Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Update from Houtson

Well our two week break will be over tomorrow. We meet with Dr. Tu tomorrow afternoon to find out the new tumor marker number and what the next step will be. This last round of chemo was very hard on Jonathan. He struggled a lot with nausea, fatigue, and a new one for him..mouth sores. Thank God for 'magic mouthwash' because it was affecting his eating, drinking, and even his speech! We finally got everything under control, and we were able to enjoy the last week with friends and family who came to visit. I've been trying to take more pictures of our lives these days and I've included a few below from some recent visits. 

Yesterday Jonathan spoke with the Radiation Oncologist, who ordered his brain MRI a few weeks ago, and he confirmed that only 1 spot (5mm) remains in his brain. There were two, possibly 3! They're not sure if the spot they see is a tiny tumor still or if it's just leftover tissue, but if it shows up on the next MRI, they will have to determine the best way to treat/remove it. We are believing this spot will disappear and that no surgery will be required in his brain! 

It's amazing that Jonathan has been through 7 rounds of chemo. Prayers are truly being answered! He is not feeling 100% by any means, but his strength the last few days has been remarkable! He has been working on a few plans, getting out of the house, and even helping me around the house! I'm particularly grateful for the last one :) I just can't believe how strong he is through all of this! Please continue to keep him in your prayers! We are believing for great results tomorrow, and we just know God's hand in all of this! 

Please Pray specifically for 'zero', wisdom for Dr. Tu, and mental, emotional, and physical strength!! We love and appreciate all of you more than we could ever express! 

With love, 

P.s. Winston, I'm sorry I forgot to take a picture of you two when you were here!! 
                                                                   Hibachi with my family and Kevin
                     Jonathan and Kevin celebrating Kevin's new job with Vietnamese coffee!
                                                         Ila surprised us last weekend!

 Auntie Connie, Pepe's sister, came in from San Francisco!


  1. Much, much love to you all and continued prayers for God's healing. So proud of you for your courageous fight!

    Love, D.

    1. (Donaldson, haha... Phone not cooperating in the middle of the night...)

  2. Great to see photos of you all! Jonathan you are looking great, good to see a smile on your face! :) Lindsey, you are a great woman, thank you for all the love and care you are giving Jonathan and for keeping all his friends and family updated. Praying for you all!