Before I go any further – remission is not our news – but it’s okay, really!
We are so thankful for the many who have continually prayed for us (especially for Linda) and the many who have inquired into our journey over the past few weeks. We told many of you that Linda would be taking a number of tests following her period in the hospital. As a result, a number of you have asked how those tests went. We were praying that her stem cell transplant would be effective and that all signs of cancer would be gone as a result. We have good news, some bad, and some great!
We’ll start with the good news. The blood work came back and looked very good. Her bone marrow test came back and the numbers were very low. We wanted low. So then, we are very thankful. For the most part, the cancer in her body was pushed back. She is feeling well and she has quite a bit of hair growing on her head. Give her another month or so and you may see her without a wig or hat!
One of the problems was that they took the test on the side of her radiation and probably should have taken the test on the other side. As a result the test were somewhat inconclusive. As well, there is a test that is part of her blood work called “m spike.” When she went in last October it was at 3.37 which apparently is pretty high. It is now at 0.12. For her to be in remission, it would have had to be at 0. So then, she is not technically in remission, but is doing very well presently and much better than she was a year ago. For that we are thankful.
With that said, we have come to realize that remission isn’t quite as exciting as I would have initially thought. They told us upfront that Multiple Myeloma was not presently curable, so being in remission would mean that at the moment there are no results that would indicate the presence of cancer. That could change at any time. Of course, we desire remission, but even if she were to be in remission at some point, that would not mean her cancer wouldn’t come back in the near or distant future.
Romans 3:24-25 Justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his bood, to be received by faith, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.
I don’t flippantly or trivially connect the remission of cancer to the remission of my sins. As I considered the disappointment that came as we came to realize that Linda is not in remission, it struck me how profoundly grateful I am that my sins have been put in remission. That remission is of much greater and long lasting value.