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Main | Chemo Infusion This Morning »
Thursday
Dec192013

Good News Today

At 7:00am this morning (yawn) Sandy and I were at Swedish for my follow up MRI. This MRI was to gauge the effectiveness of the chemo treatment that began about five weeks ago.

After the scan, at 9:00am, we met with my oncologist. He came in the room with a big smile on his face and told us he was "tickled" with the images. Tickled isn't a word he normally uses but it certainly meant good news.

After about ten minutes of checking on how I was doing overall, he took us to a familiar room where he reviewed the images with us. We could all see that the tumor swelling on the top of my brain stem was gone. We could also see that the 'contrast' they put in my veins to help highlight blood flow showed significant blood flow reduction to the tumor site. This is exactly what they hoped the specific chemo agent would do. More good news. (By reducing blood flow to the tumor you potentially kill the tumor.)

After reviewing the images we returned to the previous room to go over my blood work (labs). One of the normal results of the chemo is that platelets drop significantly. This is important because this has to do with clotting. I have to be very careful not to cut myself because the cut would have a problem clotting.

To make a long story very short, I have blood draws a least once a week to keep a close eye on how I'm doing. My platelet count has dropped from 153,000 to around 37,000 and once it reaches around 30,000 they usually infuse the patient with platelets. Having said that I need to bring up the one issue that they're watching very closely.

The MRI shows an area around the tumor that is slightly, very slightly, bleeding. Did I say slightly? This, of course, is a potential problem, but for right now it is not troubling my doctor. Because of this they will scale back the amount of chemo a bit and then take another MRI scan on February 13th. (If this were a bigger issue they would be doing scans every week.) To be clear, there is a difference between cutting blood flow to the tumor and slight bleeding.

So, please continue to pray for this ever so slight bleed to quit. Also pray that my platelet count will even out. All my other counts are rock steady.

Thank you so much for praying for my family and me. As you can imagine, every MRI scan has the family wondering what it will show, and today was a very good day. But please continue to pray for their peace as they trust in God for each day and each outcome.  :)

And, you can certainly pray for me. Today they allowed me to listen to Christmas music while I was in the 'tube' and it was delightful. In case you're wondering my MRI's last about 40 minutes. I've had so many I know all the techs and they know me. We're one big family up there at Swedish!

God bless you all and have a very merry Christmas!

 

Reader Comments (4)

God has given you and your whole family a beautiful Christmas gift. A gift for the legions of fans you have in faraway countries - and your fans aplenty in the North West. Dad and I are so very happy for you. Love you, Mom

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMom

What wonderful news! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lord. Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord. Did I say thank you, Lord? I am so grateful for your blessings to us.

December 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat and Charlie

Hello Chris

This is regarding the page on Jesus Christ: http://pastorchris.squarespace.com/who-is-jesus-christ/ Your Contact Form is not functional & that's the reason I posted it here.

You never mentioned what Islam says about Jesus Christ.

Read the below paragraphs & if possible include it on the page about Jesus Christ if you are not fearful of Islam or what the Quran teaches and I will really appreciate it. Face the truth because denying truth is a mere act of cowardice.

Muslims believe that Jesus peace be upon him according to the Holy Quran is a wonderful, humble, generous messenger of God who came down and revealed God's words to his people, the people of Israel. Muslims do not believe that Jesus is God, nor they believe that God ever chose to come down to earth in a form of a man to die for our sins to purify us and forgive us.

According to Islam, Jesus never died on the cross, nor ever wanted to die on the cross, nor ever was born to die on the cross. Muslims believe that Jesus was sentenced to death, and people thought that he got executed on the cross. The Holy Quran rejects this idea, and claims that it is a false one. Jesus never died on the cross, nor he ever died for anyone's sins. Let us look at what the Holy Quran (The Muslims Holy Scripture) says about this issue:

Holy Quran verse 4:156-159 "That they rejected Faith; That they uttered against Mary A grave false charge; That they (Jews) said (in boast): 'We killed Christ Jesus The son of Mary, The Messenger of Allah.' But they killed him not, Nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them. But the resemblance of Jesus was put over another man. And they killed that man (the man who was changed to resemble Jesus Christ, according to the Quran). And those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjunction to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, Allah raised him up Unto Himself; and Allah Is Exalted in Power, Wise. And there is none of the people of the book (Jews and Christians) But must believe in him (Jesus) Before his death; And on the Day of Judgment He (Jesus) will be a witness Against them." The false charge against Mary was that she was unchaste. Such a charge is bad enough to make against any woman, but to make it against Mary, the mother of Jesus, was to bring into redicule Allah's power itself. Islam is specially strong in guarding the reputation of women. Slanderers of women are bound to bring four witnesses in support of their accusation, and if they fail to produce four witnesses, they are be flogged with eighty stripes and debarred forever from being competent witnesses.

Islam denies the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Muslims believe that God rescued Jesus from the schemes of the unbelievers and raised Christ to heaven. The general Islamic view is that someone else was crucified in Jesus' place, with most Muslims believing that Judas Iscariot was the one whom the unbelievers killed.

According to this majority view of modern Islamic scholarship Judas was made to look like Jesus on the night when Christ was to be crucified. The unbelieving Jews thought that they had crucified Christ when in reality it was Judas that they had killed.

Thanks

August 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNissim Kazaam

Hello Chris

This is regarding the page on Jesus Christ: http://pastorchris.squarespace.com/who-is-jesus-christ/ Your Contact Form is not functional & that's the reason I posted it here.

You never mentioned what Islam says about Jesus Christ.

Read the below paragraphs & if possible include it on the page about Jesus Christ if you are not fearful of Islam or what the Quran teaches and I will really appreciate it. Face the truth because denying truth is a mere act of cowardice.

Muslims believe that Jesus peace be upon him according to the Holy Quran is a wonderful, humble, generous messenger of God who came down and revealed God's words to his people, the people of Israel. Muslims do not believe that Jesus is God, nor they believe that God ever chose to come down to earth in a form of a man to die for our sins to purify us and forgive us.

According to Islam, Jesus never died on the cross, nor ever wanted to die on the cross, nor ever was born to die on the cross. Muslims believe that Jesus was sentenced to death, and people thought that he got executed on the cross. The Holy Quran rejects this idea, and claims that it is a false one. Jesus never died on the cross, nor he ever died for anyone's sins. Let us look at what the Holy Quran (The Muslims Holy Scripture) says about this issue:

Holy Quran verse 4:156-159 "That they rejected Faith; That they uttered against Mary A grave false charge; That they (Jews) said (in boast): 'We killed Christ Jesus The son of Mary, The Messenger of Allah.' But they killed him not, Nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them. But the resemblance of Jesus was put over another man. And they killed that man (the man who was changed to resemble Jesus Christ, according to the Quran). And those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjunction to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, Allah raised him up Unto Himself; and Allah Is Exalted in Power, Wise. And there is none of the people of the book (Jews and Christians) But must believe in him (Jesus) Before his death; And on the Day of Judgment He (Jesus) will be a witness Against them." The false charge against Mary was that she was unchaste. Such a charge is bad enough to make against any woman, but to make it against Mary, the mother of Jesus, was to bring into redicule Allah's power itself. Islam is specially strong in guarding the reputation of women. Slanderers of women are bound to bring four witnesses in support of their accusation, and if they fail to produce four witnesses, they are be flogged with eighty stripes and debarred forever from being competent witnesses.

Islam denies the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Muslims believe that God rescued Jesus from the schemes of the unbelievers and raised Christ to heaven. The general Islamic view is that someone else was crucified in Jesus' place, with most Muslims believing that Judas Iscariot was the one whom the unbelievers killed.

According to this majority view of modern Islamic scholarship Judas was made to look like Jesus on the night when Christ was to be crucified. The unbelieving Jews thought that they had crucified Christ when in reality it was Judas that they had killed.

Thanks

August 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNissim Kazaam

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