Yesterday I enjoyed an afternoon of blood tests, CT scan, and a visit with my new oncologist. Here is the bottom line. There has been no significant change in my cancer – no growth, no spread. No reduction, either – at least not anything that the radiologist and oncologist consider “significant”. They say my tumors have “stabilized”. That is a good thing.Read More
Monday I go to the oncology clinic for a whole afternoon.
First, they will do blood work. In the past, my blood work has been normal. I will be eager to see if that has changed.
Then I go for a CT scan. They will scan my whole body to see if the tumors that were there 2 months ago have changed, multiplied or disappeared. I am hoping/praying that prayer and diet, the things for which I have greatest confidence, have had a measurable effect.Read More
I don’t think I am clinically depressed. I’ve promised to be transparent, so the truth is that today is a “down” day. I don’t know why. I had a fun morning fishing with my good friend and his kids. Maybe it is that I am fasting. Maybe it is because I spend 2 hours this afternoon going through medical bills and insurance statements. Maybe it is just the natural ebb and flow of emotions – I was up on Friday, now down on Saturday.Read More
I met my new oncologist today, and had a great appointment. We were encouraged (Vic was with me). He spent over 30 minutes with us, came in well prepared, had clear recommendations, listened to our concerns, and patiently answered all of our questions honestly with a positive and affirming attitude.
He is my new oncologist because I fired the old one.Read More
One of the things people are most curious about is my cancer-fighting diet. The truth: My hope for beating this cancer is for God to do something miraculous. But I have adopted a radical diet for 15 weeks to make me as internally healthy as possible, to try to naturally support my immune system to fight the cancer, and to make my body as inhospitable to cancer as I can.Read More
I am a visual guy. I think in pictures; and there is a picture that is helping me during this bizarre season of my life. But before I share it with you, here are a few thoughts that will help you understand it better.
John 5 is the story about Jesus healing a man at the pool of Bethesda. After healing him, he told him to take his mat and go home. On the way, some religious knuckleheads stopped the man and asked, “Dude, why are you carrying your mat? Don’t you know it’s Sabbath! That’s illegal.” The guy responded by telling them that the guy who healed him told him to. But he didn’t know who healed him, because Jesus slipped through the crowd right after. Later, Jesus stalked the guy and found him in the temple. He tells him, “Stop sinning or worse things might happen to you.” (a warning, not a threat) So the guy runs to the religious leaders and rats Jesus out. The religious guys then found and confronted Jesus, “Did you heal this guy on Sabbath?”Read More
It was a Tuesday when my primary care doc called me to tell me the results of my PET scan: “There is a 2” (5cm) tumor in your right lung and a tumor in your left lung. It is cancer, there is no doubt about it. It’s bad, and it’s hyperactive – growing and aggressive. It is other places, too. We need to get you to an oncologist as quickly as we can.”Read More
Today I had SRS surgery. It is not surgery that you normally thing about. No knives, incisions, scalpels or stitches. Not even an operating room. It is all done with highly focused beams of radiation which are aimed through your scalp from different angles, and done through a high resolution MRI. Some of you may have heard of cyber-knife or gamma-knife surgery. SRS is like gamma-knife surgery 2.0.Read More
In June 2019 I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma. I decided to share my story and experiences here so that friends and those who are simply curious can get a glimpse into my journey through this. I hope God will heal me. I expect God to heal me. But whether He does or doesn’t, I promise to be honest and transparent, in hopes that other will benefit from this difficult and rich season of my life.Read More