Well, what a year its been. Dad couldn’t have put it more perfectly. I didn’t want his beautiful words (which he wrote just before his last MRI)to get lost in the news of the past few days. You can read them here.
Dad went in for scans yesterday morning and received mixed news at their reading. Dr. Degroot was very happy with how most of his previous spots had diminished, but noted there were two new spots, one looking possibly more serious. Because of Dad’s progression and his survival rate (along with a myriad of other factors I’m sure), Dr. Degroot informed us that he’d be eligible for a brand new trial study. So Dad will start a new chemo treatment very shortly and is really excited and feeling blessed to be given this opportunity to try a new remedy.
This all happened yesterday… this morning Dad walked into the room where mom was and tried to tell her something but couldn’t get the words out. When she tried to have him write the words he was having trouble controlling the pen and again when she tried to have him hold a bottle of water. So everyone headed back to MDA and after a few tests in the ER, Dad was admitted into the neuro-rehab unit (Dad made it back for his 1 year anniversary to P8!) for treatment of what they suspect was a stroke affecting his right side. We have all been really encouraged by the positive progress he has made even today – being able to lift and move both limbs on his left side along with marked improvements in speech. Mom and Dad will be at MDA for the next three days at least and we will know more as the days progress and they’re able to better diagnose and treat what is going on.
Thank you for all you’ve been to me and my family this year. Words are insufficient to express our gratitude. You’ve blessed us and humbled us by your outpouring of generosity, love and prayers. You have been the hands and feet of Christ to us, and He has shown His boundless love through you all.
With the new challenges ahead we are asking for your continued prayers that will help to sustain us, bolster our spirits, bring new hope and fill our hearts with love. Thank you for carrying us when we are weary, comforting us when we are worn, and encouraging us when we are tempted to slow down. You have all been right next to us during this entire journey and we know the only way we can only continue the race is with you.