Many ask…and so I thought I’d update on the blog what is going on with Amanda and BeckyLynn…see below…
I talked to Erick this morning and the doctor visit yesterday at Brenner’s leaves more questions. They told them after the CT scan that Amanda has a “mass.” They used that word “mass” instead of the word “tumor.” I’m not sure what the difference is…neither does Erick or Alice. The doctor said they were a little afraid to do a biopsy at this point because the kidneys tend to bleed a lot if “messed with.” They are waiting to hear back from the doctor today (later this evening). They did sleep well last night and they said they felt the prayers of the church and really appreciated everyone’s prayers! Keep them coming!!
At this point they would like “answers.” It seems there is a short supply of these for now…so, pray for patience and for wisdom from the doctors.
Also, I’m attaching an email update on BeckyLynn she sent me last night.
Monday going to DUKE, and in mid-Oct going to MD Anderson in Houston. I really don’t expect much different, except some different experimental drugs……Experimentals are offered institution by institution. Looking online, there’s very little experimental/clinic trials that either I would qualify for, or I would be interested in. The Phase I & II trials of an experimental drug mean “we don’t know if these work at all”; Phase III mean “We know this drug works, and we know it works at least as the current standard treatment, but we want to know if it works better than the standard treatment”. Phase IV means “we know this works better than the standard treatment, but we don’t know all the side effects & long-term fall-out”. We’re willing to do Phase III and IV, but not I or II at this point. Our concern is that the side effects/fall-out of I and II might inhibit my ability to do ministry….and our #1 goal is to protect my ministry while trying to deal with the cancer.
So……we’ll see what the Lord has in store. 🙂
Looking forward to Oct 31st at church with MPBC 🙂
Please continue to pray for BeckyLynn and Amanda. God bless you!