April 18, 2001. We started a roller coaster ride that would take us down, up and then down again. Five years ago, the "gastro-intestinal" specialist told us that the CT scan (results finally) looked like there were multiple tumors "all over". Needless to say, we were quite stunned.
This was a Wednesday night and we went to prayer meeting. One of the songs that we sang was "Because He Lives"
"Because He lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
All fear is gone
Because I know
He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives"
The doctor had refused to give us any kind of assurance of any kind of treatment or timeline - his specialty was liver, not cancer. So we really didn't know what tomorrow would hold.
On the 20th (five years ago today), the cancer specialist called us and said that he had seen the scan and he was not convinced that these were tumors. There was a possibility that the spots were lesions (scar tissue) from post-surgery swelling.
We were being handed hope.
We still didn't know what tomorrorw would hold, but we did have hope.
Another biospy was scheduled for the next day (April 21) and we would know the results the next day (one of the perks of having a cancer specialist rather than a liver specialist order the biopsy).