02 August 2007

new challenge for local blogger with non-hodgkins lymphoma

buddy martin writes:

Its time to let folks know the latest on my journey of lymphoma. I’ve recently had a PET scan, a bone marrow test, and blood test to get an update on how things are going. Betty and I met with my doctor this afternoon (Dr. Halawani).

The news was not as good as we would have liked. The PET scan shows a couple of hot spots in my upper abdomen and the bone marrow also shows a problem. Dr. Halawani was totally surprised since I’ve had no symptoms that indicate a problem with NHL.

My health remains strong. He has given us every reason to look to future options and treatments. Dr. Halawani shared with us the incredible strides being made in the treatment of cancers.

As many of you know, M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, is number one when it comes to the cutting edge for dealing with every kind of cancer. Dr. Halawani was to contact M. D. Anderson this afternoon to arrange for me to go there for further evaluation and/or future treatment.

The doctor also noted that stem cell therapy will likely be part of my future treatment, but that there are a number of options available. He said that M. D. Anderson will call me next week to arrange an appointment. (Copies of my records are being sent to them.)

As for Betty and myself, we’ve never doubted the Lord’s watchful oversight of my journey with NHL. (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.) This is just another bump in the road.

And in whatever the future may hold, I know that it all belongs to the Lord. Did He not say, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.: (Heb. 13:5)
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