Friday, April 01, 2005


Cancer free!

Well, we have some fantastic news to report: According to the scan she had yesterday, the neuroradiologist, and the oncologist, Maggie’s tumor is now completely gone. There is no further trace of her tumor.

In meeting with the oncologist today, he said that if they don’t see any recurrence by the end of this year, then the chances of it recurring again are very slim. We talked about following the radiation up with chemo just to be sure; but he felt like the negatives far outweighed the benefits in this case, especially considering the amount of radiation she received and how poorly she handled chemo.

When I gave Maggie the news yesterday, she gave me the biggest and tightest hug. Her face was radiant and just full of joy.

So, where does Maggie go from here? She’s still having seizures and those have to be addressed. We meet with the brain surgeon on Monday to address her scan and the seizure issue. The next step will probably be a more extensive MRI that will isolate the exact area of the seizures. This type of MRI is brand new technology, it wasn’t available to us last year. After isolating the seizures, we’ll then talk about options: additional medicine and / or additional surgery. Its’ likely that if surgery happens, it would involve either removing some damaged brain tissue or removing the entire right temporal lobe of her brain. However, it probably won’t happen until sometime next year.

I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that we are taking this wonderful news lightly. Its’ the best news that Maggie has received in close to two years. But Maggie’s case has been complicated from the beginning, and there have been many misdiagnoses. That said, we have no choice but to live as though she is now cancer free and we have to continue to do so until proven otherwise. To not do that is to live in fear, and our Father has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

Maggie has a long road of recovery ahead of her. She’s regressed to about a 1st grade level intellectually. She knows it and it really hurts her. She meets with therapists almost every day of the week.

Please pray that our entire family will live in joy and not fear, and that God would grant our hearts and lives peace.

Rob Bushway
There is great strength through love and I can tell your family is very strong. Peace to you, your family, and to Maggie.

I was excited to read the news about Maggie. My prayers continue to be with your family. I continue to read your site as I move towards purchasing a TPC.

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