Ellie and I have now returned home from Pittsburgh where I was fortunate to undergo a second Gamma Knife radiation treatment similar to the one I had back in November of last year.
The actual procedure was on Friday, May 1, the first official day of my “retirement.” When I was talking to the doctor, his comment was, “This is a heck of a way to start your retirement!” Actually, I thought it was a great way! I am so very thankful for the opportunity I have to be treated with such cutting edge, world class treatment. My doctors here in Atlanta first recommended that I seek out this doctor in Pittsburgh, and we’re grateful that things have worked out so well.
The procedure is considered brain surgery, but it is actually a highly specialized and focused radiation treatment. I arrive at the hospital early in the morning, and I’m fitted with a special head brace that keeps me immobile during the procedure. After the brace is on, a specialized MRI maps the tumors in my brain in preparation for the actual treatment.
On Friday, the MRI discovered 22 very small tumors… more than we were hoping for… but actually not a surprising number. I had the Gamma Knife surgery to “zap” all 22, and we were back at the hotel by 3:00 that afternoon.
I’ll return in three months for the doctor to assess the treatment, but we have every reason to believe that the procedure will be as successful as it was back in November. In the meantime, I will continue with my chemo treatments to keep my cancer under control.
I’m so thankful for your prayers, your notes, your cards, and your emails. I apologize that I am not able to respond to each one individually. Please know how much each individual expression of care and concern means to Ellie and me.
I also regret that my treatment schedule kept me from being with you in worship yesterday as you presented the first “Lane Alderman Scholarship” to Jermaine Ray, a very deserving young man. You honor me with the naming of the gift, but the real joy is in seeing the difference God is making in the lives of our neighbors through your faithfulness and generosity. For that I am very grateful.
So for now, I’m carrying on with my treatment, organizing my new “retired” life, catching up on some reading, and finding time to walk in the park. We’re looking forward to being with you on June 14 for a day of celebration!
Thanks so much for your ongoing prayers!