Friday, May 23, 2014

Good News

I had planned on writing about reaching the halfway point of chemotherapy today and including the results of yesterday's CT scan in the same post, but I'm not going to be able to do that today.  A lot has happened over the past couple weeks and I'll share that separately, but today is all about the scan results.  I met with my oncologist today and I am in complete remission.  That is not a typo - complete remission.  Praise the Lord, hallelujah, jump for joy complete remission.  I will still have to complete the last 3 rounds of chemo, but who cares now, right?!  It will be much easier to tolerate knowing there is a true end in sight.

"Because......we're happyyyy....."


As strong as my faith is and as much as I've been expecting a positive outcome, I have to admit I was shocked to hear the news.  I was expecting to hear that things were progressing well, but mentally I hadn't thought that it could be gone this early.  Maybe it was a defense mechanism.  I had prepared myself for bad news and that it wouldn't shake my faith or optimism, although I didn't really think the news would be bad.

Good report

 I had just had my blood taken and was going through some questions with the nurse when Dr. D'Silva came over.  He just came right out and said "we have the results of your CT scan and you are in complete remission."  My jaw dropped and I think I said "what?!"  I just looked at him, then at Tiffany, and at our nurse navigator Katie, who had come over to give me a copy of the report as a huge smile came on my face.  There were a lot of hugs and high fives as the other nurses came over to congratulate us.  I heard the word "miracle" and someone else asked if this was some sort of record, after only 3 cycles of chemo.  My cancer responded well to the treatment and I have taken good care of myself physically in addition to being young and otherwise healthy.  But I have also been covered in prayer from day 1 by so many people to a caring, merciful God.  For all of that I am overflowing with gratitude today. 





14 comments:

  1. Wow what great news. The end is in sight. CONGRATULATIONS.

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  2. Congratulations Joe!!! I am so happy to hear this awesome miraculous news!!!! JOE STRONG says it all!!!!! Hugs!!

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  3. Perfect!!!!!!!! Really great news!!!!!!!

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  4. Tears of joy & gratitude as I was listening to that song- so happy for you & your family Joe!!!

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  5. so so awesome!! <3 So happy for all of you!!! :) Thank you Jesus!

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  6. Congratulations Joe & to your family as well! God is great. So happy to hear that news. God is good all the time.......You are a winner!!! God Bless

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  7. What an awesome God we serve! Praising Him with you!!!!

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  8. Awesome. The Lord is good!

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  9. While reading your blog I feel my heart racing again as it did earlier when Tifff told me, and again when you asked if I heard the news! I am still praising God for His faithfulness. If I had ten thousand tongues I could never ever praise Him enough. I am so happy for you both and for our entire family! What a mighty God we serve!!!

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  10. WOW!!! What a mighty God we serve!! Both in the good times and the bad! So happy for you and your family - by the way, that bald head looks great on you!!

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  11. Great News!! The power of prayer!!!!

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  12. Joe I don't know you personally, but I DO Know that our God is an Awesome God of miracles! So HAPPY for you and your beautiful family:)

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  13. Hallelujah!! We serve a faithful God!!

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