A lot has happened since I last wrote. I thought I was going to be in Houston right now helping my dad recover from his surgery that was supposed to happen on [4/1/13]. Or so we thought.
Last Wednesday [3/27/13], we got the news that my dad's cancer marker has jumped too much for surgery. His cancer has spread, and at this point, he will undergo chemo at home in Arkansas to try to maintain it. This is not the news TEAM TRAYLOR wanted to hear. At all. We have been on such a high, and felt so confident going into the appointment last Wednesday with Dr. Wolff that the news would be positive. It's been a tough week for all of us, but in these past few days, I have seen a different side of my dad that I haven't seen in months! It's like a weight has been lifted off of his shoulders.
My dad did not want the whipple surgery. It was not a guarantee. It was 8+ hours on the operating table. It was cutting him clear across his abdomen. It was reconstructing his veins. It was a long recovery process, if he ever even fully recovered. So many unknowns, and they all scared him to his core.
I believe God has a plan. And He knew my dad did not want the surgery. I believe it is God's plan to have my dad accept this chemo treatment and live his life for as long has he continues to fight. I have heard so many stories of people who have lived many years after given this diagnosis. Their will to live is greater than any cancer tumor that may be lurking in their body. I believe this is my dad.
Since the news, he has been acting more like his old self. He has more energy, he wants to hang out with people and be a part of the conversation. I just believe we are going to be a success story. He is going to beat the odds and this chemo will do its job in keeping the cancer from spreading any more.
If you don't believe...if you don't have hope...if you don't trust in the Lord above...then what else do you have?
We are still TEAM TRAYLOR! We are still FIGHTING! We are still STRONG!
He will begin chemo at the start of next week. Please pray that his body reacts well and this will be something he will be able to tolerate. They will head back to Houston around Memorial Day to rescan and see if the cancer is responding.
Your thoughts and prayers lift us up so much.
This scripture was at the bottom of an email that was shared with me today, and I would like to share it with you.
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness." Lam 3:22-23.