As some of you know, we’ve been battling cancer in our house. Entrepreneur was diagnosed with renal cell cancer (kidney cancer) in November 2014. Surgery removed the diseased kidney and scans of his lungs and thyroid were inconclusive for any metastasized cell growth. However….they were not scanning his brain. In February of 2016, a mass was discovered on the right side of his brain, which required surgery. After surgery and radiation, he developed Bell’s Palsy which rendered the right side of his face partially paralyzed. It took almost nine months for that to pass, although he still has some minor issues with his right eye. Daily oral chemotherapy was prescribed to try and get out ahead of any cancer that might be waiting to show its ugly head.
At this time, there is no cure for renal cell cancer. Average lifespan after renal cell diagnosis is 5 years. The oncologist said the best we can do is try and stave off its growth for as long as possible. But chemo began to ravage his systems and he lost about 25 pounds along with having to deal with the other nasty chemo-induced side effects. We literally have friends and family from across the globe lifting us up in prayer.
Fast forward to Wednesday, October 3rd. Entrepreneur’s new oncologist is of the opinion that, because no new renal cell cancer growth has shown up for the past year and a half, he will give him a drug holiday! His words were, “right now, it’s not the cancer that’s killing you, it’s the chemo.” I concur. It’s been heartbreaking to watch my husband of 38 years wasting away; his strength and resolve getting weaker and weaker by the day because of the chemo pills.
It’s a mixed bag of blessings. Was the chemo keeping the cancer at bay, which is why nothing shows on the scans? Or, like the doctor said, there isn’t anything in your body for the chemo to fight, so why are we continuing to destroy you? He will continue to be scanned every three months and, when it returns, we’ll discuss options again.
But for now, we’re thankful and grateful for God’s tender mercy that will allow him to enjoy our upcoming family vacation, the holidays, and hopefully reach far into 2019. We’re thankful and grateful for every word of prayer offered on our behalf. We’re thankful and grateful to be surrounded by love and support. It has truly made a difference in our lives.
He’s gained back five pounds this week. 🙂
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie
Blog hopping today with Brian’s Home for Thankful Thursday. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.