The Tumors Are Shrinking
This is very early word on my cat scan I that I received today. My tumors are getting smaller. The doctors will have to wait a few days for the “official report,” but they seemed very pleased. The other marker we look at is the CEA number. The normal number is between 1 and 2. When I was first diagnosed my CEA number was more than 1255 (yes, very bad.) Right now it’s around 136. This is all good news.
I can’t help but feel like all these prayers, well wishes and facebook posts are having an effect. I know it sounds corny, but when I am picked up by this storm of support, I can feel it healing me. People keep asking for a concrete way that they can help us. That brings us to some more good news.
The Ross family has FOUND A HOUSE! After a half of a year staying with Amy’s amazingly supportive parents, we have found a place we can move into that will give us the extra space and bathrooms that we need for medical reasons. My days needing exclusive access to a bathroom (we currently have only one for seven people) have been coming more frequently with the chemo. We have also been concerned about finding a house with a room that could eventually be used for hospice so that I am not parked in the middle of the living room for the kids to witness.
Amy had lunch with a dear friend and mentioned that we had worked out a budget with my social security payments and were ready to look for a house to rent. And just like that, God answered our prayers because our friend talked to someone she knew, and the perfect house in the right zone for the kids’ school, with extra bathrooms and a downstairs room that can be used for hospice, was out there waiting for us. So, for those of you that ask how you can help, here is the request. Our friends Jessica and Gary will re-launch our fundraiser HERE. These funds will be exclusively used to cover move-in fees (deposits, turning on utilities, etc.), a moving truck, along with some missing furniture and dishes we need to replace from our old house. We will also be happy to have moving help when the day comes (likely early May) since Amy won’t let me lift anything heavy or get too tired. Anything you can give or do will be greatly appreciated by the entire Ross family in making this transition a smooth one.
With Fierce Hope,
Jim and Amy
PS: Special thanks to all of you who have been sharing my latest posts on Facebook and twitter. It’s really helped this blog reach a massive readership. (almost 2000 subscribers in just a few months).
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