Hi Team:


Like many of you, we’ve spent the last several days frozen over.

We’re beginning to get back to normal, but the power and utility disruption made it difficult.

That is true for the calls and appointments we were trying to have with the medical team.

MD Anderson was shut down almost entirely for 2 days. However, we were ultimately able to have consultation with our oncologist, Dr, Tsao.

The results of my scans showed that the lesions in the brain are slightly smaller. Great news! That means the medication is working there.

The bad news is that the cancer in my lung and liver area are slightly larger. So, we’re getting mixed results of this medication.

We have a plan which includes continuing on the medication for the brain improvement.

In addition, I will undergo radiation treatments to address growth in the Lung. The regimen will continue daily for 3 weeks and will start on March 1st.

Monday I’ll be down to get prepped for the treatment to start, then the following Monday is the 1st.

The procedures take less than an hour and I will continue working around my appointments.

I’ll be looking for a place to rent for March and will stay in Houston. Lisa will spend some time in and out with me.

We have a plan, and that’s half the battle.

Your continued prayers for effectiveness of the treatments is greatly appreciated.

Another bit of good news. Many of you know my mom and I shared with you here about her recent recurrence of cancer.

She was able to have surgery rather than undergo radiation. The surgery was several days ago, was successful and she is recovering nicely.

For those of you that know here you know that means she’s back to snapping things in order.. Thank God for her good results.

We’ll stay in touch.

Thank you for your support.

Tom

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Hi Team –

Tom Here with a quick update.

Testing to be done here at MD Anderson today and tomorrow. We will get the results pretty quickly. Expect to have some information tomorrow about efficacy of the new medication that I’ve been on for a number of weeks now.

Specific areas of prayer requests that I would ask of you:

  • The lesions in the brain are completely resolved with no evidence remaining

  • Lesions in other parts of the body are substantially reduced.

Pretty short list

I also wanted to share a little bit about the journey that I’m on mentally and spiritually. Surely, days come and go that are better or worse than others. Regardless of the type of storm one passes through, one must have an anchor to hold onto, lest they get swept away. There are a number of passages and bible parables that I could share that are meaningful to me. At the core of what I hold onto follows. Perhaps you’ll find it useful when you face a storm of your own…

God is ultimately Sovereign –

This means that He is able to do anything. He spoke the universe into creation. What can be too difficult for him?

God is infinitely Good –

This means He will do what’s best for us, even when we don’t agree. He have a better, more informed purpose and acts accordingly, like we do with our children. Our kids often do not get what they want because we know what’s best for them. Which brings us to….

God’s absolute Wisdom –

Because God is eternal, He has always been, and will always be, and He is never changing. He knows what lies around the bend for all of us, individually and collectively. We don’t get to know the answers to many questions. Why did this happen? Someday I will get the answer to that question, but not yet.

Because of Gods Sovereignty, Goodness and Wisdom, I can move forward to the things that lie ahead. The test results that I receive in the next two days may or may not be what I hope for. Whatever they show, I can accept them and move forward knowing that my Heavenly Father is Good, that He has a plan, and that He will carry that out, whatever my part is in that plan.

I will share one reference, in the book of Job, after Job has lost all of his worldly possessions, and family, he is encouraged to ‘curse God and die’. He responds with ‘though He slay me, yet will I praise Him’. Job understood the source of life and hope and all that is good.

Likewise, I say though He may slay me, yet will I praise Him. He is the source of my life and my hope.

Be blessed,

Tom


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Hey team –

quick update….

Great news !

UT Southwestern was able to find my mom’s 33-year-old radiation treatment records.

That means that the current radiologists will have enough information to allow them to treat her current growth safely.

So, hallelujah!! Praise God. One prayer answered….

We have a few more to go

Thanks for your continued prayers.

Tom


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