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A Battle Fought

Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah
He's roaring with power and fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before Him...
-Lion and The Lamb
Summary of 09FEB18:
It has been said at times that no news is good news.  I disagree.  I think good news is, in fact, good news and no news is merely the absence of information.  Let's discuss some good news.  Without dragging out the details of the day in this section (which I'll do below for those who want a more in-depth rundown), yesterday was long but good.  Lab work looked decent.  Scans were good (other than one spot/nodule that we'll keep an eye on as we move forward).  I would say that in an ideal world that nodule wouldn't have been there, but it didn't seem to cause any immediate concern from our Neuro-Onc or Radiation-Onc.  In fact, they were pleased with the response to that phase of treatment.  We'll mark yesterday in the win column.  [In my gut, I still have some reservations about that nodule, but for no…
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