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Cindy Lu

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Gamma Knife

Terri, Jessica, Levi and I visited the radiologist for a lengthy orientation. It was so informative. But before I get ahead of myself, best give you some update on how all this came about.

Before Thanksgiving I began to have gut aches (fullness, early satiety, and cramping). Long story a little short, labs were run and a CT-scan performed. Lab was elevated to 42 (normal range <30). CT-scan showed several nodes in my abdomen, with four in my lungs, and a lymph node in the lower right that was suspect. The size of them did not warrant alarm in and of themselves.

Along with the stomach stuff, I started having some weird things happen. First I noticed that my right foot dragged a little (I started tripping on the stairs – thankfully I have my cat-like reflexes and never fell). Then driving – ARRR – I kept hitting the curb whenever I turned right, which progressed to running over the curb. Parking was another issue. I have always taken pride in my typing and texting skills. Got to the point I had to hunt and peck a simple sentence. Lastly, writing was affected. I would have to concentrate on each letter. By the time I completed two to three words, my print was so small I could not make it out.

During my follow up with the oncologist, I explained all this. One cause could have been a new medication for neuropathy. The oncologist had to rule-out something neurological so she ordered an MRI. MRI showed the cancer metastases to the left-side of my brain. There are three lesions, the largest about one inch.

I will have radiation via Gamma Knife, January 19. If you get a chance to look into it – it is so cool. It is a same day procedure – I will be home in the evening. Hopefully, this will be it. The radiologist made mention that this may be the only cancer I have and the problems I am having with the stomach, are due to neurological. Prayerfully, I will make a full recovery.

As far as cancer monitoring, I will have a repeat lab and CT-scan in a few weeks. We will take it from there. So may end up doing one more course of chemotherapy. I will have repeat MRIs every three months for the rest of my life. After the Gamma Knife, the goal is lesions: remain same, get smaller, or gone.

God continually shows me – He is the Sovereign and I am not. My nature is one of a control freak, so to continually surrender this to Him, takes continued surrender.

Prayer request:
Gamma Knife - Thursday, January 19. I would be able to handle the discomfort of the frame placement – it is like putting a vice-grip on my skull. That this will be the only form of cancer I have and my next lab and CT-scan with will back to normal. Future MRI will be within normal limits.