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Update #6: Me? A Celebrity?

Shannon and I drove to Vanderbilt’s cancer center this afternoon and the realization set back in. This is real. It wasn’t a bad dream from weeks ago. It’s not over. The past week has been focused on painting our new house and preparing for school. At times, it actually made us forget.

After a nurse checked my height and weight, (Devastating news: I am actually two inches shorter than I thought I was; maybe I should start another blog to work through the pain). We waited to meet the oncologist.

The doctor entered the office and before we could even introduce ourselves, he exclaimed, “Well, I’ve never heard so much about a patient before meeting him. I thought to myself, ‘Man, this guy is connected!’” That says a lot, considering he was on the team of doctors that worked to cure Lance Armstrong of testicular cancer. I don’t know if he was serious, but it sure made us laugh. It also made us so grateful for the people God has used to care for us. Through this whole process, many special people in our lives have helped us connect with the right medical professionals. In the case of our doctor’s appointment today, three different, unconnected friends seemed to be working overtime to get us referrals to see him. Not only did our friends direct us, but they personally notified him as well. We feel incredibly grateful to have such a caring community around us.

Our meeting went well. In fact, we even were led upstairs to the urology department to talk with another specialist. Both doctors essentially led me away from chemotherapy. (Hallelujah! My least favorite choice of the three). They both advised either surveillance or the RPLND surgery. There were some x-rays that did not get sent over to Vanderbilt on time. More concrete details and recommendations will come once they’ve studied those.

We’ll keep you posted. For now, I’m going to do some more painting, and make believe that I’m more of a celebrity in the world of testicular cancer than the man who owns the Tour de France.

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3 responses to “Update #6: Me? A Celebrity?

  1. Patty (Durchie) August 12, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    I’ve always known there was something special about you, Luke. Now I know it’s because you’re a celebrity. In all seriousness, I’m so thankful that your visit on Friday was a positive one.
    The Lord will continue to guide you and Shannon.
    Take good care!!

  2. Wayne August 13, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    That is Good News Luke,
    Thanks for the update..we’ll keep praying for you..Thomas is asking about you all the time wondering how you are doing…hang in there…maybe I should send a Go Bears ! mug to that doctor ?

  3. Glen August 21, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    I don’t know why Wayne would think he needs to send that doctor a Go Bears mug…if he is that good of a doctor he probably went to UC Berkely and already has a mug.
    Hang in there Luke – it looks like God is guiding your footsteps.

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