The Schaffers Will Have A Very Merry Christmas

We have just returned from Birmingham, where we had a good, upbeat appointment at UAB.  Gorman didn’t have an eye exam or an MRI this time but it was a longer visit where they draw blood, do an EKG, then give him the trial drug, XL765, wait an hour and repeat the blood work and EKG to see how he has responded.  He’s doing fine and, in fact, his liver function is now in the normal range.  While waiting to see the doctor, I met a man with the same diagnosis as Gorman, glioblastoma.  This man had been in this same clinical trial, XL765, but said that his liver began to have problems and they had to drop him from the trial.  After that conversation, we were doubly happy that Gorman’s liver numbers are back to normal.

The folks at UAB don’t tell us much about this clinical trial and are very close-lipped about how things are going.  However, it was due to end this month but they are “rolling it over” to begin a new phase and Gorman will be in that so we assume that means they are having success.  We count it as a real blessing that he will continue getting this drug.  As we always say, one more layer of hope.  If I’ve already reported this, please forgive me.  I’m in a hurry and didn’t have time to go back and read my previous posts.

So we don’t return to UAB until January 23, when Gorman will get another MRI.  It will be nice to have a break from driving I-65.   Of course he takes the drug everyday and still takes the chemo pills, Temodar, five days each month.  That will happen the day after Christmas but he has so little in the way of side effects that we’re not anticipating any problems.

Today we are running around like crazy and packing because we leave tomorrow for California.  We will spend Christmas with Charlie, Kathleen and our precious little Ryland.  Also, Grady will fly out from Colorado to join us so we will have a wonderful Christmas.  I can’t help but think about 11 months ago, when I didn’t think Gorman would still be with us at Christmas.  Thanks be to you, dear God, for the best present I could ever have!


Posted on December 20, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Wonderful news! Wishing your family a wonderful Christmas.

  2. MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR SURE AT THE SCHAFFER PAD!!!! So so happy to get your good news. Ya’ll have the best Christmas ever and something tells me you will!!! God Bless and Much Love, MEL and Tommy ❤

  3. So happy to read the good news. Merry Christmas and much love to all the Schaffers! Love, Julie and John

  4. Beverly and Gorman,

    Great news! Hope you have an awesome Holiday! Enjoy your time with Grady, Charlie, Kathleen, and especially Ryland!

    As always, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  5. Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!!! Merry Christmas and have an awesome trip!!!

  6. Amen and alleluia!! Gayla

  7. Ralph B. Vance, Sr., M.D.

    Merry Christmas, you guys!
    Much love to you,
    The Vances

  8. Many, many blessings to all of you, this Christmas and beyond!
    Lisa Darnell

  9. Sally & Terry Breitung

    God bless you all and have a safe and wonderful Christmas. Our prayers will continue to be with you all. Merry Christmas!

    Sally & Terry

  10. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and many happy healthy and happy years to come. I thank God for all his blessings!

  11. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and continued blessings into 2013!

  12. Great to hear the good news!! What better place to be than surrounded by family–especially “grandson””!! Have a wonderful trip!! You continue to be in our prayers!!
    Ps. Mailed your card yestetday!! Will be there when you get home!! Merry Christmas!!
    Jimmy & Karen

  13. What wonderful news!! Wishing y’all a very Merry Christmas!!

  14. AMEN. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

  15. Our hearts are so happy for all of you!! You inspire us!! Wish we lived closer so we could give you two big hugs!! But we are with you in spirit! May you have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy being with your precious family…especially spoiling the little grandson!!
    Love you!
    Cheryl & J erry

  16. My Sunday school class (which has Gorman on the prayer list) has times for prayer requests and for joys. Last Sunday I reported Gorman’s recent great report during the “joy” time. Many of the class aked that I pass on their congratulations on the report. There is no better therapy than being with family at Christmas, so soak it up. Love to you both and thanks to our great God. Jim Z

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