Monday, January 4, 2010

Praise God

Today was my big appointment with the oncologist and we received GREAT news. The lymph nodes and tumor have shrunk by about half. Some of the lymph nodes have shrunk even more than that. The doctor has decided to continue with the chemo treatments with the next one being this Wednesday. We'll do chemo 3 more times, have the scan again and reassess the situation. Also, we are discussing a day surgery where they will place a "power port" in my chest which will allow my PICC line to come out. This port will be placed in my chest under the skin. It will give me more mobility and does not have to be cleaned. With this procedure hopefully I can get back to work and resume my regular activities. God has definitely heard our prayers and answered them. I can't thank you enough for the continued prayer and ask you to please continue praying.

I want to say a special thank you to one of the kids in my family. Every night he and his family pray together and he has been saying special prayers for me. This morning he even went to church at 5:30a to say a rosary just for me. That is such a kind thing to do, especially for a teenage boy. He's also been praying specifically for my mustache which hasn't fallen out. Thanks Jacob for your consist prayer and for remembering me and my mustache.

I am also thankful to MDA for knowing the right medication to give me and for the overall great treatment I have received, but the real thanks goes to God. He is the one who ultimately makes the decision on whether or not I survive this disease and I can't praise him enough for improving my health. He is the one that gives the doctors wisdom and me the strength I need to get through the day. He continues to answer our prayers and I feel so blessed to have him in my life.

I'm still not cancer free, but know with our continued prayer God will heal me.

"Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship,
praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power,
praise him for his magnificent greatness;
Praise with a blast on the trumpet,
praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise him with castanets and dance,
praise him with banjo and flute;
Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,
praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise God!
Hallelujah!" Psalms 150:1-6


  1. wonderful news!! prayers are answered everyday! stay strong and keep the faith!

  2. God is wonderful!!!!! Great news and will see you at the family get together. No excuses. Love you very much.

  3. Great News we will keep you in our Prayers

  4. WOW Mark! Great news. When I saw you at the union hall I knew you looked good. There is too much work left for you to do. Many more lives for you to touch.