Danny is in Remission!!!! Yeah!
That is a new word I will have to get used to saying. It will be nice to be able to replace the ugly word cancer with the positive word... REMISSION!
The nurse had given us the good news that the radiologist didnt see any cancer on his PET scan from last week however, it is very reassuring to hear it from the doctor and to hear the entire report read aloud! No, no, negative, no, nothing, no, negative, no, no.... these were the words from Dr. Anagnost as he read the full report. Excellent news, not only is the mass gone but the lymph nodes that were in his abdomen & upper body no longer show any signs of cancer as well. He is completely clear of cancer! Whoo hoo... we are so very thankful!
As far as the pain goes, that remains a mystery. Dr. A does not believe it is related to the cancer at all. He feels there is a separate issue causing the pain. He really didn’t want Danny to have any more tests, especially x-rays due the radiation. But he felt with the amount of pain and the fact it was getting worse along with Danny needing pain medication he really didn’t have a choice. He didn’t want to wait it out so Danny is scheduled for a C-spine & T-spine MRI this Saturday at 3:00.
We do not go back to see Dr. A for 4 weeks unless anything changes or the results from the MRI make it necessary. In the meantime we are supposed to continue weaning Danny off of the medication. He will work on the Marinol first. He takes it 2 times a day now so we will go to only once and see how he does for a week or so and then drop the last dose for a week or so before moving on to another medication. He hopes to have him medication free by the first of the year. Dr. A expects that the ringing in his ears will subside sometime the first of the year too.
He has maintained his weight. He lost around 35 pounds in the beginning and had gained 13 pounds back at our last appointment. All of his blood test came back good with the exception of his hemoglobin, it was a little low but nothing concerning. Dr. A said his body is working hard to heal and is doing as it should & showing signs of improvement. Danny's hair is continuing to grow; slow it is very fuzzy & white. I am curious to see his new hair-do. Most people have said it would probably come in curly and white... no curls yet, we will see.
Overall, Danny is doing very well. If it were not for the pain in his chest and back I would say he was well on his way to complete recovery. We will wait to see what the MRI shows to see what, if any obstacle is next. We feel after all he has been through with the cancer and chemo we can certainly handle what is next! The Lord is good all the time and all the time the LORD IS GOOD!
Thank you for your continued prayers!