The news is in…
and it’s good…oh so good.
They ran the test on the CA19-9 marker and confirmed what they couldn’t believe. An overall reduction of approximately 96%!!! As far as the exact number Travis is at this week…we’ll have to wait to get that from Kaiser back in Atlanta. But what Travis and Carrie do know is that the tone of the appointment was different. How they were received by the physician and staff….was different. Instead of a sense of hopelessness. Pity. Sadness. They looked at him…
The doctor and physician assistant were, in a word, amazed. The same person who said, just two months ago, “less than two years” actually applauded Travis as she entered the room. Applauded in amazement.
In the physician’s words, less than ten percent of Cholangiocarcinoma patients see a reduction in their cancer from treatment. Less than ten percent. Their objective, usually, is just trying to “buy time”. It’s a terrible thing. A terrible thing to write. A terrible thing to think. A terrible thing to live.
But that is not Travis’ story. Not only is he among the “less than ten percent” but a shrinkage like his…in the amount of time he has had treatment…amazing!
For the first time Travis and Carrie got to see his two CT scans. Side by side.
They were floored.
To see the cancer in one scan. In so many places. Eaten up. And then to see it in the new scan. To visually see where it had been…and now it is gone.
The prayers they requested yesterday were all answered…in the way they would have chosen for them to be answered! It doesn’t always work out that way. We don’t always get the answer we want. But when God gives us that answer. When He does it…despite the odds.