…which began Wednesday 3/6 with lots of blood being drawn and then a CT scan both with and without contrast. I anxiously awaited the results on Friday. My blood pressure was up. Still within expected ranges, but up. I am sure it dropped rapidly as the Dr gave me good news. All my labs were normal. Magnesium, potassium, white cell count, all normal except the tumor markers. Normal is 35. Mine had dropped to 17! Dr once again said this is unheard of. I started at over 3000, dropped to 812, then 64.9 and this week 17.
The CT scan was equally encouraging. The tumors were vastly shrunk. Not only that but they often leave behind a sack. The CT is not showing these empty sacks. (Dr used a medical word which I don’t remember)
Initially he was anticipating damage to liver, stomach and bowel. In that first meeting, he was anticipating a bowel resectioning and did not rule out a stoma. Now he says liver and stomach look fine and it is unlikely that he will need to resection the bowel. He did warn me that once he gets inside he may see scarring or damage not visible in the CT and he will take action.
He says my cancer responded to the chemo treatment very well. I think it was chemo with a prayer-push. I thank all of you again for your prayers and hope you continue them. I am convinced that prayer works.
Before leaving today, I signed permission and understanding papers. We are planning the operation for Mar 18 or 19th. The remaining tumors will be removed. Any swollen lymph nodes removed and tested. All the lady parts will be removed too; and because there was so much cancer up high on the fat layer next to the lungs, he will be removing some of that fat too.
Four weeks later, I will begin the last 3 chemo treatments and am expected to go in remission.
So considering how much tissue he is taking out (tumor remainders, fat by the lungs, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix), how much weight do you think I will lose?