I have been needing and wanting to update this week…so much has happened and, frankly, I haven’t had the time or energy to write. I hope to soon. For now, below is an update my sister sent out to a few people on Thursday. It was a momentous day.
“It’s been a big day. Thank you so much for praying about the kids’ visit. It was a precious time, and a joy to everyone. What a gift. Dr. Windsor came this morning to say he had heard last night from MDA that they have no results. They had multiple people working on it but to no avail. They were going to do a few more stains but didn’t anticipate arriving at any answers. This news wasn’t a surprise, but it finally ruled out treatment at MDA. Dr Windsor gave them more details about his “half-court shot at the buzzer” plan for chemo which could start tomorrow (Friday). He also answered questions about hospice. After the kids’ visit, Sarah went home with them, but was going to head back early to the hospital this evening for them to decide whether to pursue the last-ditch-effort, broad-spectrum treatment, or hospice. But. That has changed.Our dear friend Ben and Father Michael and Chris’s parents were at the hospital with Chris this afternoon. They had just shared communion together when Dr Windsor came in to tell him HE GOT A DIAGNOSIS FROM MDA! Chris called Sarah in tears with the news. At this point we’re not sure about details. But it is a diagnosis, an extremely rare low-grade sarcoma, with a targeted treatment. This is by no means a guarantee of anything. But it is absolutely the most hopeful news they could possibly receive today. Tonight they are celebrating. Praise the Lord!!! Please keep begging for a miraculous turn-around. Lord, let this be the start of a great reversal.”
The cancer Chris has is Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma. It’s extremely rare–there have only been a few hundred reported cases worldwide over the last 30 years. Chris started his first chemo treatment yesterday.
Lord, we are all in your hands.