Wow, I can’t believe that we have been back from Indy for two weeks, and I am just now finding time to sit down and write a more thorough update! Life never really does slow down, does it?
For those of you that we haven’t been able to see and talk to, I just wanted to write a more complete description of what Dr. Einhorn said to us. As we said, we were just so thankful to see a personable, compassionate physician. He had reviewed Clay’s latest scan, as had his urologist, and they both agreed that the minor growth was insignificant. He compared it to taking your temperature each day; it might vary from 98.6 by a few tenths either way, but that doesn’t indicate a fever. He said that some small changes are normal, and that none of Clay’s other symptoms, tumor markers, etc. indicate any kind of growth of the cancer.
We also asked about the location of the mass. Dr. Einhorn said that he has followed patients with a mass in the same location for ten years or more after their diagnosis, and the mass usually causes no problems. He said that the mass would probably NOT change much in size, but he believes that it is just scar tissue at this point. He said that a PET scan would be helpful, but that he felt quite comfortable just doing CT scans every three months, since the PET scan didn’t work out. He also said that he felt that Clay was “probably cured”. That was worth the trip!
We are very hopeful and encouraged, but I guess still a little cautious about what the future holds. I think neither of us will feel entirely comfortable until we find out the results of this next scan. I can’t help but feel that we got some misinformation from Dr. Bolger, in several areas of Clay’s care. We talked with Dr. Einhorn about changing doctors, so Clay has an appointment tomorrow with a new oncologist at Brookwood. Please pray that that goes well.
I have been thinking about why we went through this scare and this emotional roller coaster over these past few weeks– why God allowed it to happen. I know that God’s reasons are beyond my understanding, but maybe this happened to remind us once again of our desperate need for Christ. I am the queen of self sufficiency and wanting to do things my own way. I think sometimes it takes a major life event to break me out of my mold of selfishness and remind me of Who is in charge of every aspect of my life. I don’t know why I try to control it anyway… my way always just messes everything up. Maybe I will learn that one day. 🙂
Anyway, once again we thank God for you and your prayers, and praise Him for the good report! Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights…
Lauren (and Clay)