Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Good News Bad News Roller Coaster Ride - by Joe

We are sitting in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance cafe as I write this.  We are both adjusting to both good news and bad news today.

Waiting for my ultrasound & biopsy procedures.
The good news is that the specialist Orthopedic Surgeon that handles bone cancer cases wants Heidi to stay fully active.  He has the most expertise in this area and told us that the new hip/femur tumors are not a danger for fracture at this point.  Not even worth doing radiation.  Hopefully Heidi's new chemotherapy will stop them completely at this stage.

The bad news is that in addition to my recurrent bladder cancer, my biopsy report just came back positive for Stage 2 prostate cancer.  Whatever treatment I get for it has to wait 8-10 weeks because of typical post-biopsy bleeding. 

Meanwhile, we have a long list of planned hikes/climbs for this year and will continue to worship God in high places as long as we can. And in the kayak, the garden, at church.. everywhere. God's Love is as present as ever in our lives. More, actually.

Thank you for caring!

Joe (& Heidi)
Waiting for in the SCCA cafe for Heidi's Oncologist


  1. Be well my friends.....enjoy the fresh air and relish the good moments. Peace

  2. You are right...what a roller coaster you two are on. Thankfully though at the bottom of each hill on that coaster comes the climb back to the top! Praying your climb back up comes quickly!

    1. Joe and Heidi, you are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story. My father has prostate cancer, and I've been trying to motivate him to do the things he loves, like hiking and fishing. But it's been hard to keep him motivated. I've been encouraging him to read blogs and sites like http://onlineceucredit.com/edu/social-work-ceus-can. I'll definitely be directing him to your site, as well!

    2. Ann, greet you father for me and let him know I'll be praying for him, sending positive thughts his way!
      - Joe

  3. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.~ Romans 12:12.