We have held on to that word, "Potentially Curable."
Melvine wasn't sure she wanted to go through chemotherapy. She said, "I have lived a long and good life. I am ready to go if this is God's Will." I wasn't sure she would agree to and yield herself to a long process of chemotherapy. Greg was outspoken. He told his mother, "I don't want you to die. If chemotherapy can bring healing and health I want you to submit to it."
I did a lot of listening and didn't want to be overbearing or adamant. I wanted Melvine to have the freedom to choose what she felt God wanted her to do. Finally, she asked me what I thought. I told her that I wanted her to live, and if she wants to live then chemotherapy is an option to consider. Somehow in the process Melvine said she would try it. If he was not working, she could stop any time. On the other hand, the chemotherapy may kill the ovarian cancer in every organ, cell, and tissue in her abdomen and body.
An x-ray was taken of her chest including her lungs. There was no sign of an cancer there. The doctors felt that this cancer had not spread to other parts of her body. They said that Melvine has a window of opportunity to fight and defeat this cancer.
We believe it was a kairos moment, or a divine moment, when it all came together at a crucial point in the life and Melvine to take action. She submitted to chemotherapy.
Two weeks ago now we met with Dr. Jane Huang, oncologist, who reported on the CAT Scan which we were eager to hear. Here is the good news:
1. When Dr. Huang reported that at the first CAT Scan Melvine's Blood Marker was 982.
2. This Tuesday, Melvine had a second CAT Scan and it showed her Blood Marker was 54.
What a drastic and marvelous drop in numbers. Jeanette Herndon Phillips, a retired high school math teacher, immediately calculated that it was a drop of 100 for each of the previous chemo-therapies before today.
To be normal the Blood Marker has to be 35 or less. We are on our way to normalcy. PTL! Hallelujah. We lift our hands and hearts in praise to God for His favor and divine healing for Melvine. Nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God.
Melvine went to bed around 9 p. m. on New Year's Eve. I have stayed up to see the New Year come in. This is the first time, I believe, that Melvine did not stay up for the new year to come in.
I continue to take care of Melvine. Greg has been a great help during this holiday season. I am changing the dressing on the wound under the right ear of Melvine. I soak a gauze in a mixture of White Distilled Vinegar with warm water and apply it to the wound for 15 minutes. Then, I put on a new gauze with an ample spreading of Polysporin medication, and apply cloth tape to the bandage and a small of the tape to her skin.
Thus far, the wound is healing, it has not crusting or oozing. I am doing my best, and I give Melvine all of her medications, and take her vital signs twice a day.
We give thanks to God for His love, presence, joy, and peace in the midst of the illness Melvine is momentarily experiencing. We are believing for victory over this ovarian cancer and the cancer on her nose. We look to Jesus the Great Physician and Healer, Redeemer, Savior and Lord. We give Him all the honor, praise, and thanksgiving for what He has done and continues to do.
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