Thursday, December 07, 2006

Several Updates

I realized it's been quite a while since I've given updates on several prayer requests for family and friends.

My uncle, Gregg Hammargren, received an excellent report at his last appointment at MD Anderson. Thanks to the experimental drug Gleevic, the tumors in my uncle's abdomen have continued to shrink, and according to the doctors, the results are nothing short of miraculous. Surgery to remove the tumor has been delayed at least another two months to allow the Gleevic to continue to shrink the mass. The good news is that when the tumor is finally removed, Gregg will lose very little of his stomach. At this point, the attachment site is only about the size of a fifty-cent piece. The attachment to the liver is a bit more serious, but the doctors are hoping the extra time on Gleevic will allow them to perform total removal in one surgery rather than several. Please continue to pray for the Hammargren family as there is still a long road to recovery ahead.

My voice teacher's husband, Justin Tull, has received an excellent report from his doctors. After having several months of severe muscle pain and a brief stay in the hospital, the initial prognosis was quite grim. However, with extensive testing, his doctors were able to rule out bone cancer and have since come to discover the source of his extreme pain and fatigue is Lipitor. Having been off Lipitor for about a month, his symptoms have begun to subside and he is on the mend. Apparently, in some patients, Lipitor can cause serious life-threatening side effects. Thankfully, Justin did not wait too long and he is expected to make a full recovery. He is now on alternative medications for his cholesterol and is having great success with them and no side effects. Continue to pray for a full recovery.

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