A Little Celebration!

Last night, Margaret and I went to her favorite French restaurant in Denver, Bistro Vendome, to celebrate Thursday’s doctors’ appointments and reports. As you know, we have not had much cause for celebration over the past few months, so we were not going to miss this one!

The thyroid concern is a thing of the past. Hallelujah! The doctor said she took half of it, but the pathology report suggests that she will not need to take the other half. This will or should benefit Margaret’s overall physical condition – in particular, her energy level and her bones, since the cancer was found on her bones. One of her para-thyroid glands (Who knew of those?) was also taken out, because the doc suspected it was the source of trouble. [Using my language, she simply said that gland was “bad.” I said “I understand what ‘bad’ means morally, but what does it mean medically?”]

Of interest to Wellshire folks, on the way in to see the endocrinologist, we bumped into Wellshire associate pastor, Katie Robb Davis, and her husband with Coulter who was there to get his six-month check-up! You may remember he was born on the same day and in the same hospital at roughly the same time as Margaret’s double mastectomy. A clear sign of God’s presence and providence …

She also saw her oncologist yesterday who pledged to schedule another PET scan before Megan’s wedding, so that – prayerfully, hopefully – Margaret can gleefully breeze through the wedding weekend (It’s more like a wedding “movement.”), knowing that she has no evidence of (active) disease and is in remission – that’s the stated goal for the summer. Prayer warriors? Put that on your list.

Of note, both the endocrinologist and the oncologist – and their aides – were all absolutely incredulous at how quickly she bounced back from surgery last week. The surgeon said that she didn’t think she had seen anyone doing so well just a week out. She even declared, “Wow! You’ve even got your divot back!” We don’t have any idea what “a divot” is, but we assume it has something to do with the throat and is good news. So last night we clinked glasses and cheered the return of her divot.

Margaret now moves on to radiation. She was outfitted this week and tattooed. She will do a trial run next week, and, if all goes well, she will being six weeks of daily radiation on any remaining cancer.

That’s all for now!

Thank you for your interest, concern, prayers, and affection. We love you all!

9 thoughts on “A Little Celebration!

  1. Margaret – Since I have had two bouts of cancer (lymphoma) I have had two month long radiation treatments. Both Times I have stayed in Birmingham in a motel since the treatments were every weekday morning – and took about 5 minutes! Only the first time did I have any nausea and I suspect it was because the tumors were just outside my pancreas and near enough to my stomach to cause a little upset. Once I started taking the anti-nausea meds everything was great. I even enjoyed exploring Birmingham while I was there. Maybe a little tired was the only thing that happened. Hope the same for you! Eleanor Hardegree

  2. Margaret, so happy for your very good news. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I think of you every time I’m at the main office.

    Alice Goble
    Manager of ReStore Volunteer Programs and Marketing
    [ReStore Email Graphic]

  3. Wonderful news! We’ve been hoping for a positive email. We, too, will clink our glasses in celebration. Blessing to you, and our prayers continue for future positive results.

    Sue and Ken

  4. John,
    What great news! Our prayers are with you and Margaret and your girls for continuing good news, as God blesses you all.
    Betty May & Jim Ballengee

  5. Taylor and I are also toasting your divot!!! Cheers and love to all of you!

    Jean Simonton

    Sent from my iPad


  6. Anticipating more and continued encouraging news . . . lifting you in prayer daily to our God . . . and holding you close to my heart during these next six weeks of radiation. Suellen

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