Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Cromwell's on the run

This afternoon we had a great meeting with Dr. Evers. He had the reports on the CT scan and the bone scan I had yesterday. Here is the good news:

  • No additional cancer.
  • The tumor is smaller - not just smaller than when I went into the hospital, but smaller than when they first saw it on October 28.
  • Dr. Evers described the reports as "encouraging" and "very welcome."
  • My blood numbers are good enough.
  • I'm healthy and strong enough to move on to the next step.
  • I'll have another endoscopy this week (NO NEEDLE BIOPSY!) for surgery planning.
  • I'll meet with the surgeon, Dr. Parker, also, we hope, this week. He should be able to give us a date for surgery, likely during the week of February 21, and tell us whether he can do an endoscopic resection.

I'm relieved, encouraged, jubilant and eager for the next step.

Today is the feast of St. Brigit of Ireland. It will be an especially holy day to me from now on.


Blogger Christopher said...


That's wonderful, wonderful news.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Jyothi said...

Hurrah! Congratulations on the good news today. What a philosopher poet you are! What an inspiration too!

6:10 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Oh, Jim, this is fantastic news! This has made my day.

We'll raise a glass for you this evening, and continue to pray that you will thoroughly crush Cromwell and his wicked roundheads.

6:46 PM  
Blogger jtucker3 said...

Great news Jim!


7:04 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Dear Jim,

St Brigit of Ireland is also very special to me too! Considering that I grew up in that parish, and I am getting married there next year, I've always believed that she always had something special about her. Now I know it's true!

Jim, this is wonderful news. This is very positive, and we are elated and relieved for you guys!

Jenn, John, FiFi

8:53 PM  
Blogger CJ Fillmore said...

My dinner guests have finally left! I've been anxiously waiting to get on the computer all evening to find out today's news! I am so happy for you and your family that it is great news. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers so much for the last three days. Thanks, God.

CJ Fillmore

9:14 PM  
Blogger UisceBaGirl said...

At this time of year where the ancient people looked anxiously for signs that the sun was returning with its life-giving warmth, it is a welcome omen that you have had such terrific news. I am so glad for the good news, in a way that words are just inadequate to express. Continue to grow stronger with the lengthening days -- and beyond.

10:55 PM  
Blogger vkenny said...

Hi Jimmy, Congratulations! This is the best possible outcome we have all been praying for. Miracles do happen when you believe & trust in God. We will continue with our prayers for you until we know you are completely healed. Keep fighting the good fight!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Tom Wolf said...

Fabulous!!! If it weren't a school night I'd celebrate by bringing over Bill Murray's "Ground Hog Day" (one of my favorites) and watching it with you. It's the ultimate "do over" movie.

Love, Tom

P.S.: Dale’s nightly prayer for God to “bless Jim Guy and make him well” always ends with “because he’s awesome!” I agree.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Pat_N said...

What great news and how appropriate on the Feast of St. Brigit. Did you know she was born in Connacht {To hell or Connacht as Cromwell boasted}? Here are some of her miracles that involve sick friends, food, and beer:

On a visit to a sick friend, St. Brigit while ministering to them reached down and picked up two pieces of straw from the floor of the cottage. As she prayed for healing she wove a simple square-braided cross and hung it in the rafters over the bed. Soon after the friend recovered and the whole household was protected from disease. This simple cross design is now often duplicated and called St. Brigit's cross.

St. Brigit, like many other saints, was celebrated for visions, and miracles. Tales are told of her ability to make the amounts of foods multiply without end. Once as a young girl at her father's house she was fixing five pieces of bacon for an important visitor when a hungry dog came to the smell of the cooking bacon. Feeling sorry for the animal, St. Brigit gave it one of the pieces. This of course did not satisfy the poor beast's hunger and so she fed it another. When her father came to check on her progress and saw her feeding the dog he asked her if she had finished preparing the meal. St. Brigit had him count the number of pieces of bacon and they found the original number still cooking (Lady Gregory, The Coole Edition, p15).

A tale is told of her being able to make beer that was so plentiful at Easter time that one measure of it was enough for seventeen churches.

Another story is told of her filling butter dishes up with a small portion of butter she had churned until there remained no more vessels and still the small churning remained. At another time she received the Seven Bishops to her house but had nothing to feed them with. She prayed for help since she felt sorry she could not offer such visitors some sort of food. Angels appeared to her telling her to milk her cows for the third time that day. When she did so, she filled all of the milk pails and more that were brought to her and they overflowed so much that the Lake of Milk was made from the extra. (Lady Gregory, p16)

Besides feeding multitudes like her beloved Saviour, St. Brigit healed those sick that were brought to her as she could. When a leper came to ask her to pray for a cow for him, she asked if he wouldn't rather be healed. No sooner did St. Brigit pray to God than the leper was healed. She was also credited with weaving the first cloth in Ireland with white threads that could heal.

St. Brigit has many miracles. I continue to pray to Fr McGivney for another miracle in your healing. I'll wait for your full recovery to submit the paperwork for the miracle to bring him to full Sainthood.

God Bless
Pat Naughton

10:12 PM  
Blogger CJ Fillmore said...

I know I posted already, but that was 2 days ago! I'm still so excited for you and the family. This must be a particularly wonderful and wild Thursday night at the pub--I wish I could be there. I'll have to be satisfied with the details from UB Girl (Pamela). I hope you and Judy are able to go out and enjoy yourselves immensely surrounded by friends.

Can't stop grinning,

10:31 PM  

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