huge news today!

Treatment #7 is now coursing its way through my unhappy body, and the resulting revolt presently taking place will probably make this post short. But in the middle of my treatment today, the doctor stepped in with the report from the CT scan—”How are you, Mr. Tough Man?” I smiled— “Not so tough today.” We both laughed.

Since the scan, I really tried not to think much about it. And I had decided not to get my hopes up. There was always the chance that the tumors weren’t responding, or that they didn’t respond much. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case as the doctor proceeded to explain.
“Progress had been extreme!” He said, “I am amazed!” In summary, the largest of my tumors, in the center of my chest, was originally 8.6 centimeters at its widest point. This was borderline on what they consider “large” or bulky disease. Not good. Today, just past the halfway point of treatment, the same tumor, at its largest point, measures only 1.5 centimeters! This was HUGE news! What’s left is probably nothing more than scar tissue.
In the doctor’s words, “This is miraculous!” In fact, when I asked him a few moments later if he has read any more of DONE, he held up the report and said, “This was the miracle I was waiting for! Now, I will read more.” He appeared to be serious. Interesting.
There are other tumors, and all of them showed the same progress. The cluster in my left chest area is reduced to 1.4 centimeters, and the tumors under my arm and on my collar bone don’t show up at all. The Doctor said, “I don’t know what they will radiate…” referring to my month of radiation after chemo.
Am I out of the woods yet? No. I still have a long road. The doctor said, “There is probably no more cancer…” Big word—probably. The PET scan, scheduled for March 14, will show more about the existence of cancer. I still have 5 more treatments of chemo between now and May, followed by a month of radiation. From there we must monitor the situation through regular scans and tests for about five years—praying for no recurrence. So, there’s still plenty to pray for and ask the Lord for; but for now, we rejoice greatly that God is answering prayers and healing my body!
I sat in the chemo chair and brushed away tears of gratitude for about an hour. The nurse asked me if I was okay. I told her I was just thankful! Once I feel better, I’m going to get some time alone with the Lord and really pour out my heart in thanks. I wasn’t prepared to receive such a great report. I’m not surprised at God, I just approached the results more cautiously.
Okay—I’ve got to get my brain back to focusing on this chemical revolt I’m experiencing! Thank you a million times for praying! Keep praying… God is good, no matter what!

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16 Responses to huge news today!

  1. Michelle Reis says:

    Bro. Schmidt,
    God is good all the time! I am amazed at how good He is and for answering our prayers. I will continue to pray for His continual healing and for strength and grace in these next couple of months. You and your family are on my heart and in my prayers on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing the ups and downs of your journey. Thank you for your faithful testimony of God’s grace and true faith! It truly is an encouragement and challenge to me!

  2. Dave Huston says:

    The Huston family rejoices with you and your family on this wonderful report! We are praying for you and your family and asking God to continue to do the miraculous!

  3. Tommy Burgess says:

    Hallelujah! God is good, all the time!

  4. Wow. I don’t know which is more stunning. The fact that the tumor has shrunk, the fact that you have cancer (I just found out about this!), or the fact that your header on this blog thanks God for your cancer! What an amazing and godly testimony! God bless – our family will be praying for you!

  5. Theresa Bradford says:

    Great, great news! Rejoicing with you and your family. Your Mom came by last night to share. She is crazy….crazy for her boy! Such good progress. We will continue to ask God to pour out his favor and healing touch all over you until you are completely healed! The power of faith and focused prayer is amazing to witness. Enjoy the sweetness of goodness!

  6. Donna Neal says:

    This is great news. We have been praying for you and your family and will continue to do so. It has been such a blessing reading your updates, the Lord is really using you. You did our Couple Conference last year at Myrtle Beach and you were a blessing to us ( Liberty Baptist Church Durham,NC) May God continue to heal you. Thanks for allowing God to use you. It is so awsome the way you have used this trail to help others.
    God Bless you and your family.

  7. Magdalena Montaño says:

    Bro.Schmidt- We rejoice with you and all God is doing through you. Thankful for your faithful testimony! Will continue to pray for your family as well.

  8. Melissa Pettit says:

    Praise the Lord, what great news. :):):) Praying for the salvation of your doctor. Thank you for your testimony and faithfulness.

  9. Denise Smith says:

    My eyes are tearing up! Happiness!!!! Thanks for the update. We keep praying for you – even out here in Ohio.

  10. Wonderful, glorious news…not the revolting part, but the marked improvement. Glory to God!
    And it ain’t ‘word problems’ this time! 🙂

  11. Dear Bro. and Mrs. Schmidt:
    Praising God for the good results. Will continue to pray. God Bless!!!

  12. Donnie McCullough says:

    That is awesome news Bro. Cary. We serve a great God and He knows all about you. I’m praying for complete healing. You are such a blessing.

  13. Michael Lewis says:

    Praise the Lord! We will continue praying.

  14. Joy Loveday says:

    Amen and Amen, Bro. Cary. That is what happened to me!! The Dr. came in during one of my treatments (I think the 4th) and said “Don´t know what is happening, but the tumor – the big one in the center – is like almost dissapeared.” My Mom and I proceeded to explain to him what a miracle was and how we had people literally all over the world praying for this. And how how great and wonderful God was behind this. He was kind of upset, because we didn´t give him much credit nor the meds, but he understood our joy. It was a turning point personally in looking ahead and beginning to hope that life was going to go on. Hope you are having some time to rest and that your diet will continue to reflect how well you are going to treat this body that the Lord is going to let you live in for many years!!!! : ) Rejoicing in His goodness and answered prayer, Joy

  15. Bethel Ohler says:

    Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord… Even in the valley, God is good!

  16. Jacques van Rooyen says:

    That’s awesome Bro. Schmidt!
    We often think of you and pray for you here in Inner Mongolia, China. Your messages, books, music, and counsel are still impacting our lives and the lives of our children these few years and 6300 miles later.

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