Monday, November 26, 2007

SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION!

Significant reduction in ALL areas! Those are wonderful words. Those are the words we have been praying for. Those are the words we heard today. The tumor that was found first, and landed us into Children's, is GONE! Two much larger tumors in Tyler's pelvic area have been reduced by 20%-30%. The cancer in the bone marrow has reduced by about the same percentage. His spinal fluid remains completely clear of cancer. All of your thoughts, prayers, calls, and emails have meant so much to all of us.

The doctors caution us that there is still a very long road ahead of us, but admit this is very good news. Also, Tyler is handling the treatments very well. He does suffer from all the common side effects you have heard associated with Chemo (he has continued to be very brave through all the pain), but his vital signs and blood counts remain very strong.

As for Tyler, there is not a lot of time to celebrate. What all of this means is that the Chemo treatments now intensify greatly. As our Oncologist said, we have the cancer on the run, it is now time to bring out the big guns. The increased doses of Chemo began a couple of hours ago. Tyler will also receive his 4th spinal tap tomorrow morning. Those treatments will continue through Saturday, after which Tyler will be given a break and may be allowed to come home for a few days. After he recuperates, he is back in for another round.

The doctors do caution us that "no visible tumor" does not mean "cancer free". We are still in the early stages of treatment, and need to expect some set backs. All I know is that, for the first time since we arrived here, I can now start looking more than 24 hours into the future.

A week ago I started a conversation with a mother in the Nuclear Medicine waiting area. Her son Taylor, also 15, was in for his Chemo treatments. He also had a type of stage IV Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After only two months all his tumors were gone and he was receiving Chemo as an out patient once per month. Tyler received a get well email card from Taylor the very next morning. I remember praying that Tyler would be there soon, but all the news was going the other direction. Today, we can see that day before us. I think of the scripture that several have sent us, James 5:15, "And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up." I do not know how much is due to the doctors and medicine, and how much is due to prayer and faith. I do know I am very thankful we have all of them.

Tyler is in a lot of pain right now. And that will only increase over the next few days. The pain is due to the cancer dying, but that is little cancellation to the one suffering. I would give anything to trade places with him right now. Since I can not, I will continue to pray. I thank God for the news we received today.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! We will continue to pray harder than ever that this week will pass quickly for Tyler. Keep the faith.
Love,
Your cousin Debbie

Deron said...

Kyle...Glad to hear the great News! Please tell Tyler he has 2 tickets to a Buckeye basketball game in row 5 waiting for him just as soon as the doctors say go! Our church (St. Peter's) will be asking all to pray for Tyler this week at mass. Tell him we send our love.

Deron

JD said...

Kyle...excellent news! It's always great to see sunshine after rain.

Here's a little OSU trivia to help keep Tyler thinking...

Q: Which OSU backs played against each other in a Super Bowl and BOTH wore the same number?

Hugs from the Domiano's

The Rufs said...

Looks like you got the first down, Tyler! The fans are ecstatic and we'll continue to cheer you on as the doc's call the next play! Woohoo!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tyler
That is wonderful news.
I think you look pretty handsome with your new haircut. You are on our mind always and our prayers are with you. Keep up the positive attitude.

Love
Aunt Kim

Diane @ A Watered Garden said...

To Tyler and family, You don't know me but I have been praying for you and reading your updates. My sister has been sending me updates from Suzi Geisler. Today I am especially asking the Lord to give you peace and that Tyler would not feel so much pain. Even though we've lived in Texas the past 25 years... be assured that we are still die-hard BUCKEYE fans!!! (It's in our blood...born and raised BUCKS!) May I leave you with these verses?
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you...And the Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or be dismayed."
Deuteronomy 31: 6&8
"Father, thank you for Tyler and his family. Please go ahead of them and prepare a way in this difficult path they are currently walking. Surround them with your love and peace and cause them to draw closer to YOU! Amen"
Diane

Don said...

Fantastic news, Tyler! It was great seeing you Monday, although it'll be a far better day SOON when you're knocking on the door again looking for Adam!
And when you get your driver's license, I promise you can take that little silver sports car parked down the street for a nice, long spin -- with the roof down! (As long as it's not snowing!)
We send our love and best wishes.
Mr. D

Anonymous said...

We are thrilled with the news of your recent tests. Indeed prayers do mean a lot and there are many flying your way from West Virginia. Joe and I send our love.
Ruthie Ruf

Dan and Michaela Grandey & Family said...

We are so glad to hear about this positive change!! We are thinking about Tyler and your family constantly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong.