On the last day of the year: Sixteen thoughts about Cancer

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josh p's picture

Thank you for posting this Jim. It reminds me to pray for you and it is an encouragement to hear what you have written. 

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Appreciated those thoughts Jim.  My wife and I have faced many of the same questions with her cancer.  Even though she has had no known recurrence for 5 years as of this year, we know that there is no guarantee, and it definitely forced/forces us to look at our own mortality and time we have on earth in a different way.

Dave Barnhart

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Good for you, Jim! 

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Jim's picture

I saw the urologist this am and here is the news:

  • Recap: I am 22 months post surgery and
  • 2 weeks post radiation (39 zappings)
  • Today: The bio-chemical marker for cancer is undetectable (as good as it gets)
  • I have radiation side effects that may take months to heal
  • If no great improvements in 2 months - to see a specialist
  • Next urology appointment is six months out
  • If the bio-chemical marker remains zero ... will go to semi-yearly appointments
  • He doesn't use the term "cured"
  • If bio-chemical marker is zero after a couple of years ... annual appointments with blood work
  • No need for bone scans or other imaging as long as the bio-chemical marker remains zero

Kathee and I very pleased

Here's a chart I made with Excel. The red vertical bar represents approximately when radiation commenced

Bert Perry's picture

Awesome!

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.