Monthly Archives: December 2013

No News Is Good News

Since Gorman’s early November clear MRI, we have been traveling and enjoying life, with Avastin infusions every other week.

Recently we ran into the radiation oncologist who did Gorman’s radiation last year. He was so happy to see us and said Gorman was an “outlier”. Well, that sounded good to me but I looked up that word to be sure it meant what I thought it did. In statistics, it is an observation that is well outside the expected range or values in a study or experiment and which is often discarded from the data set. In other words, Gorman is their star patient, having survived longer than most people with this GBM diagnosis. So we are grateful for his two skilled neurosurgeons and for the location of the tumor, both initially and with the recurrence, such that surgery was possible. And we are grateful for all the doctors who have treated him. We are grateful for that clinical trial at UAB. We’ll probably never know if that trial drug helped him but like to think it did. More than anything else, we are thankful for all those who pray for him. I like to say that I hope our dear Lord is hearing Gorman’s name all day long so please keep those prayers coming!

My sister who lives in Florida was here last week and our younger son, Grady, arrived Sunday for a six-day visit. Gorman and I have another Christmas together so all is merry at the Schaffers’ home.

We wish you all a blessed Christmas.