Monthly Archives: November 2013

Grateful For Twenty-Two Months

While our nation pauses to remember the assassination of John F. Kennedy, in our little Schaffer world, today marks the twenty-two month anniversary of Gorman’s diagnosis. That Sunday afternoon in January, 2012,is forever etched in my mind when Gorman couldn’t stand up or keep his balance and I took him to the emergency room.

Recently I was on the internet trying to research a clinical trial and I read that the average survival time for a glioblastoma patient is 14 1/2 months. This is why I don’t look at the internet; I always end up reading facts that I’d rather not know. My first thought was, “Oh my gosh, we are really living on borrowed time” but then I began to think that this information was really no surprise; it just takes me aback to see it in print. Here’s the reality: our dear Lord has given us almost two years of blessings. Gorman has mostly felt good and we have been able to travel, see our children, visit with friends and, on a lot of days, act like normal folks. Hovering nearby is always the fear and dread of the cancer returning but God continues to give us strength, courage and resilience and so many praying friends and for all of this, we are grateful.

Gormn and I are really looking forward to Thanksgiving. On Monday we are flying to Palm Springs, CA, where we’ll meet Charlie, Kathleen and precious little Ryland and spend five days with them. At Thanksgiving I’m especially happy that Charlie and Kathleen are both professional chefs and that Gorman loves to cook. That means I can spend all my time playing with Ryland.

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!

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Good News!

After a very, very long day I ended up calling our oncologist, Mike Meshad, at 5:30 to see if he had a report on Gorman’s MRI. He had no report but said he would check on it in the morning. Gorman and I just looked at each other and said, “Well, another faith-building opportunity tonight”. Five minutes later Mike called me back and said he got into the hospital computers and found the radiologist’s report that had not yet been sent to him. The report said there has been no change since the last MRI, totally clear.

Thank you, dear God, thank you, thank you, thank you………

Home Again

Gorman’s shoulder and neck are much better. He’s been a very good patient and has done the assigned exercises everyday, even while we were traveling. I think he’ll continue seeing the Physical Therapist another four weeks or so and he should be well. I only wish there was a Physical Therapist for cancer.

Highlands was great, of course. The leaves were beautiful and the weather mostly chilly and sunny and we enjoyed the fireplace every night. It’s nice to be home again but we miss Highlands.

The MRI is this Wednesday at 9:00. Hopefully we’ll get the results that day. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding….”