Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Houston Update

Back again from the 38 hour trip to and from Houston. The only good thing about this trip is that you can go 70 mph in Texas!!

Now for the Great News! Dr. Amato has compared all three of Alan's scans that he has had since he started seeing him in November. By comparing all of the scans, Dr. Amato can now get a better idea of what is no longer there and what is decreasing. We already knew that the two larger spots in Alan's lungs had decreased, but there were a few freckled size areas that we were still unsure about. It takes about three scans to know for sure b/c each time Alan has his scans done, he could possibly be breathing different and that would make each scan different, so we are now at a good place to compare scans. With all of that said, we know for sure that the freckled size spots are GONE and one of the larger spots is GONE and the other spot has decreased in size some more.!! Now, the spot around the renal vein...yes, that same ole spot. This time, Dr. Amato says post op. By looking at the first scans and now yesterday's, he says he really feels like it is just post op and it will be there forever...no tumor!! Can we just stick with that verdict please!! We can never know for sure due to the risk of doing a biopsy, but the mass has not changed since the last set of scans. He says post op, so that's what it is. I never want to talk about this spot again!! With all of this great news, of course we were extremely excited. I personally am trying to live in the "now" and not think about the future, but it is hard. I am so excited for Alan and this great news, but that question still lingers in the back of my mind..."will it come back?" We just pray that it will not.

Alan's next appointment in Houston is April 20th, so we have about an 8 week break.

Thank you lord for all of your power and for your healing hand. Our God is an awesome God! We pray for healing hearts for the ones that have lost family to such an awful disease and we pray for anyone facing difficult times. I thank God everyday that we have such amazing family and friends to pray for us daily and that care. What would we do without you and those prayers!

I want to ask anyone reading this blog to please support your local Relay For Life! Our Ashley County RFL will be held May 15th. You can get more information about this by visiting the website at: www.relayforlife.org/ashley

Prayers and Love To You All,
Melissa

3 comments:

ACBA said...

PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW! We are so excited to hear this wonderful news. God is faithful to hear and answer our prayers when we put our trust in Him. Praise Him and thank him every day and pray without ceasing.

Love, Mrs. Sandra and Mr. Royce

Pennington Posts said...

AWESOME. The news we have all been waiting and wanting to hear.
If we can all only learn to trust in Him for everything, he always comes through, always showing up and showing out. Our GOD is an AWESOME GOD, HE Reigns From Heaven Above, with wisdom, power and love, our GOD is an AWESOME GOD.
Greatest news of my day.
Love and prayers.
Susan and Craig

karen copeland said...

THANK YOU LORD- WHAT WE HAVE ALL BEEN PRAYING FOR. I AM SO HAPPY FOR ALL OF YOUR FAMILY. WE WILL KEEP YOU'LL IN OUR PRAYERS. GOD IS SOOOOOO AWESOME.

KAREN COPELAND AND FAMILY