Wednesday, November 3, 2010


"There is no measurable disease to be found in Nick." said Dr. Gouw. "The radiologist and I are stunned." This is what we heard after Nick's ct, mri and chest xray were done this morning. This news changes everything, to say the least, in a very good way. Dr. Gouw is off to an international conference in Paris - he'll be gone the rest of this week and next. Dr. Andtabacka is gone until next week. In-between, the doctors will try to determine a couple of things:

1. Will Nick still have the "shake & bake" chemo treatment? Probably, just won't be the 10 hour, open the entire abdomen, stay in hospital for 2 weeks surgery - but a much less invasive version where they will wash out the abdomen through small incisions.
2. When will this surgery take place? Nick will still have the laproscopy on Nov 15th. Dr. A will coordinate with Dr. Lambert at UMass to get all the ducks in order for our meeting on Nov 10th. Anticipate still going week of 15th.

We are still in shock with the good news. I cried most of the way home making Nick very uncomfortable, mainly because I tried to remind him to give thanks to the Big Guy upstairs, for it is because of Him, "all things are possible". He said it reminded him of the time I threw his hat at him one Sunday morning and yelled, "Get your ass out of bed - you are going to church and be grateful for God and all those that have prayed for you!!" He went. I've got some personal work to do, I see that...

We are still very cautious as Nick said "I've been told this before..." I think we are pretty good at this roller coaster ride and quietly rejoice with the good news and reject despair with the bad news. Whatever, today is a great day!

Thank you all for the prayers, thoughts, encouragement, meals, humor, patience, guidance, advice, ears and love. More news to follow one week from today.

With love,
Lori and Nick


Anonymous said...

God is truly GREAT! I will continue my prayers for healing, with a double dose of Thanks. Wonderful news, made me cry as well.

Lorin Decker Buck said...

This is stunning news, Lori. I can only imagine the relief you feel. What a wonderful way to begin the holidays.


Chris Ulvin said...

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is full of His glory. Isaiah 6:3

Nick, the Hebrew language didn't have words for better degrees - such as good, better, best - so they would just repeat the word to express what they meant. Today's news is the BEST (Good, Good, Good). I give God praise and thanks for a third miracle in you.
Love, aunt Chris

Anonymous said...

Words can't express the joy! You are truly my Miracle Man friend. It's time for fun... There's a lot to be said for positive thought and determination. As always I surround you in love, light, healing and good times! YIPPEE GM Jennie

Anonymous said...

I'm speechless!!(which rarely happens) Attitude & prayer make a powerful combination! You are a true testament to that. Praise the powers that be. It will surely be a wonderful, thankful holiday season filled with joy. Amazing, simply amazing! Do I dare say miracle? You are some special guy. Love you, Nick GM-Denise

Anonymous said...

AWESOME news! Haven't seen you guys in years & years but I've been praying for you over the last few... Will keep doing so! Hope everything goes well in the next few months.

Obsessedwithlife said...

That's amazing! Keeping you in my prayers that it stays this way!

Jay Paterson said...

Holy Smokes!
Nick, You really know how to pull a Hallowe'en trick.
First you scare the livin' snot out of us all.
And then you give us this great treat!
I second what everyone else has written.
Now Quick,
What are all of the things you'ld love to do, but are never supposed to do?
Time to start!
On your Mark,
Get Set!
Hey, where the hell did that Skinny Kid Go????

Lotsa Luv
Jay and Family.

Chris Ulvin said...

Good Morning Nick,
I'm off to church today. I can relate to your mom throwing your hat and saying "come to church". I used tears with my family. Either method is futile as I know now it is God who brings us to the cross. For me, God used the death of my parents and the miracle of my brother to bring me to Him. Judging by all the postiings on this site, God is using you to bring family and friends to Him.
Dear Lord, I ask for another and another miracle in Nick. May the Holy Spirit guide my prayers, my words, and everyone's medical decisions so that they are pleasing to You and a blessing to Nick. Amen.
Love, aunt Chris

Proverbs 4:7 "The beginning of wisdom is this; Get wisdom, and whatever else you get, get insight". Nick, do not lose heart and thank you for the wisdom and insight you have given to me. And to countless others that God knows of. Bless you dear Nick.