Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity, who heals ALL YOUR DISEASES,
who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with STEADFAST LOVE AND MERCY,
who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 (ESV)
My most recent CT (computed tomography) scan was this past Monday. We do one after every fourth chemotherapy treatment to see either what progress is occurring from a healing perspective or what progress the cancer is making.
My oncologist came in today smiling and said ‘I have good news and better news this morning.’ The good news … we continue to see shrinkage in the cancer nodules they are tracking on my lungs … we now have had nearly 18 months of no growth or shrinkage …
God is still healing my cancer … Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
The better news was that the scheduled chemotherapy would not occur today … my platelet counts were too low. So I have an extra unscheduled week off from chemotherapy.
As I have shared before, prior to each chemotherapy treatment, I give blood so they can do an analysis of my complete blood counts (CBCs) checking the red blood cell counts, white blood cell counts and platelet counts. While I’ll give a quick summary as to the why here is an article if you’re interested: The Effects of Chemotherapy on Bone Marrow.
Chemotherapy drugs are designed to attacks rapidly dividing cells … which makes it effective in fighting cancer. Unfortunately it can not distinguish between good rapidly dividing cells and bad rapidly dividing cells. Therefore the good rapidly dividing cells in bone marrow are attacked and as a result the blood cell production of bone marrow is suppressed. So the oncologist monitors the CBCs to make sure you do not receive a chemo treatment when your counts are already low … like my platelet counts were this morning. Apparently for platelet counts, according to my oncologist, extra time off chemo is the primary method of getting the platelet counts up … so I have an extra week off.
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; HEAL ME, O LORD, for MY BONES ARE TROUBLED. Psalms 6:2 (ESV)
Oh Lord, thank you for your loving care and healing touch!