He is Risen!
5 A.M. here in Namibia. Time to leave for the sunrise service.
Over the last weeks it has been difficult not knowing if I had some kind
of cancer or what kind of cancer it was. It has been a relief in some
ways to finally know what we are dealing with. Dr. David Shafer, a
friend and internal medicine MD, who works at the University of Texas
Health Care Center in Tyler called last night and agrees that it does
look like Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia (WM) and not Multiple Myeloma
because of the high IgM levels, one of the most significant indicators
in WM. If it is, it is much better than Multiple Myeloma. WM is a slow
acting form of cancer which affects the amount of plasma cells my body
produces. It makes too many plasma cells and thickens my blood which can
cause all sorts of symptoms none of which I presently have. It could be
that even untreated I will not have symptoms for many years. While
serious and presently incurable it is treatable.
Sometime after April 18 Suzanne and I will be going to Capetown to see
one of the leading Hematologists, Prof. Jacobs. at University of
Capetown. He has a great amount of clinical experience in his field. We
will know more about what to expect and what kind of treatment might be
good now or later after meeting with him. So pray for wisdom on his
part. Before we begin any treatment we will get second and even third
opinions. Having our son, Christian MD, PhD, who is working as a resident at one
of the Harvard Medical School hospitals in Boston, Women and Brighams,
where the Dana Farber Cancer research center is, is a tremendous
resource to get the very best advice before we begin any treatment.
It is good that we found out that I have this extremely rare condition
very early so we can keep a watch on it and deal with it before I get
sick from it. I am attaching some info on WM if you want to know more.