update

It is now over one month since I completed my radiation and concurrent chemotherapy. I have recovered from the side effects of treatment. I am completely off of narcotics. My follow up CAT scan shows moderate and significant further shrinkage of the tumor. At initial diagnosis the tumor measured 12 centimeters. After surgery it was 8 centimeters. Now after chemo and radiation it measures 6 centimeters. As a medical oncologist with knowledge and expertise in this type of tumor, I am pleased with the response, and my present clinical condition. I realize that I probably still have residual cancer in my chest which in all likelihood will, at some future time, grow and spread and cause problems. There is also a very small possibility that the residual mass seen on imaging is just scar tissue or necrotic dead tissue and may not grow back.

Now my wife Elizabeth, who is very spiritual and a strong believer, was praying for a complete miraculous healing. She wanted to see a complete disappearance of the tumor on the CAT scan so we could know it was an obvious miracle. She is grateful for what we got but also disappointed and not satisfied. She wants to grow old with me which means I have to live at least another 15-20 years. Elizabeth is not going to let God off the hook. She will continue to ask God for a complete healing for me in this life.

So, the Hirsh family is happy and sad, grateful and disappointed, still trusting in God, praying for miracles and accepting His will.

7 thoughts on “update

  1. Rejoicing with you over this good news, but like Elizabeth I was praying for it to be miraculously gone. Thanks for sharing your results as well as the roller coaster of emotions cancer diagnosis/treatment/imaging/prognosis brings. We love you and are trusting God with you.

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  2. Dr. Hirsh

    I am so happy to hear that you are seeing an improvement. I totally understand your wife wanting a clear report, but maybe given the extent of your tumor, this is great news relatively speaking.

    As we are taught, we should always continue to ask God for whatever it is we want, even if it is more than we can even imagine. We are taught to “ask big”….and God will answer our prayers, even if it is not necessarily the answer we are looking for.

    I have been keeping you in my daily prayers, and will continue to do so, and I will “ask big.”!!!!

    God’s Blessing and healing,
    Susan

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  3. means I have to live at least another 15-20 years. Elizabeth is not going to let God off the hook. She will continue to ask God for a complete healing for me in this life.So, the Hirsh family is happy and sad, grateful and disappointed, still trusting in God, praying

    And so she will continue “to pray without ceasing.”  That is my Elizabeth!Margie

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  4. Congratulations on being 6 Centimeters. I ,too ,was praying for a “complete miraculous healing”. I will not let God off the hook either, but God is in charge and it will happen in his time, not ours. So I am ecstatic to hear this good news. Blessings to you and yours, PHYL ACCARDI

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