1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Today is a day of rejoicing.
Today is a day of remembering God's faithfulness to us.
Today is a day of praising Him recklessly.
He has been so very, very gracious to us this day.
This morning we met with Dr. Eden, the oncologist who oversaw Ryan's radiation treatment. He was smiling ear to ear as he entered the small examination room, which immediately buoyed our hopes! He told us that the report from the PET scan read that Ryan's cancer has considerably shrunk/disappeared. Nodal disease? Appears to be gone. Small lesions that covered the liver? Gone. All that remains are: two. tiny. tumors. About the size of one quarter, each.
This afternoon we will meet with our primary oncologist, Dr. Sheelvanth. Dr. Sheelvanth has been directing Ryan's treatment plan from the very beginning. There are a few options that we discussed in April that will be on the table:
- Continue with systemic treatment (i.e. more chemo)
- A chemoembolization (injecting chemo directly into the tumors)
- Radiation spheres (more localized radiation to the two that are left)
- Surgery (long shot)
- Transplant? (our desire, obviously, but still probably not on the table yet)
We will update later when we know more. Until then, we are going to dance, sing, celebrate - and we invite you to do the same! Our God has so richly blessed ALL of us. :)