We got the results from Stephen’s PET and CT scans today. It wasn’t the news we wanted but like Stephen says – it is what it is.
He still has cancer in his chest that is growing. The next step will be an allogenic Stem Cell Transplant. This uses a donors stem cells rather than your own. The next few weeks will be spent doing some testing, getting a biopsy of the affected lymphnodes, checking siblings to see who is the best match etc. I’ll write more when I know more. In the meantime, thank you for your prayers and love. Here is a quick message Stephen wanted to send out:
Dear Friends and Family,
As you all know, I’ve been battling Hodgkin Lymphoma for the past year and a half. And after 9 months of Chemo and 2 stem-cell transplants I’m still alive! This weekend I had a PET/CT scan to see if my treatments have been successful. We went over the results of the scan today with my doctors. The results of the scan showed that the lymph nodes in my chest and neck area still have growing disease. This was definitely not the news that we wanted to hear. But it is what it is. And I’m still not giving up. “Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.” Thank you so much for all of your prayers and love for me and my family. The doctors are meeting with each other this week and we will soon know exactly what the new treatment plan will be.