Dad, Mom and I got back from the oncologist about an hour ago (Tuesday, 6pm). We know there is a lot of stuff ahead, but at the same time we had a very positive appointment. Thank you for your prayers and I just want to praise God for this appointment. Go God!
From what we know right now this type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is Follicular Lymphoma. I still have a lot more reading and research to tell you more about it, which is now my new homework assignment.
The oncologist was amazing. She was very down-to-earth and explained things rather well. We tape-recorded the appointment so we can go back and listen later. She asked me about what I do and I explained that I had hoped to head to Austria in May as a missionary. Then she said, well we might need to put that off for about six months. When she said that it was like all of this extra weight melted off of my shoulders. Six months?! That is definitely doable. I’m still asking God if I’ll have to go through the Austrian visa process again, but even that is put in perspective. 😉
This type of cancer is not curable at this time, but my oncologist said it’s possible to be in remission within six months and to go many years in remission. Now the next steps include:
• Thurs., March 18 – 12:15pm I’m scheduled for a PET scan which will show more of what’s going on with this type of lymphoma; then at 2:15 I have a follow-up appointment with my surgeon
• Depending on the results of the PET scan I may have a bone marrow test next week
• Then once these have been completed I will need to have a port put in so they can administer the chemo I need. This will require a surgery; so I’m not sure what date that will be. At this point we don’t think I need to have radiation, but we have to wait and see after the next couple of tests.
• At this point I don’t know when treatment will start, but it will more than likely be once every three weeks.
So this is what we know now of the journey ahead. Seems like a lot of uphill, but hopefully that will lend itself to an amazing view. Won’t it be great to see what God has in store on the other side?!