Patrick & Emily have undergone a TON of change over the last week. Tonight was the first time I have spoken with them (other than by text since my last blog post).
Let's begin with some PRAISES!
The Shaws are officially "moved" to their new home in Lynchburg, VA. While Emily expressed that she's still slightly overwhelmed with unpacking and truly "settling" in - both she and Patrick wish to extend an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who helped them with their move. So, from the Shaws, thank you!!! They felt very loved.
Patrick is moving along through his training and orientation at his new job, and they are being flexible with his needs. Emily begins working at her new job this coming Monday.
All good things.
Patrick and Emily also have a specific PRAYER need at this time:
After reviewing the results from Patrick's recent PET scan, the tumor board wishes for Patrick to have further testing to determine the cause of the "bright spot" that was seen in his lower pelvic region. None of the physicians are concerned about the unchanged "spots" on Patrick's liver and lungs and feel they are unrelated to cancer. There is, however, continued "concern" (without definite labeling) about the spot seen in Patrick's pelvis.
Patrick has an MRI schedule for around 7 pm on Monday, April 7th, 2014 at UVA. He has asked everyone to pray specifically that nothing "dangerous" is viewed on this scan. Please pray for accurate and efficient testing, for good reading of the results, for clear answers, and for NOTHING OF CONCERN to show up on this MRI. As previously said, PET scans are highly, highly sensitive ... so there is a chance this "spot" could be inflammation and not related to cancer. That is our sincerest prayer.
At this time, there are not additional follow-up plans set after the MRI. I will update this blog as soon as I know more.
Please also pray for soundness of mind for Emily and for efficiency on the part of the UVA oncology practice. Emily expressed a lot of frustration with lack of follow through and follow up. As many of you know, dealing with "secretarial" issues like this is time consuming and draining. Please keep lifting Emily up in your prayers as well ~ as she juggles appointments, follow ups, paperwork/telephone calls, unpacking, and her own new job. She has a lot on her plate!
As always, thank you all for praying for and loving on Patrick & Emily Shaw.