Jars of Clay

The tumours have continued to grow and it’s unclear if the last three rounds of chemo did anything.

We are pretty deflated about it. Not the news we’d been praying about. At this point we aren’t angry or frustrated, just sad. We are also comforted by God’s Word in Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth:

“But we have this treasure [the promise of the gospel] in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”

There is one last treatment aimed at curing Markus, albeit with even less chance of success. Markus is inclined to move forward with it and keep fighting. We are going to support him for sure. It would be three more rounds of a different chemo, with the option to scan after each round to see if it’s working. The thing is, it has to shrink the tumours, not just stop them from growing before they will think about radiating the lungs.

They are also looking at doing a biopsy on one of the tumours in the lungs. The purpose would be to identify the genetic strain which might help in figuring out a more specific chemo drug. If this is possible it would happen before chemo started again. We have another meeting with the doctors tomorrow to finalize things.

Thank you for your prayers.