Buying Some Time

One week ago today, we got Gorman’s pathology report which said what the surgeon removed was about half scar tissue and half tumor. We were devastated. We had so foolishly hoped it would be nothing but scar tissue. Even though “it” was removed during surgery, the fact that the tumor came back was very ominous and frightening. So we spent a few days crying and dragging around the house, not to mention lots of praying, and finally emerged from the black hole ready to keep fighting, knowing God would continue to walk with us every step of the way and give us courage and strength, which is how we’ve made it through the past 14 months.

Today we had appointments with Dr. Markert, neurosurgeon, and Dr. Nabors, our wonderful neuro-oncologist at UAB. We were anticipating the news that there was nothing left to be done and best of luck to us; however, there is a new plan. Gorman is no longer in the clinical trial as a recurrence eliminates him. He will no longer take Temodar. We have to wait a couple of weeks for him to finish healing from the surgery and then he will begin receiving Avastin, which is a biological therapy and not a chemotherapy. It will be given intravenously every two weeks and will be administered somewhere locally, not at UAB. He will still get an MRI at UAB every two months and if the Avastin is not working out, they can add two different chemotherapy drugs. There are no clinical trials at UAB right now that fit Gorman but Dr. Nabors has contacted MDAnderson to see if they have anything so we’ll see.

We like having a plan and are glad to know that we can buy some more time. I guess that’s all we’ve been doing from the beginning but it really feels like that now and we thank God for more time.

Posted on April 15, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Keep your positive attitudes and remember with God on your side ANYTHING is possible!!! We will be praying for ya’ll and trusting God will see you through this next plan of action!!! God Bless and MUCH LOVE!!! MEL and TOMMY

  2. I cannot adequately express how much I admire your honesty. Staying in reality and full of gratitude to God for every day and every blessing is the very best way any of us can live. Our love to you! Bob & Susan

  3. Ralph B. Vance, M.D., FACP

    Do not despair, guys. Have your doc also check with Duke medical center. Our prayers continue to be with you each and every day.
    Half of the resected area was, in fact, scar tissue. The meds must have done at least “a half-assed job” rather than not working at all.
    Our love you,
    The Vances

  4. your faith is such an inspiration to us all and we appreciate your sharing it with us. show us the way as God shows you. we will be there with you no matter what.

  5. B & G
    Not the news we hoped for but as you so well
    put it “God will walk with us ” – all of us.
    Your faith, courage and strength is awesome
    and contageous.
    Love ya
    Jim & Babs

  6. Mary Ann and Rod Pugh

    Thank you for the update, brings some measure of peace to those of us waiting back home. How brave you both are,
    your faith is so awesome and such an inspiration to the rest of us. God will see you through this and our prayers for will not stop. God is so good. love to both of you, Mary Ann and Rod.

  7. You both are such inspirations to all of us “Keeping up with Gorman”!!! We will redouble our prayer efforts starting right now, and will hope right along with you, for many, many more wonderful years together! I have reminded myself many times over the years that His strength is made perfect in my weakness.
    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
    Lisa and Tommy

  8. Sandy and Archie

    Prayers, prayers and more prayers–prayers of gratitude for the last 14 months and prayers asking for 14 more YEARS!
    We love you
    Sandy and Archie

  9. Gorman and Beverly – read your update and we’ll be praying as we travel to MD Anderson tomorrow….we’ll see a doctor Wed. WE pray that Gorman heals well from last week’s surgery and that the peace & strength will be there to begin this next journey. LOVE to you and blessings….
    Jann and George P.

  10. Thank you for the report. Our love and prayers are with you each day. If we can help, please let us know.


  11. Bummer!! Not what we wanted to hear!! So sorry you have been going through this anguish! BUT, half scar tissue is better news than no scar tissue!! Prayers are and will continue to be answered!! Coincidentally, last night’s message from JESUS CALLING
    was “Trust Me, and don’t be afraid.” (Isaiah 12:2). We continue to pray for God to hold you closer and lift your spirits! Take care!
    Jimmy & Karen

  12. We’re all praying for you. Keep the faith. Hibbett and Susan

  13. Gorman and Beverly, just want you to know that you are constantly in our prayers and thoughts. Keep up your strength and your faith. Ginny & George

  14. Robert & Betty

    there is a verse of scripture that comes to mind even in the most differcult of times “i can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Gorman, i know you have the faith and God will give you the strength and having Beverly in your corner, well, what a blessing. Our prayers will continue for you and thanks for keeping the troops informed.

  15. Dear Gorman: I pray to God everyday to give you and Beverly the strenght and conviction in your faith and God the belief that he has provided you a challange becasue he knows you will overcome it.

  16. Just want you to know we are praying for you every step. Your faithfulness will continue to carry you along and that in itself is a tremendous witness to all of us. God Bless

  17. Gorman & Beverly….You are strong in faith and love and are very positive people. You are also loved by so many people who are lifting you up in prayer, which is the best medicine! As my medical team at MD Anderson told me last year as I began my treatments…. forget about yesterday, don’t worry about tomorrow, just stay in the moment and live each day to the fullest. I believe in miracles and I believe you will overcome this because All Things Are Possible With God! We love you and are with you in prayer and spirit! ….Cheryl & Jerry

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