We got good news from the doctor this morning... Mike gets to taper down again from the steroid! If he has any symptoms like he was having before his surgery, he is to up the dosage immediately. We are praying for no headaches, dizziness or numbness. The doctor told us again today how fortunate we are that Mike's tumor was able to be removed and there were good margins around it. My anxiety level was not nearly as great at this morning's visit.
Mike volunteered this morning to talk to other patients who may be concerned about going through the kind of radiation he is dealing with. The doctor and nurse both were amazed that Mike is so positive, and looks at the radiation therapy (having his head bolted to the table with a mask) as he does. He said he considers it wonderful to have his head PERFECTLY still so the radiation can be administered perfectly. He uses the time to meditate and especially think of beautiful things like the sea. (I think he is getting ready for vacation!) They were pleased for his willingness to share his thoughts with others. They said explaining the process is so much better coming from a person who has experienced it rather than those who administer it.
We read this quote this morning and thought we would pass it along.
"Every life has peaks and shadows and times when it seems that the birds don't sing and bells don't ring. Yet in spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser, and happier as a result."
Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Come What May, and Love It," Ensign, Nov. 2008, 26
We are happier than we have ever been for our lives together. We are becoming stronger.