Dear friends and family,
Gabrielle here. This morning I had my CAT scan and instead of having to wait until tomorrow to get the news, Steve was able to get the results from the hospital today.
I am overjoyed to report that my scan was ALL clear...with NO evidence of metastatic disease!!! We are giving thanks and praise to God in the Dudley household today, not only for His healing work in my life through this course of chemotherapy but also, for all of you who have stood by us with prayers, love, and kindnesses. Thank you SO much!
We still have a little ways to go. We need my segs (part of white cells) to go up from the 400s to around 1,000 in order for me to get chemo Friday, which my chemo nurse today said might be "iffy." I have to finish three more chemos to complete my treatment phase. It would also be great if my CA125 came down a little by the end of chemo, maybe from 18 to below 15. So these are some specific things you could pray for this week for me.
It is very difficult for a "social butterfly" like me to be in "seclusion!" Opening my calendar for the week and seeing NOTHING fun, only medical appointments, is a bit of a bummer. But I am doing my very best to not get sick or catch any germs of any kind from anyone...especially from Steve. His cold is getting better, but is not all the way gone yet, so I'm keeping my distance (much to his chagrin). I guess that's another prayer request!
I also wanted to share that I had a very encouraging e-mail this weekend from a woman whom I have not yet met, but will meet soon, who is a 30-year survivor of ovarian cancer. Her e-mail lifted my spirits (as I worried about what my CAT scan would show) and gave me hope. I look forward to the day that I will be healthy and strong and can give back encouragement and hope to others facing cancer or any similar hardship, just as it says in this verse I love: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." (2 Cor. 1:3-4)
My heart is rejoicing today...please rejoice with me! :-)
P.S. Thanks to my dearest ones, Steve, Renee, and Daniel, for my awesome Mother's Day, complete with chocolate chip pancakes, a walk, lots of flowers and a toaster (what Mother's Day is complete without a new appliance?!), and two "edge of your seat" episodes of Grey's Anatomy! And thanks to my college friend in California, Janet, who bought us gourmet pizza for dinner!