The Oncology Visit

October 20, 2005

    ONCOLOGY

Definition: (on-KOL-o-gee) Oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with tumors, including study of their development, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. This includes most cancers. An oncologist (on-KOL-o-jist) is a doctor who specializes in oncology.

If anyone is like me, I had to go home and look up this word because it is not in my everyday vocabulary . . .but I know it soon will be.

Today I went with Mom to see Dr. Osgood, her Oncologist. He is located in the K.C. Cancer Treatment Center. I was comforted to see that everyone in the office was very kind, helpful and compassionate. . .especially Dr. Osgood. We have experienced, bad news, bad news and more bad news; but I felt this appointment was very positive!

Dr. Osgood examined Mom and encouraged her in that she is in pretty healthy shape even though she has this cancer. He encouraged her to keep going with the alternative medical things she is doing as well as the chemo. The chemo will be one that they have had good success with. It also doesn’t have all the terrible side effects that some have. The nausea they are usually able to control pretty well. Most people become tired and a little feeling of “flu” (achy joints and such) and most people do lose all their hair.

They do not focus on “timeframes” or prognosis there, simply put by Dr. Osgood “Because we just don’t know!” I loved the way they matter-of-factly created a lot of hope in each of us. I know that Mom still has to go through all this a step at a time, but it was so good to hear HOPE. There was a beautiful cross-stitched picture on the wall of the exam room of a little boy sitting on a beach looking out at the ocean. It said “One Day at a Time”. That really is exactly what this is all about.

Next Thursday will be her first round of chemo. She will go every 21 days for treatment and they will monitor her closely. Her sessions will last about 4 or so hours and is given intravenously. They will be putting a catheter type thing in her chest so that they will give the chemo that way instead of in her arm veins every time.

Please pray for her. That the Lord will encourage her, comfort her, heal her and give her peace. That she will feel those new mercies that are there every morning. Pray that the chemo side effects would be very minimal and if you are so bold. . .pray with me that she would be in that 1% that doesn’t lose their hair. (Somebody has to make up that 1%!)

I will leave you with the verse that she had stuck to her page of questions for the Dr. today. . .

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Karen

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10 responses to The Oncology Visit

  1. I was so relieved to hear that the visit was a positive one! Judy’s faith is amazing. Even though she is physically weak, her faith shows so much strength. Hurray for a hopeful outlook!

  2. Judy, you look so good in the 3 generations picture under Karen’s birthday post!
    It sounds like you have a great doctor. I am so proud of you for getting in God’s Word and building up your faith. God is so good; His mercies are everlasting. I am praying with you.

    Love,

    Mary

  3. Jules, my Mom wanted me to tell you that she really appreciated your watching the kids so I could go to the appointment with her. She said it really helped to have some support there with her. So “thanks” from her!!

  4. That Verse from Isaiah is a really good one. I’d probably be taking it with me every time.

    I know from experience, it’s wonderful to have someone with you at these meetings with the Dr’s and I thank you too Jules.

    God bless you Judy and your family.

  5. Yup! Jules is truly a Jewel!

  6. Glad that your mom has a good doctor. That can make all the difference in the world. I meant to ask you about your mother yesterday and apologize for forgetting. We are keeping her in our prayers and look forward to positive results.

  7. Thanks, Carl! I enjoyed being with you guys yesterday. It was fun even though we didn’t get to do what we had planned.

  8. Karen & Tom,

    Hey there! Just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know that you are all in my prayers. Please give my heartfelt regards to your Mom and Dad, and let them know that I am thinking about them. It’s been a little while since I’ve really chatted with Mike but the last time we talked he brought me up to date and shared this website with me. I’ll keep looking back to check for updates. I really would like to make a trip down and see you all again.

    Best of luck with all of the changes to the house! I’m sure it’ll look great when it’s done. Tom if you need help bringing back some of those dishes we packed back from storage, just let me know!

    Cheers and hugs to all! God Bless!

    Ruben

    (oops, I thought if I posted a note it would go across the board, but I also left this message under the ‘Sisters, Sisters’ entry.)

  9. Ruben!!! Hi! Thanks so very much. I appreciate the prayers and condolences. I will let my mom know that you posted on here.

    Yeah, we have already started loading stuff back into the house . Ha! We keep paying that storage unit bill every month knowing that eventually when the room is done we will have room to bring it all back home. It’ll be like Christmas again, opening all my China back up.

    You were such a great help that day. Thanks!

    Take care! Tell Anna “hi”, too.

  10. Oh, Ruben, I fixed the post on the “sisters sisters”. No worries!