Monday, April 14, 2008

Getting Stronger

Hi Everyone,

Jeff and I went to his oncology appointment last Friday and found out that his insulin and tumor markers are still going down (Yea!!!). The oncologist said that when Jeff came to the office in early February, he looked like he was "circling the drain" but now his color was back and he's gained some weight - always a good sign for an oncologist. He received the monthly round of Zometa to strengthen his bones and they increased one of his chemo drugs slightly for the next two months. The oncologist will repeat the scans at the end of the next two treatments and then we'll go from there. What wonderful news! Jeff and I celebrated by having lunch at PF Changs in the White Flint Mall.

Saturday we went to the National's statium to watch the Nats and the Braves but left after sitting in the rain for 30 minutes. Instead we had an awsome walk through Georgetown - visited the C&O Canal, had lunch in a great Italian restaurant and did some shopping. What could be better???

Anyway - all is well on the home front but please keep Jeff in your prayers.

Also, when you have a second, check out "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch - a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Randy has pancreatic cancer and had been given 6 months to live - fortunately he has surpassed that milestone. Randy's insightful book is wonderful to read and you can download/view the actual lecture from if you're interested. I picked up a copy of his book at the BWI airport today - never having heard his story before and only selecting the book on a whim at the check out counter. After reading it - I'm convinced it was karma.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Labs are looking good!

Hi Everyone,

Jeff found out that his lab work from Friday showed some improvement (YEA!!!!!). His blood counts are holding strong and his insulin is down. Also, the "tumor markers" (other blood tests that indicate tumor growth) are showing some signs of improvement. Needless to say, Jeff and I are so excited about this new news and even though he's only been on the chemo for 2.5 weeks, we are cautiously optimistic. Besides being extremely tired, he has not had too many other symptoms from the chemo and his next oncology appointment is next week - we should know more then.

Please keep us in your prayers.


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Doing good after first week of chemo

Hi Everyone,

Jeff had an appointment with his Oncologist on Friday and she said that everything looked good. He will receive blood tests every Friday to make sure his platelets and blood counts are okay. There are still only a few symptoms from the chemo - the newest is fatigue and a flush face - both of which have subsided. Other than that, all is well (as best they can be) in Mingman's house.

FYI - there has been one bright spot in the last few weeks - Brad was accepted at West Virginia University and he's looking forward to being a college student. Luckily for us, it's just an hour and a half drive from my family's home in PA. Brittany is still waiting to see if she was accepted at WVU or Arizona State - hopefully she won't have to wait too much longer.

Also, for those of you who don't already know, Jeff and I are going to be grandparents and Justin is going to be a father!!!!! Justin and his smart, beautiful, and soon to be wife, Courtney, are expecting a baby boy in July - YEA!!! We (and they) are so excited and can't wait for the new arrival. If any of you knew Justin when he was little, you'll understand why Jeff swears he is going to buy the baby a drum set for his 1st birthday.