UPDATE 4-6-18 PRAYER- Latest scans show the only remaining tumor/cancer cells (that they can see) is the one giant one in his lungs. They've decided to continue aggressive treatment and start a high dose of targeted radiation for 2 weeks.
PRAISE- No major side effects to be concerned about, and as a bonus as the radiation starts to kill & breaks apart the remaining tumor, his immune system should get a boost to attack & kill off any other lingering cancer cells that are too small to detect!!
UPDATE 10-25-17. PRAISE- Thanks for your continued prayers. Mike's battle is still going well. Prayers for recovery are being heard, and the meds are doing there job.
UPDATE 9-25-17 PRAISE- No news = great news! Finally got last weeks scan results in! Mike's scans are showing to be stable so new meds are working! More good news his blood work has been stable so now he only goes biweekly instead of weekly! Thank you all for the continued prayers.
UPDATE 5-10-17 PRAISE- Michael was discharged. The pain was pericarditis (inflammation of the sac around the heart).
UPDATE 5-8-17 PRAYER- Michael is back in the hospital with stabbing pain just under his rib cage on the left side. It has been going on for several days. They are going to do a CT scan.
UPDATE 5-7-17 PRAISE- Last scans and blood work show no new growths. They have slowly raised his chemo dose from 60% to 80% and now back to 100% with liver function still improving. PRAYER- For continued pain management.
UPDATE 2-20-17 PRAISE- Michael was release from the hospital. His liver markers are down & kidney markers are back to normal. Abdominal CT scan and pericardium tests came back "All clear". PRAYER- Ask the Lord to help the doctors find the lowest dose of chemo pills to keep fighting the cancer without destroying his liver.
UPDATE 2-14-17 PRAYER- Mike was admitted to the hospital late last night in severe pain. Blood tests showed his liver enzymes have increased since his test last Thursday. We need to pray that there are no new cancer cells and no new growth.
UPDATE 2-7-17 PRAYER- Mike was having constant chest pain and his cardiologist found fluid between his heart and the sack that hold the heart (pericardium). He had surgery on Feb. 2nd to drain the fluid. There are several prayer requests in this situation 1) Because Mike was managing his pain with Tylenol it has caused stomach and liver issues. We need to pray that his stomach and liver heal. 2) They are sending the fluid and tissue for analysis to establish at the root cause. It is believed that the fluid was caused by his cancer medication. The cancer medication has done an awesome job fighting the tumors. We need to pray as his oncologist determines what course will now be taken to fight the cancer. 3) Pray for Mike as he heals from this surgery.
PRAISE- The surgery went well & Mike is feeling good at this point in his recovery. Also, they have found a better way to manage his pain with "real meds". Mike is now recovering at home.
UPDATE 1-30-17 PRAISE- Mike had an upper endoscopy done just to check things and the doctors found nothing! PRAYER- Blood work is being done to check liver function. His last results were alarming due to his high doses of Tylenol. Please pray that his liver will heal and that they find an alternative way of effectively managing his pain without further damaging his liver.
UPDATE 1-25-17 PRAISE- The MRI showed no new growths and some shrinkage. PRAYER- Mike is dealing with a lot of chest pain. He has an appointment with the pulmonologist and a pain management specialist.
UPDATE 1-17-17 PRAYER-Mike is having scans this week. Pray for good results. Also, he is taking new meds and with them have come new side effects.
UPDATE 12-14-16 PRAISE- Stealth MRI before radiosurgery showed NO NEW TUMOR AT ALL!!!! Read about it on our Facebook page!
UPDATE 12-9-16 PRAISE- Appointments with neurosurgeon & radiation oncologist went well and got in quickly. PRAYER- upcoming radiosurgery,
UPDATE 12-1-16 PRAISE- All existing tumors are almost gone or too small to see. PRAYER- A new tumor has appeared that will require radiosurgery to get rid of it.
UPDATE 10-17-16: PRAISE- No new news, doing great!
UPDATE 9-8-16: PRAISE- Tumors are shrinking! PRAYER- Small ring of active cells left around lung tumor.