Thursday, November 3, 2016

Scan News

Hi, guys. So we have an update on my scans from last week. The news isn't perfect, but it's not worse case scenario either. The radiologist who read the scans reported 3 new nodules on each lung. The nodules are so small that Boston is calling the scans inconclusive. It's possible the nodules are inflammation, but at this point they are too small to biopsy so we can't yet know for sure. 

They want us to wait 3 months to rescan unless I start having symptoms (persistent cough, nausea, pain, etc..) which would mean we would get rescanned immediately. When we talked to Dr. Sullivan yesterday morning, he was very optimistic. My blood work looks great, the nodules are tiny, and I feel well! He couldn't promise it wasn't cancer, but he did say that most of the nodules were not classically formed, meaning they weren't all solid/tumor like. He said things look good, and unless I start having symptoms, we should assume the best. 

Of course, we wish the scans were completely clear, and we didn't have to wait three months to know more. But. We have played this waiting game before, and we have the benefit of experience. It is just another opportunity to trust God, to remember His faithfulness towards us, and to keep living life knowing that there is not a person, circumstance or disease that can thwart God's will for my life. 

We have been thinking about and praying about this news and what it could mean since we heard the preliminary report last Friday. And though it was hard, hard news to process, we were reminded of all God has done for us since I was first diagnosed. So many answered prayers, so much grace for the journey. He has sustained us all through this journey. 

There will be some hard days ahead, no doubt. Waiting on news like this is not easy, but I have a track record of the goodness and faithfulness of God to fall back on in the moments of fear and uncertainty. Our God is trustworthy, and he is faithful, and above all, He is good. 

So that's where I am standing. By His grace I can rely on Him for the strength to live without fear of the unknown. I will rely on Him to give me everything I need in this waiting period. 

Please keep us in your prayers - that at the next rescan, my lungs would be all clear, and that I would remain healthy and symptom free in the meantime. Thank you so much for your love and support. I am so grateful for all you have done to love and support us!

Psalm 27:
I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.


  1. Keeping you in my prayers!πŸ™πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ’–Jenny Sherman

  2. Oh, dear heart, Mere...Have been crying out to heaven on your behalf since the scans came back, "Not clear." Asking God to clear out every single errant cell and fill your whole body with His healing. Praying Isaiah 58:6-14, Psalm 71:20-21, and 1 Corinthians 15:56-58. James 5:16 ~ Prayer is powerful because the Abba Father, Jesus Lord, and Holy Spirit Friend are powerful and full of tender mercies.

  3. Can you friend me on Face Book so I can keep up with you there???