Hello, my name is Dan. Sorry I have not been around lately. There are a number of reasons for my absence.
Before I share why I have not been posting as much here is an update on where I stand health wise. Today was my six week oncologist appointment. We reviewed blood work and the results from a scan. My CEA is still within normal range, 1.8! This is fantastic news. You may remember when I first started treatment that it was over 120. My scan results were “unremarkable”. If you talked about most any other area of my life as “unremarkable” I would probably take offense. This is one area where I am willing to let anyone speak of me as “unremarkable.” I was in and out of the Doctor’s room in less than ten minutes. Leaving the room he said, “Boring, simple and routine, these are the kind of appointments you want to have.” There was a smile on his face, very different than the look he shared when we first met. Our plan is to do blood work every six weeks and a scan every three months.
Nancy and I continue to be humbled and amazed at the blessing of time God has given us. We spent a week away, just the two of us, for the first time in a very long while. It was good to just be together. All the pictures here are from our week away. We planned events strategically to make the most of my limited energy but other than that we rarely thought or talked about my illness. Lest you think we simply abandoned Rayann at home, she was off in Roatan with Live Again Ministries serving the people of Roatan. I am hopeful that one day I will be able to return to Roatan, maybe next summer.
Update complete. So why have we not been plagued by notices of your posts for the past few months? As with much in life it is not a simple question to answer.