Bronwen and I kept our appointment with the Oncologist yesterday. The verdict: Humanly speaking, medical science gives me two years. That omits the God factor. Of course I will seek to push that boundary and trust that the Lord Himself will “do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to His power at work in us”
The problem is the liver. If I had a few spots they would operate to remove them. If the spots were confined to one lobe they would remove that. Unfortunately I have 6 or 7 spots spread throughout the liver so the treatment becomes palliative. The Oncologist has presented some options for treatment and because of my ‘youth and fitness’ believes I could withstand ‘the full works’! Their focus will be the liver and hopefully the lymph nodes and the primary cancer in the bowel will also be reduced by the assault.
This whole episode has been an unexpected twist in my life journey. When I look back there have been many twists and turns as the Lord has steered us down unusual paths. The constant factor has been His abiding presence. There will be more twists and turns but both Bronwen and I have a deep sense of peace and consider the prognosis a base of time that is a gift for us to build on and extend.
There are also many other options for treatment that people are graciously presenting to us as alternatives to chemo. We realise that many times the medical profession is only as good in its treatment as the advice it gets from the drug companies and research units. Our Oncologist has an obvious concern for us as people but so busy it is impossible for her or her colleagues to read all the various research papers on the subject.
Please pray that we will have wisdom in knowing which pathway to walk and what advice to heed. Our ultimate trust is still in the Lord who will over-ride our plans with His own.