This week I had chemo on Thursday. I also received a call from Dr Jorge Reyes’ office to discuss surgery as a follow-up to my meeting with Dr Barr. I got copies of my PET CT scan to review with him as well. It was a very good meeting, reviewing some of the sections together, but the results were worse than the radiologist reported. I mentioned in August that the liver tumor had grown into the colon. We were hoping the PET scan would help us decide what tumor tissue was alive and what was dead so we could make a final assessment on surgery.

While the center of the liver tumor is dead tissue, the leading edge of the tumor is alive and actively growing,. This is what spread into the colon and it is also clear it has begun to extend into the left lobe of the liver (this is part of the news not mentioned in the radiologist’s report). The tumor is located right in the center of the liver where all the blood vessels are making it very difficult if not impossible to operate. Since it has now extended into the left lobe, Dr. Reyes said he would normally recommend a liver transplant. Unfortunately, a liver transplant is out of the question because my tumor is so aggressive.

You may recall back in June/July I began to have pain in my ribs near the liver tube. I had a bone scan to make sure it was not additional cancer. The feeling was that the pain was from the tumor pushing against the ribs. Well, in the PET scan we could see the tumor had spread into the intercostal muscles between the ribs.

While the growth of the tumor into the intercostal muscles and left lobe of the liver is not extensive, it does raise the question “Is chemo still working against the tumors?” Chemo wipes me out for a few days every 3 weeks (I have been in bed most of the weekend) and has given me significant neuropathy. If it’s not working, am better off stopping chemo and enjoying all the time I can without the side effects?

Next week Dr. Doug Lee will be back from vacation so we will be able to take another look at the scans and discuss additional chemo and radiation.

I ask for your prayers this week for peace and wisdom.

God is good, all the time, God is good.

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  1. suzanne bachelor on September 30, 2007 10:51 am

    Prayers for Peace & Wisdom: You’ve got ’em.
    It is a solemn joy to be included in your army of prayer warriors. Don, you epitomize what a friend of mine called being “an adventurer and explorer of God’s Kingdom.” Thank you for your powerful heart sharing and for modeling real life.

    Sincerely,

    Suzanne Bachelor

  2. seanmazz on September 30, 2007 10:59 am

    Don,

    I love you and am praying for you. This is frustrating news, but your attitude and trust in Jesus is a constant inspiration/challenge to live life to the fullest.

    Thank you,

    Matt

  3. gregu on September 30, 2007 12:51 pm

    Hi Don! We’ve loved following your time in Hawaii and the ongoing perspective you are gaining as this unique journey you are on progresses. Tough news here but God is with you and we continue to pray daily for you as a family. This blog is such a blessing in so many ways and to so many people. Speaking for myself I always get a charge from it, no matter the content – joy or challenges. Love you and looking forward to Tool Group next Sunday to hug you in person. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers

    Greg

  4. art curtis on September 30, 2007 2:43 pm

    Hey Don, I have really enjoyed your adventure to Hawaii this past week or two. I am glad that you and Heather were able to spend some time alone. I am feeling bad about the current news and pray that there will be another way to deal with the new situation. Lori and Anna have both been following your Hawaii adventure and we are so glad to hear your experiences. We are all praying that you keep your strength up and that you should enjoy life to its fullest right now! I am praying extra for you this week. Looking forward to your next blog. Art

  5. stan on September 30, 2007 8:39 pm

    I was riding high with you, sharing the joy of your last trip to Hawaii, enjoyed every moment right along side….so, this harsh dose really is what it titled !!Harsh….but, thank you for your steadfast determination, allowing the Spirit in you to work all out, instead of elbowing our old self in, especially in this heavy moment….. couple things for sure, continue to plead and pray, and you have calmed our spirit to FACE unforeseen/upcoming disappointments in life, in the future and beyond…..a big Thanks….. keep up with your Spirit,,,,,we will continue to pray and lobby God…..Let the light shine through and through……
    smile,
    stan

  6. hdrake on October 2, 2007 8:35 pm

    Don,

    You certainly have the right idea. Keep on living as long as there is living to do. I really enjoyed hearing about your time in hawaii. As always your faith and hope in our God is a divine inspiration to many of us. You know I will be praying for peace, wisdom and healing for you, Heather and the fella. count on it. Paul tells us in 2 cor 4 that “we are knocked down but not destroyed.” It ain’t over ’til it’s over bro. Love ya dude!

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