Wednesday, June 20, 2007

There's Good News Tonight!

Our visit to MD Anderson Cancer Center was quite an experience. There are enough stories there, I'm sure, to fill a few hundred books.

But let me cut to the chase. When we saw the lead doctor on Judy's "team," he said that based on the results of the previous tests, "If it's what I hope and expect, it's very low grade, and highly treatable." I heaved a sigh of relief that you may have heard, even if you're in New England and California. I just hope that I'm not building myself up for a letdown, but I don't think so. He wouldn't say that just to kid me along. Right?


The bad news is that Judy will still have to undergo a series of pretty grueling tests, including a bone marrow biopsy and another biopsy of the lymph nodes in her neck. But we're both confident that she can get through the tests all right and that when we see the doctor again (currently on the schedule for July 11) that he will have the same good news for us.

I want to thank every one of you again for your support and concern. It's hard for me to express how much it's mean to us, but it's meant a lot. Trust me. And keep right on thinking those good thoughts for us. We need 'em.

18 comments:

Vince said...

Wonderful news, Bill! Keep us posted.

JD Rhoades said...

I'm learning to type with my fingers crossed. Good luck, Bill and Judy!

Steven said...

I'll be keeping Judy in my thoughts and prayers.


I didn't hear the sigh - I was probably teaching when you did it and nothing can distract me from the sound of my own voice...

Peter said...

Add me to that list of those thinking good thoughts. All the best!

Peter

Benjie said...

It's always good to hear good news. Continued blessings on you both.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I knew there was some good reason to be up and checking in just now.

Donna said...

Bill - I'm very glad the news is so much better. Sending good thoughts from Scotland.
Donna

Richard Heft said...

And I'm learning to type with two thumbs up.

Juri said...

Your sigh was heard even here in Finland. Good news, Bill!

Anonymous said...

Great news!
I heard the sigh in Southern Maryland, but it confused the hell out of local scientists.

Jerry House

Jeff Meyerson said...

Excellent! Now you can breathe again and get back to important Paris news.

Judy, we're all still keeping our fingers crossed for you.

Todd Mason said...

Further congratulations, and further good luck (given the circumstances) to Ms. Crider and to you all! May the test invasions not be too trying...

Gerard said...

Excellent. Glad to hear it.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

And here I thought that sigh was from the girls in Hooters when I drove by. Oh well, this is even better. I'm sorry Judy has to endure all those tests, but I'm holding my thumbs that the result will be purely positive.

Gar Haywood said...

Excellent news, Bill! God is good.

Hard Man said...

Great news, Bill.

Anonymous said...

Bill, I'm late to the conversation, but this is a wonderful way to get caught up. All best wishes to you and Judy. I'll be thinking about you both and watching this space for more good news.

SD

Bill Crider said...

Results on July 11. We're still counting on good ones.