Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Well, I thought that it's about time that I give an update. We seem to be concluding this treatment. It's good news. I'm so happy that healthy life is once again in front of us.

Dan is done with chemotherapy! Woo hoo! So the next step is to take care of those two nodules. We were originally thinking of doing lung surgery like we have done in the past. This is when the surgeon makes about an 8 inch incision between his ribs in the back and feels through his lungs, taking out anything that feels suspicious. To be frank, this is just going in and hacking away at his lungs. This was a great method when he had 45+ nodules, but now that there is only two, we have decided on a different procedure. It's called radio frequency ablation (RFA). RFA is an outpatient procedure (another big woo hoo!) in which the surgeon basically sticks a needle into the two nodules and heats up the tip. This will cook the tumor and kill any remaining cancer that may still be there. This is a great thing because it saves a lot of precious lung tissue. You can only hack away so much!

We are excited about this procedure and the fact that Dan is pretty much a perfect candidate for it. This means that there is only one minor outpatient procedure to go and then we are home free! They will then watch him with scans every three months and we will pray and pray ... and pray that it never comes back.

I haven't really felt motivated to blog much about chemo. Sorry for those of you who love Dan and live far... I promise he has been and is currently doing well.

Dan has had three bouts with cancer. I feel like I have learned something very distinct each time. I have had experiences that have helped me to come to different conclusions. I think I can sum up the three conclusions I came to with each occurrence of cancer in three sentences:

Faith if He doesn't.
Faith that He can.
Hope that He will.

All three have been very important in my progression through this experience. First, having the faith that things will be okay even if God doesn't heal Dan. Second, having the faith that it's totally within His power to heal Dan. And third, working to develop the hope that He will heal Dan and we will live a long life together.

Here's to many, many more birthdays. Happy Birthday, Dan! I love you! (This is him with his birthday cake yesterday)


BJ and Amber said...

happy Birthday Dan. It probably seems like you are a hundred years old with all the health issues that a hundred year old would have. Sorry. This made me think that three bouts of cancer! you had to take a couple of them that were meant for someone else. And it could have been me. Your the better man. Thank you for taking mine. You are a hero and a savior. We always pray for you Love you guys.

Bekah and Jim said...

Yeah thanks guys...such slackers...not keeping us up to date.
I'm SOOOOO glad Dans doing better!! Sawyer keeps you in his prayers every night, as we all do. But much cuter coming from a 3 year old.
Happy birthday Dan! Love you guys lots!!!

photography by Mikki said...

You guys are a powerful, amazingly strong couple. I draw strength from every post you write and hope things continually get better every day! Happy Birthday Dan-hope it's a wonderful upcoming year for you both:)

Jon and Sarah Jackson Family said...

Thanks for the update and how you continue to inspire those around you. I am in awe of both of you continually. Take care.