This is a hard post for me to write, from the standpoint that I am not sure I can explain things coherently. First, let me say that Roger and I both know that we are in God's hands, so we do not worry about the details too much.
This morning, we found out that Roger's AML (the cancer/leukemia that necessitated the second transplant) has returned.
While not exactly unexpected news (the "minor issues" he has been facing the past couple of weeks were symptomatic of a recurrence), it nonetheless is a blow when you hear the doctor say the words.
Many snippets of songs have been running through our minds - some we have penned, and others that have been a blessing to us. What a comfort!
Roger is still in the hospital, and will remain there for the next few days. We are still waiting on more test results and doctors' visits that will give us more information. We don't have a plan of attack yet, but it looks like chemotherapy will be the first line of defense. Another concern is that Roger has lost his voice, due to either a mass on his vocal chords, or an enlarged lymph node that is pressing on the chords. Again, we don't know definitively. There is some discomfort involved, but I do admire how he is hanging in there. We are both at peace with the diagnosis, but there are a few moments of fear and uncertainty that crop up now and then.
We will keep all of you posted as we gain more information, but we would love to have your prayers: for us as we are in Houston; for Chelsea in Tennessee; for Jordan as he is on the road with Legacy Five, then back in Tennessee; for our extended families; and for the doctors and nurses as they treat Roger.
We are still right where we need to be:
In His Grip,
Roger and Debbie