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My cancer has been deemed “pokey”.  That’s a good thing.  While the scans from Saturday show that all the tumors are growing, they are growing slowly or as oncologists call it “slight progression”.  They did not find any new cancer.  Praise God!  What they did find, however, was a slightly enlarged lymph node in my abdominal region, but they’re not concerned about it right now.

Dr. Schott has recommended that I do stereotactic radiosurgery  on my brain.  This is the as Gamma Knife which I did at Mayo in 2010.  She is impressed with how I responded to that surgery and she would like to do it again on the new spot in my brain.

As far as chemo is concerned, she doesn’t see the need to start chemo right now because the spots in my lungs aren’t large enough (thank you pokey cancer).  She would prefer to save the chemo options for when I really need it.  As you may or may not know, the more chemo drugs a person is exposed to, the more immune the cancer cells become to the drugs, thereby becoming less effective.  I hope I’m explaining that right to all you medical people out there.

I’m going back to U of M Monday for a very specific MRI, to meet the neurosurgeon, and to meet the radiation oncologist.

I believe the next step will be the procedure.  Just thinking about the procedure puts a great amount of fear in me.  Call me a wuss, but having screws turned into your skull while awake isn’t fun.  🙁

5 Responses to “Pokey”

  1. Megan VK says:

    I’ve been checking all day to see what the news was from your scans. So thankful nothing has progressed a whole lot since the last check! When I think of you Lindy, the term wussy NEVER comes to my mind. The gamma knife surgery is just another hurdle for you that you shouldn’t have to go through but I know God will give you the strength to get through it once again. I’m glad you can avoid chemo too. You are so brave and thank you for these updates! You guys are always in my thoughts and prayers. 😉

  2. julie says:

    Yeah!!!! I was so anxious to hear how the tests turned out…what wonderful news!! Yeay for pokey cancer! Of course, we’ll continue to keep praying constantly for you and specifically for the Gamma Knife procedure coming up…no, that does not sound like fun. Love you all!

  3. Aunt Carole says:

    Lindy, I’m praising God for the start of a miracle that He is giving you. Yes, we would like immediate and complete healing, but pokey cancer is also a good answer to prayer. And the continued break from chemo is also very welcomed. The Gamma Knife surgery?-not so much. I give you soooo much credit for all the courage and strength you and your family continue to model so well for all the rest of us! The testing of your faith is continuing to strength you and also the rest of us. As you continue to submit to God’s call to accept what each day brings, may we continue to submit to God’s call for us to remain faithful always in prayer for you. Love & Prayers…

  4. Amy Sluiter says:

    Praising God for Pokey cancer! And praising Him for your strength and courage as He works his miracles in you! We’re continuing to pray for your strength, peace, and healing each day!

  5. barb baumann says:

    my prayers continue…I love your family:)

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