Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Brain MRI and Other Stuff

April 5, 2011

When I last left off, I mentioned that I had a brain MRI on March 31.  I wasn’t in the mood to blog about it because the news wasn’t good so Reed let a few people know.  That “few” has now turned into “many” ... at least locally ... so I thought it was time to blog and fill in some blanks. 

March 31 ... Brain MRI and results ... There is more cancer in my brain.  To be specific, the lower half of my brain has about 4 spots.  One looks pretty big.  I did however pass every neurological test they gave me.  Swimmingly I might add!  Dr. Duma quoted some statistics regarding breast cancer that has metastasized to the brain.  It wasn’t encouraging but I had an incredibly odd peace.  He also recommended I undergo another Gamma Knife procedure.

April 2 ... AMAZING prayer time (for healing) at our house.  I’m still processing the night so I’m not ready to share much yet.  But will tell you that some healing did occur in my “bad” leg/hip.  It wasn’t 100% healing but there is a definite obvious difference.  Especially to Reed and I.

April 4 ... Met with Dr. Link to review the Charis lab results and find out what my next step is.  I will begin a new chemo pill sometime next week.

April 6 ... 11:30 Thoracic MRI to see if there is any cancer in my spine
                  1:30 Gamma Knife pre-op

April 8 ... Sometime during the day, I will undergo my third Gamma Knife procedure.

That’s all the medical information I have for now. 

On the personal side, I am feeling really good.  I have no pain in my head, am walking better, and falling asleep with ease.  Staying asleep is another story but I’m pretty sure it’s because I drink far to much liquid shortly before going to bed. 

I’ve had lots of practical help that has freed me to stay caught up in areas that are very important to me. So, considering all the bad, we are certainly experiencing a lot of good.

God is being glorified and I'm not afraid.  It's all good.