So my blog has been pretty quiet lately. There have been a lot of things going on in my life and I really haven’t made much time to take advantage of this outlet. Recently I have had a lot of people concerned for my family and for those of you that have asked or wanted more details, I thought this would be the best venue for it. I won’t promise to post regular updates, but I will try.
Several weeks ago Rachel was nearing the end of her employment with her job and had decided to make an appointment with the eye doctor to basically “use the benefit she had”. At the check-up the doctor noticed something unusual and had originally thought they discovered a detached retina. She was asked to immediately go to the specialist across town and after several tests, he discovered that it was not a detached retina, but a mass on her eye.
Later that week (while celebrating our anniversary and her ending her employment) we had several tests ran and met with many doctors. At a second visit to the eye specialist, Rachel was diagnosed with ocular melanoma – in other words, cancer on the eye. We have discovered that the tumor is quite large (for its kind) and finding that there are not many options of treatment to really eliminate the tumor. There are a few that might work – some type of radiation beam, plaque therapy (where a gold plate with radioactive material is inserted behind her eye for a localized radiation treatment) or total eye removal. Because this form of cancer is quite rare and fatal, the doctors are also very concerned that it may have spread.
Those that we have spoken with have said that the tests we have initially had are not 100% clear if the cancer has spread or not. Because it is near the nerve and the walls of the eye socket – there is still a strong chance that it has microscopically spread to the rest of her body. There is also a chance that even after the tumor or eye has been removed the cancer can still spread. So regardless of the treatment, Rachel will have to go for continued PET scans to catch anything going forward.
We will be traveling to St. Louis this week to have an expert in the field look at her eye and determine what kind of treatment we will need to proceed with. Needless to say- this has been quite overwhelming for us. This has challenged my faith in some areas, but it is also challenging me seek God in greater ways.
We definitely covet your prayers during this time, and we will keep you updated as best as we can. We are blessed to have good friends and thank you to those that have expressed concern and have already begun to pray.
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