Hope for the New Year

Well, it seems 2020 had to get one last shot in, as I am ending the year with a bit of mixed messages.

On the down side, I have received word that the blood around my heart did show positive for cancer cells. I don’t have very many details on what that means exactly, other than it may impact the viability of surgery to remove the cancer. With the amazing response to treatment the hope was that I could have surgery take out the rest, but this has now thrown that into question.

I have a tentative appointment with a surgeon at UCLA next week, but awaiting insurance approval on that to get it officially scheduled. They’ll have a multi-disciplinarian team take a look at my case and see what makes the most sense. Until then we keep our hope.

On the positive side, I did my 5th treatment on Wednesday, and the blood markers they test for in my blood were way down again. In fact, those seem to show in the “normal” levels now. Here is the breakdown of 1st (Oct), 2nd (Nov), and 3rd (Dec) tests, followed by normal ranges.

CA 19-9 – 1538, 105, 23 (with normal ranges being 0-47)

CEA – 29.9, 6.7, 1.1 (with normal ranges being 0-3.7)

So I fall back on my mantra from 6 years ago now:

I believe…

I am strong…

I am ready…

And I will win!

The ready portion was added exactly for things like this. I am ready to handle the bumps, the changes to plans, and whatever else I need to be ready for to win this fight. Expectations will often come back to bite us, so instead we must be ready for change. We don’t get to pick our paths all the time, but our reaction to the path we must take is what means the most.

I am going into 2021 with the strength of Hope behind me, and will do all that I can to be ready for the path I must follow.

Thank you TEAMjeff for your amazing support and Happy New Year to all!

6 thoughts on “Hope for the New Year

  1. Happy New Year BFF! That is the best news about the blood marker levels! We believe. You are stronger than ever. You are more ready than ever. You will win. Prayers for a healing, healthy and happy 2021. Love you always. ❤️

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  2. You are truly a warrior, Jeff! Your arms are your strength, your belief, your positive attitude, and your readiness! Keep battling! You will win!
    Great news about the markers. And we pray that 2021 will continue to bring you such good news. Happy New Year and we love you so much,
    Pops ❤️🥰😍🤗😘😊❤️

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  3. Wonderful news that your blood work falls in the normal range after three months of chemo. It’s working! PTL! My layman’s interpretation of cancer cells in the blood around the heart is — your blood tests say you have a low number of cancer cells, so does your rating from around your heart. It’s logical that your blood matches no matter where it is in your body. End of theory! 🧐 Prayers continue. 🙏💕

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  4. Thanks for sending the update and for the wonderful news of the markers!!!! We are forever hopeful and finding the light at end of any tunnel we face!!!! ‘You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.’ Isaiah 26:3

    Ted and Lynn Bandaruk

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