David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

Glad to Be Alive

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It is around 4 weeks since my last chemo. Of the four men who shared a room with me over this time, one has gone off to hospice, another was told last week that he has only three months to live. I have never been one to ask, “Why do I have cancer when so-and-so (much less deserving than me, naturally) just goes marching on.” That is the path to “the dark side.” Rather I am just happy to still be alive and enjoy time with family and friends.

I had an appointment with my doctor today. My Dr. is hard working, honest and sincere. He told me upfront that many of his colleagues now consider a bone marrow transplant might be a waste of time in my case. My cancer came back so quickly, after the first remission, that they feel it will most likely come back soon after the transplant. On they other hand, my Dr. still wants to do a bone marrow biopsy when my neutrophils come up a bit, and test the quality of my remission (if there is one). We may still yet proceed to the transplant, but God only knows what the future holds.

Meanwhile, I’m still alive, trusting in God and enjoying what time I have to spend with family and friends.

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April 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm

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  1. David, your response to your situation, your faith, is inspiring. May God continue to extend His grace, mercy and strength to you all.

    Penny

    April 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm

  2. Dear Pastor David,

    I remember you in my prayer.

    David

    David Ting

    April 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

  3. My cancer came back so quickly, after the first remission, that they [the doctors] feel it will most likely come back soon after the transplant.

    The doctors are only working on a balance of probabilities, because they lack omniscience and foreknowledge (no disrespect intended).

    The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings. Don’t let them push you down a path unless it’s the one that you want to hobble along.

    He told me upfront that many of his colleagues now consider a bone marrow transplant might be a waste of time in my case.

    Are there fiscal pressures behind this statement? It’s always a danger with socialist health care.

  4. Noelle and I are having a good cry.

    Russell & Noelle Carle

    April 30, 2010 at 3:10 am


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