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Faith, Hope and Prayer

Faith, Hope and Prayer

posted by David K. Sumrell on December 7th, 2011 at 8:16 AM

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Faith Can't be Tested in Calm Waters

I went to oncology last week and I was told the tumor in my lung was enlarged. Sarcastically said, my Dr. told me she didn't even need another Dr. to help see what she was looking at, because of the large size. That was the only laughing we were doing. I knew that she was right, because I have been experiencing pain in my chest, again. What we are not sure about is what the tumor is doing, because it is now 18 months since I had radiation in that lung and on that tumor. From what I understand 18 months is the time of radiation effects and some of this could be scar tissue or just fluid from the radiation. My oncologist told me she wasn't sure what to do at present and whether or not more radiation treatments could be done, due to the amount given previously. I told her I was going to my Radiation Cancer Dr. on Friday the December 9, 2011 and we would wait to find out what could be done and more test if necessary. She agreed too, so we are waiting for the next step in my living with melanoma cancer. Now as a side note: I went to my Eye Dr. at Duke yesterday on December 6, 2011. I was given news that my eye condition had deteriorated. I was told because of the radiation to my eye in 2003,I had more blood vessels growing inside and cutting off the ability for my eye to release fluids and therefore making my eye pressure to high and in unsafe limits. After consultation with the Dr.'s they decided to inject a medicine in my eye to stop the blood vessels from growing and allow my eye to drain properly. Then they put another needle in my eye to extract some of the fluid that was creating the pressure. Now, when I was done with this procedure the pressure was down to almost nothing and safe. I was given a prescription for more medicine and antibiotics to prevent infection. I wish I could tell you how this felt, but I do not think you really want to know. They of course said they wanted me back in 6 months and that I might require more injections to fix the problem; however they weren't as optimistic as they had been in the past. They said I have Glaucoma from the effects of radiation. I was told it was the worst stage of it and that eventually I could have my eye enucleated, if the pain became too bad. The one thing said that made me feel better was that because I am already blind in my left eye they could use laser to fix the condition or at least lessen the effects. I will update everyone following my condition after I see the Dr.'s on Friday. Thanks everyone for your prayers and as God has blessed me, I hope and pray for Gods' will to be done and from there I will do whatever He has planned for me. UPDATE 12/11/2011 I went to my Radiation Oncology Dr.'s and right now the next step is a PET Scan, before any decisions can be made. Removing a portion (wedge, not whole lobe) (grape or strawberry jelly) of my left lung was briefly discussed... Then of course I told one of them that option was off the table. My senior Dr. agreed with me and we talked IF needed, we could re radiate... I will keep you informed after I find out more...

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