We met with Dr Hammack this morning to see the results of the scan. It is very bad news. The tumor is growing in the spinal fluid on the back and sides of my spine. It's not inside the spinal cord yet which is good. It is inside the vertebrae, causing pressure against the cord. It more or less runs from the very top down to the middle of my back. I'm waiting now to get a CT scan of my chest, pelvis, and abdomen. Then tonight I have another MRI, this time of my head and lower back. She suspects it may also be present lower down my back.
Late afternoon we meet with Dr Link, the neurosurgeon. They would like to get a sample they can biopsy so we would know what type of tumor it is for sure. We don't know when this will be yet but she thought soon.
The extent of the tumor is such that surgery will not be able to get rid of it, with the exception of maybe taking pressure off the worst areas. The most probable plan would be radiation followed by chemo.
I'm on a narcotic pain killer now which thankfully allowed me to sleep some last night.
She called this a serious setback. It seems hard to really believe what we are hearing. But once again it's both amazing and encouraging to feel everyone's prayers today. We know you will continue to pray for us and appreciate it so much.
Our children are in Eureka with the Stollers, and Mom Sauder came up with us. Dad Sauder is on his way. We are so loved and surrounded by care and prayers. Thanks be to God.
Derek & Leann