Greetings everyone. We’re in the middle of the “Golden Week” holidays hereÂ in Japan. A nice break from the daily routine.
We’ve been waiting for some confirmation, but now I have some good news toÂ share, actually remarkable news! Kathleen is doing excellent. Since startingÂ the new regimen based on Avastin about six weeks ago, her tumor number (CA125Â in blood) has dropped at least by half. In addition, since the chemo drugsÂ she is taking with the Avastin are not as strong as in the past, she isÂ feeling very, very good. Some neuropathy remains (extreme numbness in herÂ lower legs and feet), but her energy level is excellent. Just a few monthsÂ ago she was only able to get out of bed and sit in a chair or lie on theÂ couch most days. Now, she is coming and going, taking the kids to dentalÂ appointments, cleaning out closets, having parties at our house, gettingÂ annoyed at me Â . . . all the normal things that many of us take forÂ granted! Honestly, I haven’t seen her this energetic for at least two years.Â It is truly a miracle.
We have enough money put aside, mainly from your wonderful donations, for aÂ few more rounds of Avastin. The doctors are very encouraged about her quickÂ progress and are indicating that they want her to keep taking the drugs forÂ a while. We’re not sure how that is going to happen, but don’t need to makeÂ that decision at this time. At the moment, we are just rejoicing at thisÂ rather incredible turn in her health. Our Lord is good and he definitelyÂ answers prayer. It’s a pleasure to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
Thank you again for your non-stop support in giving, prayer, and messages.Â What a battle it has been! Our friends and family have been wonderful toÂ stick with us through thick and thin. We can’t say it enough, thank you!
I’ll do my best to keep you updated.
–photo taken on Easter 2012