Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunday 10/18

Mike here with the latest update from our doctor as of Friday night...

"Lisa's masses everywhere have significantly shrunk. That is the good news. The bad news is they are still there in several places and they are still wrapping around several arteries and veins that will be hard to do surgery on. So...the surgeons are still talking to the radiologist and to myself and others. The plan is not yet set, but there are two options depending on what the surgeons think they can do. We will either admit Lisa for the 6th cycle of chemotherapy on Monday, or she will be going back home, but with a plan in place for surgery. This is less than ideal that the masses are still present in a way that makes surgery difficult, but good that they have shrunk. The discussion about neurosurgery is still ongoing as well, but some believe that it might be best not to do surgery there, but to do radiation specifically to that area after transplant is completed."

So the news concerning Lisa is somewhat bittersweet as you can see. That and the news of Maranda's diagnosis is still stinging. My head is buzzing these days with diagnosis and treatment plans and all sorts of unanswered questions. After thinking things over time after time I keep ending asking myself WTF. I really have to wonder if God really knows what He's doing. He certainly has a lot more faith in me that I do.

All that said, we had a great weekend and hope you did too. We took the kids to Bird's Big Pumpkin's with our dear friends the Holowicki's. All the kids picked out pumpkins and then we went raspberry picking, out to lunch, and then over to Linda's brothers house for Ray's 17th birthday party. The kids had a blast. Hope you were able to enjoy yours as well.


tom said...

Mike and Linda, as you go through these various options know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Never having "been there" and with nothing other than faith to go on, all I can say is that my family and I are "here for you".
Tom, Terri, Christopher, Ashley, Kyle, Adam and Addison
(Oh and Bo the Cat)

Jeanette said...

:( I will continue praying like crazy for you and your family.

Anonymous said...


Hang in there. I know it is tough to have to be the strong one. Your faith may falter at times, but it will still be there when you need it.

Thinking of you every day!