Cathy’s Good News

Cathy returned to Duke Cancer Center this week to document another stable MRI and another good checkup. That makes thirteen months since her diagnosis, with no visible recurrence of glio-cancer. Therefore, her thoughtful doctors have decided to discontinue her chemotherapy by the end of this month. Cathy can begin to detox from this daily dose of good poison, and hopefully her negative side effects will decrease and recover. We have heard of various time frames for chemo-recovery, but six months seems to be the minimum. We are so blessed to have this opportunity.

Considering this good news, we asked Cathy’s doctor if there might come a time when Cathy could be declared “cured”. Her doctor acknowledged that there are glio-patients who have defied the odds and are still living 10, 15, 20+ years after their diagnosis. But they, like Cathy, still have the prognosis that there will be a recurrence of this aggressive cancer someday, unless they die of something else first. And in Cathy’s case, the next eleven months remain statistically critical. Cathy is not deterred by this perspective. In fact, discontinuing her chemo feels so good she is rather jubilant. As far as the future of her glio-business, she rejoices in the best Good News, which is her love affair with Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and deeply wants us home with Him and His Father. Thank you, Jesus, for your love and friendship.

Cathy’s future updates will be spread out a bit. If “no news is good news”, then we will wait to publish an update. For now, we are excited about our Order-of-Malta-sponsored trip to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in France during the first week of May. In the meantime, we thank you so much for your love, your support, your prayers, and your heartfelt messages. This journey has been grounded in God’s love and mercy, and your willingness to come along for the ride. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We love you!!!

Cathy’s next update is planned for Sunday, May 12th.