Well, starting with my title. One of my favorite sayings that I often heard on my mission in Bolivia. Translated it means, "Little by little one can walk a long ways." I feel like I have walked a long way. Hopefully this cancer journey is nearing it's completion soon with a happy ending.
Yesterday was another doctors visit for me. They took out all of my stitches and the staples in my head. The incision on my scalp went all the way from my right ear almost to my left ear. Honestly, I don't even want to know what they had peeled off while I was sleeping.
It feels good to have the staples gone. They were annoying. They are still nervous about my leg. It was such a wide incision. I know that the flap on my face is over 3 inches wide in one place. That means that the incision on my leg had to be that wide. That's kind of freaky too. They covered my leg with a ton of steri-strips after the stitches came out and told me to be careful about walking too much. They don't want it to open and neither do I.
We talked with Dr. Marx for a few minutes. He is the nicest guy. He is quite famous among oral surgeons but you would never know it by talking to him. He is just really down to earth and unpretentious. He got us a copy of the pathology report done by University of Miami. We still haven't seen the report from Baylor. Anyway, the report goes site by site sampled. Many of them had no cancer. Of those that did have cancer most showed 50-60% of the cancer cells were dead. That is good. Both Dr. Marx and the microvascular surgeon, Dr. Tunsin, encouraged us to get back to Houston soon and have more T-cell therapy. In their words, "We have given you a beautiful blood supply to that area to help the T-cells get access and we have removed nearly all the cancer. Now if ever is the time to hit it." I think that they feel that we need to act before the tumor has a chance to re-grow. Needless to say, we feel the same way.
In the meantime, every day is a gift. I am grateful for every one.