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Update #8: Radiating News
August 24, 2007Posted by on
To those of you caring enough to check up on me lately, I apologize for no recent updates. Things have been slow, but seem about to pick up. Early this week, we received word from a doctor in Houston. His news shocked us. The cancer, according to him, is actually 100% seminomatous. This completely alters the recommended treatment. Stage 1 seminoma patients generally receive radiation therapy rather than surgery or chemotherapy.
The news initially devastated me. First and foremost, I’ve heard unhappy things about radiation, though doctors have recently preached differently. Secondly, though, it’s just hard hearing an expert share findings completely different than the four previous doctors. I could barely hear the news; I just wanted to rage. It seemed we were back starting from scratch. I’m so used to a life where easy fixes are standard. It’s a new and humbling place to experience experts disagreeing about my livelihood. The goal of trusting God maddens me here.
I have since calmed a bit. A doctor at Vanderbilt counseled me through the situation. We now need a referee, or an expert to look at the pathology slides without any previous bias. This doctor offered his reference to anywhere we would like to go. What a blessing: a man who could easily choose pride opting rather for delegation to a more knowledgeable source. We will be contacting more pathology experts to be that source. Please pray for favor and quick connections during these phone calls to doctors who do not know me. Pray that we choose the right place for the job. Thank you for caring enough about us to read this far. Blessings to you.