Happy: A Quest for Life After Death

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Cautious Optimism

Results from the scan are in: Dr. Dave is "cautiously optimistic" that the Torisel is helping! The largest tumors in the liver and lymph nodes did not grow over the last two months. This is good news by itself, since there was a lot of growth in the months before that.

But EVEN BETTER, the tumor cells appear to be necrotizing. In English: they're dying! (How often can you say that gleefully?)

This is where the cautious optimism comes in: if the cells are dying, the tumors should be smaller by the next time Mat has a scan, probably in early December.

Knowing the Torisel is working made it a little easier for Mat to suit up for another round yesterday. If only it were making it a little easier for Mat to get out of bed today ...

The days between a scan and the results are usually a stress fest at our house. This time around, we skipped that party and went to Maine, where friends from our congregation kindly let us use their vacation house.

It was blissful. We watched lobstermen pull in their traps, petted a shark, played in the water at the beach, and ate transcendent lobster rolls.

We are now officially New Englanders.


Anonymous said...

Kimberly--such fantastic news. I'm so glad to know some good came from that horrible medicine.


Becca said...

We continue to hold a prayer in our heart for Mat and your amazing family. More miracles, please! We send our love.

the Menzies

mooremd said...

You pet a shark!?! We need to get together and discuss this.

Also, I thought you guys were already New Englanders?

Thanks for the good news, we're so glad to hear it.

The Moores

EmilyCC said...

(I'm glad no one is around to see me looking at my computer with a big goofy grin on my face.) What wonderful news! Here's to a great pre-Christmas scan!

colgoo said...

Great News! Hope December brings even more.


SLP said...

I am excited about the good news and the wonderful NE adventures...

Chelsi Ritter said...

kim thanks for your link! i hope the good news just keeps on coming! by the way, we tried lobster last weekend and it was delicious! i'm so glad we checked that one off the list!