Most of you already know that I went in for a quick visit with my oncologist’s Physician Assistant on Oct. 10th and had blood work. When it came back almost a week later, my CEA for tumor markers was above ‘high normal for non smokers’. This has happened a few times in 9 years, when I’ve been sick or was getting sick. I was very concerned but I had a very bad sinus infection and the inside of my nose was swollen almost shut and red and inflamed. I took two weeks of antibiotics and had a steroid shot. I still wasn’t completely over the sinus thing, but had scheduled another CEA for November 3rd.
I usually don’t get the results for a good bit of time but was feeling anxious and had been notified that the doctor had my test results so I sent a message to his office and asked for the results to be released. In just 3 weeks, my tumor marker had gone UP 1.5 points. 3.9 is high normal for non smokers and mine was now 5.8! The only time prior to this that my markers have been 4.3 or 4.4 was when I had pneumonia or the liver met. When the liver met was found, my CEA was 6.5 and then 8.4 on the day of my liver resection. Those changes took SIX MONTHS, not 3 weeks.
I found this out yesterday morning and will see my oncologist tomorrow, November 8th, 2017. I am very concerned over the big jump in three weeks. I’m horrified that after all these years, when he used the term ‘likely cured’ six months ago, that I might have cancer growing somewhere in my body. CEA can begin to change five to 8 months before cancer is large enough to be found on scans. An elevated CEA or a rising trend would/ will be torture to me.
I’ll ask for another CEA and see if I can push for one every 2 weeks. I’ve already asked for a CT scan and MRI as soon as possible. I’ve also asked for blood work to check for under active thyroid because I’m having a lot of those symptoms. I believe he’ll refuse to do that, but I don’t have a primary doctor. There are so few left and I’d want one in the Wellstar system where all my surgeries have been done. It took us 6 months to get Jim in with a new primary that he knew from the VA. They cancelled the appointment and gave him one another month out. To be able to see him every six months, Jim sees him at 7:30 a.m. If you have a doctor you love and who isn’t hard to get in and see, please let me know! I seriously don’t want an office like Dr. Boss’ where people wait half the day for their appointment. I’d be blubbering on the floor after 30 minutes!
My heart is heavy. I’ve refused to cry. My family is trying to hide their panic.
I’m clinging to Bible verses and bringing to mind and ‘reminding God’ that I called for the Elders to anoint me with oil and pray over me almost 6 years ago, just before my liver resection.
Mark 16:17-18 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
This truly makes NO sense! It’s been 9 years next month since I was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer and Jan. 2009 was surgery and the start of 6 months of chemo. All was well until the liver met was found and removed in April 2012. I had 80% of my liver removed and no follow up chemo. Everything has been good for 5 1/2 years! The magic number! Five years and now this jump in my CEA.
I need prayers! I need prayers for God to ‘fix this’ according to His promises in scripture. I need prayers that I will not fear! I need prayers that I will not doubt God’s goodness, His healing of my body or His plan for my life. I need prayers that I can stop worrying about my husband and children and what might happen in their lives were I to die. The list goes on and on but if you listen to the Holy Spirit, He will whisper my fears and my prayer needs to you and our Father.
Pray for me and in agreement with me and others! Pray in power. Pray in FAITH. Pray for our LORD to increase my faith! Pray for me as I touch the hem of His garment in faith. Pray that my life will bring glory to our LORD and somehow help others who are in this cancer valley that never seems to end.
Thank you for your love, your prayers or even just your interest. Please, have a colonoscopy. Don’t be like me, too proud to have one done and then get cancer instead.
Romans 8:11 “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal (Natural, Earthly) bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
2 Corinthians 4:10-11 “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus (which was for our victory), that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”
Deuteronomy 11:21 (If a believer honors God and lives according to the Word, He says…) “That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.”
Deuteronomy 7:15 “And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you.”
Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.”
Psalm 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”
Jeremiah 30:17 “For I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your wounds, saith the Lord.”
Isaiah 53:4-5 “Surely He hath borne our griefs (Hebrew: sicknesses) and carried our sorrows (Hebrew: pains) yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and by His stripes we are healed.”
Jeremiah 33:6 “Behold, I will bring you health and cure, and I will cure you, and will reveal unto you the abundance of peace and truth.”
Matthew 18:19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on Earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.” NOTE – The prayer of agreement is powerful – have someone agree with you for your healing!
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Surely this includes healing!