his body can just focus on the cancer and not be sick with other things. His high blood pressure seems to have settled down and he even talked about trying to eat a little healthier. Not holding my breath on that one and I’m just glad he’s gaining weight!
We are so thankful for our support network. We have thousands of people praying all around the country and I can’t describe the kind of peace that gives us. Carter’s favorite scripture (that is tattooed on his arm now) “If God is For Us, Who Can Be Against Us” is one that carries us through. Brad has a very long way to go and we can’t get too high because we don’t want the fall to be too far but we will enjoy the next three months fighting hard until the next scan. We’ve made it through two months and they seemed very long but we know how to fend off symptoms so hopefully we can make the next three months stress free with him feeling normal most days. Brad has gone from almost being embarrassed and bummed out that he had to give people his bad news to being so humbled by the support. We’ve had our dance people bring us gifts and messages of support, our old baseball team handed us a bag of gift cards the day after he told them…it is pretty amazing what people are willing to do for others. We will pay this kindness forward however we possibly can.