Monday, August 25, 2008

No Chemo This Week

As I have shared numerous times along the way, things can change on a dime on this journey. Matthew and I went to Knoxville this morning fully expecting a week of chemo to find that Matthew's white blood cell count was too low to take treatments this week.

So...he is rescheduled to begin next Tuesday, Sept. 2nd. Hopefully his blood counts will have sufficiently recovered by then.

At least he feels good and can enjoy another week of doing some things he enjoys. He just can't be around any "sickies" because when your white count it down, you are much more susceptible to germs/viruses/etc.

One of the "upsides" is he can enjoy his Labor Day Weekend plus the first UT football game of the season! Woo hoo!!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Blessings to each of you,
Love, Nancy

Thursday, August 21, 2008

More Great News for Matthew!

Are you sitting down? We had more great news yesterday that just came "out of the blue"!

Matthew had a routine doctor's visit yesterday that is always scheduled in between chemo treatments. When we arrived, the doctor had "new" news about Matthew's most recent scan.

Three weeks ago I sent you the wonderful news about that scan... that the new treatment was working. It had not only stopped the growth of the cancer but had reduced it as well.

The "new" news is that last scan was compared to the February NY scan instead of the June NY scan. As many of you may know, there was considerable growth from February until June when we received very devastating news.

So...What does this mean? It means that there has been much more reduction than we originally thought in July and we are pre-February in the size of the tumors!!! Can I hear a Praise the Lord??

Matthew has also gained some weight and felt well enough to get out this week. We're having the big 24th birthday celebration with his friends on Friday since he was in chemo on his actual day (8/8/08)!!

Matthew will resume chemo on Monday (8/25) for 5 days. He'll have 2 wks off and then another chemo week with 2 wks off before another scan is done. So, the next scan is in @ 6 weeks.

God blesses us each day but yesterday we got an extra helping! Just couldn't wait to share the great news with all of you!

Love, Nancy

Friday, August 1, 2008

Great News!

Great News!
The chemo meds that Matthew has been taking in June and July are working! Not only did the meds stop the "growth momentum" of the cancer but there has been some reduction! We are praising God for His blessings and miracle in Matthew's body.

Matthew begins his next round of treatment on Monday, August 4th (5 days worth). Not sure when the next scan will be. We'll figure that out later. Right now, we are just very happy!

Let's bombard the heavens with prayers of thanksgiving to God for His mighty works thus far! We thank you in advance for continuing your precious prayers of healing - as Matthew certainly has a long road to go.

God bless each of you and thank you for sharing this journey with us.
Love, Nancy