Waiting is hard. Not knowing is hard. Only knowing a little bit is hard.
Today we went to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and met Dr. Edward Lin. He knows.
He specializes not just in gastroenterology oncology. He specializes in COLON CANCER.
And, because of that, I believe, he is more optimistic than the doctor who pronounces that you have stage 4 cancer. And, more optimistic than the surgeon who can't operate because you have stage 4 colon cancer. Because Dr. Lin knows all about colon cancer.
He treats patients from all over the US and even patients from overseas. People come from far away to be treated by him. And, thankfully, we live just up the road.
And, while we haven't officially "signed up" with him, we are 99.9% sure we will. We have an appointment scheduled tomorrow to meet the doctor in Bellingham. It will be good to meet him and to at least have an oncology contact in Bellingham should there ever be an emergency that would prevent us from getting to Seattle.
But, Harv and I both feel that it's RIGHT to receive our care from Dr. Lin.
There was something about him -- not just his words -- that exuded HOPE. And, that sits pretty well with me. I like hope.
He said that the plan is to take the "incurable" disease and convert it into remission. And at some point, it may be determined that surgery is needed or we may just continue with a maintenance chemo. Though I can't recall his exact words, he told us that he has treated more than a few (but perhaps not thousands☺) of patients with Harvey's exact symptoms and that there are A NUMBER of them who are "10 years out or more."
Now, doesn't that sound pretty?! TEN YEARS is prettier than [sad face] "stage 4 colon cancer/the odds aren't good."
And, so...we have a schedule to return to SCCA on Tuesday and begin this journey.
The day will begin with blood work, chemotherapy education, a tour of the facility and then we'll top the day off with about 3 hours of chemo. (Weeeeeee-haaaaaaaaaaaaw!)
Then, we will return every three weeks. And, every three months, we will have an assessment -- which will include CT scans, blood work, etc. -- to see how things are going .
It is nice to have a plan. It's nice to talk to a doctor who gives us hope. Seriously... I love HOPE.
Thank you for your prayers.
We love you.