The results came back late this evening, and Tricia does have Post-Transplant Lymphoma. We'll be talking with the oncologists tomorrow to learn more and what the plan for treatment is.
Tricia has a few things going for her:
1) They've caught it early, which is always a good thing.
2) This is a very treatable/beatable form of cancer, perhaps even forgoing aggressive forms of chemo and other treatments.
3) There are still no signs of rejection, which makes treatment very optimistic (I'll explain more later).
4) When you've dealt with an incurable, life-shortening disease your whole life, as well as other things like diabetes and organ transplantation, cancer just doesn't seem like such a big deal as it might if Tricia were perfectly healthy otherwise. I don't say this to be flippant of cancer at all, as we know the possible severity of cancer and have friends and family who are dealing with cancer right now, a few who are dealing with serious lymphoma. But, neither Tricia or I are worried or scared about this. The doctors seem very optimistic, and, considering all Tricia has been through and still has to go through, this feels like something that God has prepared us for. We're just happy to know what it is so that we can get on with it.
Thank you for your continued prayers. To be honest, our biggest concern right now is getting Tricia out of the hospital and getting us all home ASAP. We're praying that the immediate plan does not involve more time in the hospital, especially considering that Tricia's entire family has a week of vacation planned next week on the OBX...something that Tricia has had her heart set on for nearly a year.
We'll let you know more when we can.