Friday, September 12, 2008

Hello Family.......I guess I'll just get straight to the point; today's update is a confirmation of the fact that my cancer has returned.

This development is something that we (the Memphis Crew) really kinda knew was coming. We had been hopeful, and praying, that there could be some other reason for all the discomfort and downright pain that I have been experiencing, but it has now been confirmed.

When I left Little Rock 5 weeks ago, I had gone from 10 lesions down to 4, and those 4 had all reduced in size. Everything was looking good. Since then I have been taking some "light" chemo in Memphis and doing all the regular stuff; work, family, church, and some occasional skydiving. (Well, OK I've just been dreaming about the skydiving)

About two weeks ago I started having occasional pains in my ribs. These occasional pains slowly migrated to other areas of my body, mainly in my chest and along my spine. They also became sharp stabbing pains and at times I have had to leave work and take medication to cope. As I said, I knew something wasn't right.

After returning to UAMS for MRI's, PET scan, and other tests on Wednesday, Peggy and I returned to see Dr Barlogie today for the results. I now have 35 active lesions.

We have a game plan and will be returning to UAMS to start treatment on Sept 29th. Lisa and Jim had been planning on taking us with them on a cruise to Europe, and have been worried we wouldn't be able to go. One of the bright spots in the day was that Dr. B encouraged us to go. He wanted to be in Little Rock to oversee my next treatment and he was going to be in Russia next week. So, he was happy for us both to enjoy our trips and get busy fighting at the end of Sept. He is putting me on oral Thalidimide ~ 400mg ~ and Dex during the trip to begin the fight and try to help me with pain.

While this is certainly disappointing news, we have learned that everything can be turned into a blessing. So, that's part of the new plan, to start looking for ways to be a blessing even in the midst of tough times.

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." James 1: 2-4

We will start posting more often, especially in a couple weeks when treatments begin. Until then know that we appreciate all the prayers and hugs that have come our way.

May God continue to bless,

Frank

'Having cancer is a lot like a plane flying through a storm.
Once you're aboard, tightening the seat belt and praying is all you can do!'

5 comments:

David Morris said...

Love y'all. Hang in there.

Anonymous said...

Your family is a blessing daily to all those you surround. We love you. - Kristy & Lute

Anonymous said...

We're still not giving up! Our God is an Awesome God...and you are an awesome person, Mr. Frank. An inspiration for us all! :) You & your family. Know that we are here in any way any time for all of you. Have a great time in Europe! We'll miss you & keep you in our prayers. Much love, Colleen, Brad, Cole & McKennah

Anonymous said...

You and your dear family are such a blessing to all you come in touch with. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to know your thoughts and where you are because it lets us know specifically how to pray! I know you all will have a wonderful time on the cruise (I guess it beats Lake Ferguson or Lake Washington, huh?). Know that we are all standing in the gap for you! We love you! Lou, Allen, Jim & Jane Howell

robin davis said...

Have an awesome trip!! God bless you bunches!