This from Don as of 1PM today.

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Here is a quick update and prayer request:

I woke up at 5AM this morning with extreme pain in both feet. Heather tried to gently massage them but they were almost numb. I took morphine and tried to walk and it was difficult. I finally made it downstairs and walked for 20 painful minutes. During my walk I prayed to Jesus for relief or simply endurance to be able to take the pain- about half-way though my downstairs shuffle, I got a picture in my mind of a person getting out of a wheelchair and taking their first steps. I could see their joy of walking despite the pain. In fact the person was oblivious to the pain. It is all a matter of perspective.

I am grateful for so much: the killing of my tumors; the minimal side effects from the chemo over-all compared to so many; the joy I am experiencing through this journey and the intimacy with Jesus; the subsequent joy my family, friends, in fact everyone that I spend time with receives; the appreciation of every breath. I could go on and on. Clearly the joy far outweighs the pain. It is all a matter of perspective.

Tomorrow I meet with Dr Doug Lee for a blood test and to talk about my chemo next Thursday. I will also be taking CD’s with all my scans to Dr. Jorge Reyes at the UW to review. Some of you wondered if I was considering a liver transplant since he is the head of the Transplant Department at the UW and Children’s Hospitals. The answer is no. He is simply the best liver surgeon around, one of the best in the country. Since the liver has an amazing capacity to regenerate 2/3 of it’s size in 30 days, it is by far the most unique organ in the body from its ability to heal. He did my original assessment for surgery prior to chemo so he is the guy to evaluate where we are 12 weeks into chemo from a surgery standpoint.

The prayer request I have is for discernment on what to do next week. Do we stay with the same dose of the same chemo and risk further nerve damage to the feet that may be permanent? Do we reduce the dose? Do we change to the TGen chemo? Whatever we do determines a lot. If we decide to go to the TGen chemo then we can’t really go back to the Taxol again. So this is where we really need discernment, this is beyond simply a scientific decision- there is no right or wrong decision from that standpoint. Clearly there is a better choice for my liver, lung, colon and feet. We just can’t know without some spiritual guidance.

As I write this e-mail it is a beautiful spring-like day here in Seattle. It feels like 70 degrees outside when in reality it is only about 58! I did force myself to get outside and take a walk. I was able to conquer 8 blocks along with our Pug, Indy and it was the first time he was actually able to walk me! It really was beautiful to be out in the sunshine seeing how much closer the trees and plants are to blooming. It is amazing really how fast spring builds with a little sunshine. This is by far one of the most beautiful seasons in Seattle and one of the few parts of the country where tulips and daffodils can bloom for a month or more.

Thank you for your prayers.

God is Good, All the Time, God is Good!


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1 Comment so far

  1. Javier Tola on February 22, 2007 1:34 pm

    Its amazing to read your emails that always make us be closer to you and all your experiences, besides the lessons of force and faith you always send in your messages.

    We will be praying as always for you, for your pain relief specially in your feet now and hope doctors decision will be the best to keep you with really less pain.

    It’s admirable the way you teach us how to fight with love, hope and faith.
    We know you have all your family and friends around but we admire your way of seeing everything around you and the good vibration you send to all of us.

    When you will go thru all of this and be healed you will have written memories for many people who will be grateful to you.

    Dear Don, receive a big hug and our love to all your family.

    Always thinking of you and praying everyday


    God is good!

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