Rejoice with me

26 Jun

“The mercies of the Lord endure forever”

Bronwen, James (our elder son from the USA) and I have just returned from Christchurch where we saw the oncologist this morning for the results of the CT scan taken yesterday. The news they gave me overwhelmed me.

The radiologist and oncologists can find no sign of cancer in the liver. The primary in the rectum also appears to be clear. The liver has returned to normal size and is in “pristine condition”. The Oncologist showed us the original scan and also the present scan so we could make comparisons. When the first scan was taken, the metastases were right through all segments of the liver and the cancer was larger than the remaining functioning liver. Now there is no sign of disease at all in the liver. The oncologist stated that she can count on her fingers the number of patients she has seen over the years who have shown such dramatic response. The official report states, “Radiologically, a complete response.” The Research nurse who oversees the trial I have been on said that this is the best result she has seen. Both she and the oncologist used the word ‘miracle’.

I need no further treatments but will have another CT scan in 4 weeks to confirm the result. I will then continue to have scans every 8 weeks and follow-up visits to the Nelson Oncologist every 3 months.

Cautionary Note:

While we are extremely grateful to the Lord for this result, we also realise that treatments can knock out 99.9% of cancer cells but there may be one or two that are still floating around in the body that have developed an immunity to treatment. Eventually these cells have sons and daughters that multiply with increased vigour, so vigilance is still needed. We are also not going to presumptuously rush back into our old lifestyle. My body also needs time to recover from the hits it has taken from the chemotherapy so we will be taking things quietly for some months yet.

The Lord has graciously given me a new lease of life. I need to discover what the Lord would now have me do with that extra time. He certainly used strong measures to get my attention. I don’t want to waste my remaining years by missing the point of why my pathway has taken me through “the valley of the shadow of death”.

There were tears of gratitude to the Lord when we got back to the car after the appointment. There is also a deep sense that whatever means He used, it is purely His mercy and His grace that has given me this outcome.


Posted by on 26 June, 2009 in Medical


9 Responses to Rejoice with me

  1. Roger

    26 June, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Great news, Doug. Praise God. By the way, I assume you have heard of the book by Sandra Cabot, “The Liver Cleansing Diet”. A friend of mine had a liver condition which the doctors said was incurable. She followed Dr. Cabot’s Liver Cleansing Diet and was cured of the condition. If you don’t already have it, it’s readily available on ebay.

  2. Eunice

    27 June, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Great news. We rejoice with you too.
    Love. Eunice & Stan

  3. Andrew Butcher

    29 June, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Doug – Yvette and I are delighted to hear this news. We are very grateful to God and very grateful too and we do rejoice with you. We look forward to seeing you soon. lots of love, Andrew

  4. Lorraine Crawford

    29 June, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Dear Doug & Bronwen.
    So thrilled to hear your news. God is good.I love your attitude, take it easy certainly for a while, how sensible. You have sure been through the mill, we never know why God allows these things to happen but we do know that all things work together for good for those who love be assured of our continued prayers and thoughts as you plan for the future. Something I guess, you weren’t sure about a few months ago.
    Lots of Love
    Lorraine & Ian

  5. Alan and Lindy White

    29 June, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    This is our first posting although we have been following and praying for your recovery. Our Lord is good and faithful – what joy it must be to have more time to do His work! Love to you and Bronwyn.

    Alan, Lindy and girls (Hobart)

  6. Greg Bain

    29 June, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Yes, we rejoice with you – God has his ways and means of performing miracles – including the use of men and women with skill and compassion.

    What else can we say but “Thank you Lord. Now how do you want me to honour you in the time you have extended to me?”

    This was part of your post on 3rd February –

    I am still going to plan as if I have 25 years but I will be ready to go when the coach decides to sub me. I will not be withdrawing from life, but going deeper into relationships with God, wife and family. I will endeavour to gain greater insights and understanding of the Master’s plan: loving, doing, pursuing, enjoying, and taking every day as a gift.

    I am determined to play it out.

    On the day when I have just had my first twelve month check colonoscopy after surgery last year removed a cancer before it spread, I can only echo your comment above – God has called you, gifted you, and now has added this extra dimension to your walk of faith.
    He does these things in order that you may be molded into the person he will use now to fulfill another part of his service. It has been my experience that all of my significant life events(difficult as they may have been at times), have since found a place in his service.

    So… let us continue to run the marathon that is set before us … looking unto Him.

  7. T.C. Seow & Flo

    1 July, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Hi Doug & Bronwen,
    Have been following your blog all this while and really pleased to hear of the miraculous result from the treatment. For sure the Lord must have more things for you to accomplish.
    Will continue to be praying for you for complete healing.
    Just wondering if you did receive our email sent to
    Love to catch up with you soon.
    (is there any change in your mobile no?)
    God Bless

  8. Lionel Brown

    6 July, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Praise God – this is good news .
    Will continue to pray for complete healing.


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