Quote for October

A Prayer for the Ephesians Eph. 3:14-21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's Still Gone!


I want to be clear about what happened to my tumors.

They were there for a biopsy in Dec. 2007 and 2 surgeries in 2008.

They were there after my June 27, 2008 surgery. At first, I had no symptoms of carcinoid, but 2 months after surgery the symptoms came back. I am sure they were carcinoid symptoms because I had the same symptoms in 2008 before and after the endoscopic surgery . Since the symptoms came back, I had the resection of the small intestine on June 27.

By October 2008 my lab tests for Chromogranin A started going up like they were climbing a mountain. They reached 254. Before my resection the value was only 160. In December 2008 I began taking Octreotide. Octreotide reduced the symptoms and made the cancer markers go down to 20-85 over the next few years.

So, why are my tumors gone? I asked Dr. Edward Wolin, "What did we do, drown the tumors in Octreotide?" He believes the resection removed all the tumor. He did not seem to see my Cg A levels in 2008. My oncologist at UC Irvine Medical Center told me that carcinoid can sometimes go into remission.

I know there was a tumor there. I know it is gone. I believe God healed me. He has healed me twice before, and for 6 years He was besieged with prayers for my healing, not so much from me, but from my loved ones. So He healed me again. Amen.