Monday, January 3, 2011


Alright. I have more information. I'll start at the doctors office this morning.
We went to the doctors office wishing hoping and praying that everything would turn up clean. It was not the case. The doctor informed us that the tumor in Drew's abdomen that was originally 6cm is now 5.2cm. Not a huge decrease after all that chemo. Then he proceeded to tell us that there are 2 new nodules in his lungs. We were crushed. How could after all that time and chemo with all the tumor markers dropping to almost nothing could we have not gained more ground and then to see 2 new spots on the scan. It is not fair. The doctor wasn't sure what the next step should be so he decided to call the doctor that we had met with at the beginning of all of this- Dr. Foster in Indiana. He said that we should go home and he would give us a call after he had gotten hold of him and see what he thought would be the best plan of attack- either chemo or surgery.

Many hours and tears later- the doctor called us with an update. He said that he had talked with Dr. Foster and he believes that surgery is the way to go. He is also very concerned with the nodules in the lungs. He hasn't ever really seen someone have the cancer spread while in chemo. He believes that either the nodules are cancer and they were there before the chemo started and they were missed on the original CT scan or they may be something entirely different. He wants to be able to go in and take a look around and take the entire tumor out of his abdomen to be able to biopsy the entire thing so we know for SURE what we are looking at. It is a pretty intensive surgery so we are apprehensive about the recovery time but know that this is what needs to be done to get the cancer out. Both offices are working together to schedule surgery and when we will be able to get down there. They are hoping either this week or next. We are hoping as soon as possible.

It was a day of overwhelming emotions. We are exhausted.
I will update again as soon as we know anything more or find out the surgery time.


  1. We are praying, praying....I am a friend of your sister Lindsey....
    For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do NOT fear; I WILL help you. Is. 41:13


  2. Thanks for the update. Praying for peace to fill your hearts with this devastating news.

  3. Praying for Peace for you today. Lean on GOD HE is the only one that can offer you that kind of peace.
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Prov 3:5,6

    Darcy Logan
    (a friend of Lindsey)

  4. praying for strength and peace for you both.. keep on fighting drew, you can beat this! love you.

  5. Drew and Jamie--Praying, Praying Praying for you guys. I am so so sorry you guys are going through this. Praying our God of peace overwhelms you both, and for healing. Wholeheartedly lifting you both up tonight. -Megan DeVries (Kapenga)

  6. praying for you!!!

  7. Mom and Dad DurhamJanuary 3, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Drew and Jamie - we love you both so much! How I wish we could give you both hugs and kisses now or take some of the weight off your shoulders. You have a multitude of believers praying right now for healing, strength and peace. We believe God will be guiding Dr. Foster in Drew's primary care now. It could very well be that the lung nodules are from pulmonary scarring from the bleomycin which we have read about online. We are especially praying for wisdom for Dr. Foster's team as you get ready to go back to Indiana.

  8. Jamie and Drew - I'm sorry to hear your news, but I also know that we have a gracious God and he has a plan, even though we don't always understand. I am praying for you guys, because I know prayer is a powerful thing.

    Tina Vork

  9. Drewby, we love you so very much, both you and Jamie will be in our thoughts and prayers. xoxox

  10. Am continuing to pray for the ultimate success and healing in this situation, thanks for the update. Kemper

  11. Praying for peace and calmness for both of you, wisdom for the Doctors as they make decisions and that God guides their hands as they perform the surgery. Just know that many people are holding you up in prayer that you don't even know! (A friend of Dave's).