I am gonna try to do this fast because I know so many of you are (awesomely and amazingly) waiting to hear how my appointment went! So let me just say: prayer works!! Most of you know I was super nervous about how my oncologist would be and….he is awesome!!! I felt really comfortable with him (and so did Eric and my sister in law Michelle – who is so knowledgeable about this stuff. What a blessing she came along!!) so that was just a huge relief. I have a whole bunch of appointments for diagnotics in my immediate future, but that is definitely to be expected. I have an MRI of my brain tomorrow, a full body PET scan Friday in Philly, and a consultation with the surgeon next Wednesday in Philly. Wow, what a whirlwind! But truthfully I feel peace right now. I am very happy with our doctor and his nurse and with the level of care we will be recieving at Penn. God is awesome!!
So at my appointment today, they drew cells from one of my affected lymph nodes to check for a genetic defect. Here is the kicker: we want me to have this specific mutation because it apparently opens a lot more doors for treatments. Melanoma is a tricky bugger, and your typical chemotherapy doesn’t work, so this will be very good if I’m a mutant. Of course, I’m not like a cool mutant like Mystique or Wolverine. No, my mutation gives me cancer. But then it helps me fight my cancer! Not exactly X-Man material, but I’ll take it. Cancer Girl probably wouldn’t sell a lot of comics anyway….
So, my esteemed prayer warriors, since your prayers obviously have power, I humbly ask for a few more specific requests:
1. Please pray that the cancer has not spread beyond the nodes that we already know of.
2. Please pray that I’m a mutant. Of sorts.
3. Please continue to pray that I will be able to use this for God’s glory.
Looks like I will have lots of tests and lots of results coming up. God has given me peace. Man, He is awesome!!! Thank you a million times over for your support!