Saw Two Cancer Doctors Yesterday

Doctor with a stethoscope

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We met the remaining two cancer doctors yesterday, an oncologist and a radiation oncologist. Neither of them changed the prognosis or overall treatment plan, but both of them gave us new details of what the next 9 months might look like. The details are a bit sobering.

Cathy gets oriented to the radiation process and machines tomorrow and then on Monday begins the radiation and chemo treatments. The chemo will be in pill form and shouldn’t make her lose her hair, but the radiation won’t be so benign. Over the next five or six weeks Cathy will have a gradually building fatigue, radiation burns, and discomfort – if things go normally. If things go abnormally it will either be a walk in the park for six weeks or an immediate disaster requiring a change in treatments.

If Cathy is deficient in an enzyme called DPD, the chemo treatment will create an immediate disaster. She said she would appreciate all your specific prayers that she would not have this deficiency.

Each new batch of information we get takes a day or so to sink in, and then we move ahead with God’s peace. At no point have we been afraid or angry so far, something that is obviously God’s grace in our lives. Cathy would normally react to something like this with anger, and I would react with fear. Instead we have both had God’s peace, and we have no doubts it is because of people praying for us.

But at this point the next six weeks look challenging. We value your prayers!

9 thoughts on “Saw Two Cancer Doctors Yesterday

  1. Cathy, I am so sorry to hear about your cancer. One of the BSF leaders in my group is going through the treatment for breast cancer, and God has sustained her. We will pray that God will do the same for you.


    Bette and Gary

  2. My friends, God has promised to surround us, before and BEHIND! I am glad you have both seen God’s goodness and peace amidst this, the information stage! We are praying for you and love you.

  3. Cathy and Jerry,

    You are all in my prayers. I know how frightening major surgery is. I knew I couldn’t express my fears to my family and close friends. Please know that I am here if you need to talk or a ride to treatments.

  4. Cathy and Jerry,
    I’ll be praying for you hard. Cathy, I’m glad I got to talk with at CSU. Remember, God gives you strength when you need it and not a second before. He’ll give you and Jerry and the kids the strength to fight this.

  5. hey hertzlers…i just saw your post on facebook and came to your blog. i’m so sorry to hear the cancer news and will be praying for yall. this must be such a scary time.

  6. Cathy and Family –
    I am so sorry to hear about your cancer. You are all in my family’s constant prayers. We spent enough time together growing up for me to know that you are way to stubborn to every let this disease get the best of you! I love you and think about you often.

    Denise (Westhues) Loewenstein

  7. Dear Cathy,
    So sorry to hear about this diagnosis. Praying for God’s continued peace and strength as you go through these treatments. May God bring you complete healing and a renewed faith in His goodness.

    Gigi Metzgerr

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