Thank You, Prayer Warriors
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Hello there, my wonderful Spark friends. I came to you earlier this week with a desperate plea for prayers for my brother in law Bob, and so many of you responded both with words and with prayers. I know about the words because I read them, I know about the prayers because I felt them and have seen their impact.
I just wanted to give you a "progress report" on the object of your prayers. They went to one of the doctor's they needed to see on Tuesday, and learned that there is at least one other medication that can be used on Bob's particular cancer, and also that the bone marrow transplant they have been talking about for several years is still in the picture for him. The fear was he had missed the window of availability for that treatment. He has a brother that is a perfect match, so there is no concern about finding a donor. Then, once certain of his results were showing a spread of his disease, another brother, who is a doctor, who has never stopped researching possible treatments, after consulting with a good friend who is an oncologist, put him on high dose steroids. Now, the thing about his disease is that it likely can be controlled by steroids, but the steroids would kill him within a couple of years, so obviously, they are not a long term solution. Why do I share all this? Because he had some blood work done in anticipation of a doctor's appointment next week, and one of the tests that is a marker of the extent of cancer in his body came back 30 points lower than it was 2 weeks ago. No doubt due to those steroids, but again, an indication that something, at least temporarily, can control it.
There is still much uncertainty, still many unanswered questions, he is still gravely ill. But now we have introduce hope back into the equation. And for that, we can thank science, wonderful doctors, and my prayer warriors, who have most certainly made a difference.
Thank you my friends, most humbly.