Thursday, July 10, 2008

Status Update on my Mom

I just got a call from my dad about the results from my mom's CT scan. The results were not as good as we had hoped. The doctor had previously told us that we would most likely see significant shrinkage of the tumors after this second round of chemo (perhaps even up to 80% smaller). However, the scan showed that the tumors are only slightly smaller or about the same size as before beginning the chemo. 

The good news is that the cancer has not spread and the tumors are not larger. Especially with a cancer as aggressive as small cell lung carcinoma,  the fact that it hasn't spread shows that the chemo is getting some of the job done. The doctors and all of our personal research all agreed: if she had not started chemo, she would most likely already be gone by this point in time. So, we are thankful for the fact that the cancer has not spread, but a little discouraged that the chemo has not zapped those tumors back a lot more.

God was gracious to remind me today in the midst of this discouraging news that no matter what the outcome of this CT scan, my mom will not live a day longer or shorter than God intends. He is a loving and compassionate God who holds her days in His capable and powerful hands.


Amy said...

Hi Cherissa,

We had hoped and prayed for more, too, but we are still praying. Jonathan prays for your mom each day, and it goes something like this: "Maximus is healed now, but Maximus' grandma still needs help getting healed."

Love to you all!

Anonymous said...

Cherissa and family, Yes, not the outcome we had hoped for but it is what God wanted at this point. What a wonder reminder in your last paragraph about the "TIME" thing.Thanks for being a strong witness for the Lord in your daily life and walk with him.You all remain highin my prayer journal every day. Love, Cindy McLean

Denise said...

Cherissa, you are so sweet. Thank you. I remember meeting you briefly at some point...a wedding, maybe? I remember someone making the connection between your name and our Charis' name - both meaning "grace." Anyhow,we are praying for your whole family as you walk with your mom and dad through this difficult, surreal time. ~ Blessings, Denise

Anonymous said...

oh, thank you! I've been lonely in the blog world for a few weeks now. I got to see your parents the Sunday that Mitch preached, and it was so encouraging. Your entire family is so sweet. I love you guys.