Scripture for Meditation:
“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves” (Malachi 4:2 NIV).
Prayer of Faith:
Dear God, be with mom, and let her feel the warmth of your healing in her body. Bring her back to full health so that her life is a living testimony of your power, love, and goodness. Also be with me and my family as we go through this valley with her. Help us to revere your name more and more each day, for you are the God who heals us.
From the working manuscript of Not Alone: Prayers for Daughters of Moms with Stage 4 Cancer
Today is Friday, 2/1/2019. There is good news from my mom’s big appointment with her head cancer doctor. The fine details are not clear to me, but overall, my mom is going to be able to start chemotherapy on February 15, the week after she completes her 10-day radiation treatment. The liver biopsy confirmed that this is not a new cancer, which is a relief. She will only need to take one drug this time instead of the three she took last time when she had chemo. She will take one drug every three weeks for six sessions. She will have a CT scan done at the half-way mark to see if the chemo is working. The goal is for her to get to zero—which is excellent news considering that we didn’t really know what the outlook was going to be. Originally we thought that all she could really do was the radiation to break up the cluster in her back to help relieve the pain she felt so that she could regain her mobility. But now it sounds like it’s a real possibility for her to be cancer-free again at the end of her chemo. This is more than any of us really thought. This is great news.
There was a sleeper cell, a rogue cell, that had not been killed by the chemo last time she had breast cancer, which was three years ago. And so this rogue cell is a triple negative for estrogen. Last time, the cells were positive for estrogen so she had a different treatment which was more aggressive. She will not have neuropathy this time but she will lose her hair like last time. The real take-away from all of this is that this is unmistakably treatable with a very good chance of having a full recovery. In other words, it is possible that my mom will end up with zero cancer left in her body and not have to live with it for the rest of her life. She is looking at excellent odds, and this whole thing just got lighter after hearing the report from the doctor’s appointment.
Never forget, carpe diem.