Monday, April 18, 2011

What The Donut Said

Today we spent the afternoon at OHSU for several back-to-back appointments. Following our carefully laid out instructions for how to get to each office, it began to feel like an episode of Amazing Race! We followed the clues, crossed the sky bridge, up and down elevators... OHSU is such a maze! Just trying to find your way around will take your mind off of being sick!

After filling out forms, drawing blood, taking vitals multiple times, we finally got to the appointment we had been waiting for. Just what did the donut say?

"Clean as a whistle!" That's what the donut said. Clean, that is, in every other place in Lance's body except for his neck and throat!

We are rejoicing. So thankful that there are no other organs involved.

The donut also revealed that there is another growth of cancer that has spread to his left tonsil.

Next part of this Amazing Race is April 25 when Lance will have surgery to remove the tonsils, a part of his pharynx wall and the lymph nodes on the right side of his neck.

Recovery, we've been told, is a bear. He will come home with a feeding tube and an extremely sore throat.

After surgery they will send the tissues off for examination. There is still a chance that the cancer may have spread through his nervous system. Something the donut cannot tell us.

We'll have the pathology in about a week after the surgery.

Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your support and encouragement. We are feeling it from all over the world!

God is good...all the time!

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