Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The journey continues...

Matthew had an ultrasound today to clarify what showed on Friday's scan as a possible blood clot. The ultrasound showed that there is no blood clot in his inferior vena cava nor is there any restriction there. Whew!! This is really good news because he will not have to be on blood thinner meds anymore and the risk has been eliminated! Praise the Lord!

We also received the results from the scan which showed that the chemo treatment Matthew has been on for over a year has stopped working so he will not be taking it anymore. The cancer has begun to grow rather than stay stable. We are still SO thankful for, at first, the reduction & then, the stability it has given Matthew for almost 15 months!

Our doctor will be contacting our New York doctor to start the process of Matthew's participation in the "protocol" or "clinical trial" at Sloan-Kettering. We don't know yet when that will begin or the steps that will need to be taken to get there. Our son, Ian, has also done much research and has found several options for us to consider as well. We are fervently praying for strength, courage, and God's guidance as we enter this next step of our journey.

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear." (from Psalm 46)






3 comments:

quig said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God and we are with you every step of the way. Peace, john

nbta said...

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear."

Amen. Walk by faith and not by sight and know that God is our refuge and strength.

As John said...we are with you every step of the way.

Wes said...

Always on my mind and in my prayers. Sure do miss those nights after the football games at Big Ed's. Miss you guys! Stay strong