Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday 3/20

Ok... Here is the latest.

For those of you who don't know, I have a pituitary tumor and I also have masses in both sides of my chest that will have to be surgically removed.

The endocrinologist here has not seen may of these tumors and that is understandable. According to the MD Anderson site, only 3 in 1,000,000 people per year get these kinds of tumors. Of those that DO get this tumor, I somehow have fallen into the even smaller group that have the kind to make me develop masses in my chest. None of the doctors I have seen so far, have ever seen anything like this.

No offense to the Doctors in Amarillo, but I want the best of the best. I think I will find something close to that at MD Anderson.

We spoke to someone from MDA on Friday and she let us know that the surgical team had reviewed my stuff and was passing that info on to the endocrinology group. We are supposed to hear from MDA again tomorrow to see when our appointment time is.

If you are reading this, you need to know that God is good in many ways. It it from Christ Jesus that my family gets strength and courage to fight this and it is Christ alone who is worthy of getting the glory for the good things that happen.

I can not wait to see how God works this out for my family and what good things He has in store for us.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

New Post - 03/15/09

Sorry that it has been so long since the last post. It it not because I haven't wanted to post, but there has been very little to post about...

Dad has been, in my opinion, has been slowly improving - at least his mood has. I notice it when I talk to him on the phone. He is more cheerful and upbeat. His short term memory loss still seems to be present, but I think it is improving.

Dawn is going to go to radiation with him on Wednesday the 18th and talk to Dr. McCormick to get an update. I want to also know when dad will have another MRI so we can tell if the tumor has shrunk.

When I know more, I will post again.

Continue to pray that this radiation does what it is supposed to do and totally gets rid of these tumors. Also pray that whatever depression he is feeling is replaced by contentment and peace that only Christ can give.


I know you are here for updates on Dad and I appreciate that.

I do have something else that I would like you to lift up in prayer.

Me. Around Christmas '08, I discovered a very sore spot in my chest. I went to our family doc to see what the heck was up. We watched it for a while and it continued to get bigger. My Doc referred me a couple of weeks ago (about the time we put dad in the hospital) to a specialist. He did all kinds of blood work, a bone density scan, and some other tests.

Long story made short is this. The blood work and the MRI that I have show that I have a tumor in my brain on my pituitary gland. I go to the Dr. tomorrow for a more throughout discussion of what we are going to do about this tumor in my head. During the conversation I had with him last week, he indicated that he did not want to look at surgery quite yet, so we will likely be perusing some meds that he said can be effective in shrinking this kind of tumor.

I have a surgery consult later this month about the mass in my chest. I don't know a bunch about it yet.

I have told Dawn about my issues, but not my dad. If you see and/or talk to him, please do not mention this to him. He has enough on him plate right now as it is and I don't want to tell him until I have something concrete to tell him.

I'm not sure what to say next....... Pray for us.