It has been nearly 3 years since this difficult journey began for our family, and almost that long since the last time I hijacked my mom’s blog to pass along our gratitude as a family for all of your support. Today, I am writing to fill you in on some changes that have occurred in the last few weeks.
In the beginning of December, my mom started on a new trial designed to help boost her immune system in order to better find and fight her cancer. From the very start of this treatment, the side effects were varied and unpleasant (which was not completely unexpected with this kind of process), but a severe reaction on January 12th raised enough flags that her doctors decided to go ahead and do scans immediately, rather than waiting until March as was originally planned. They moved quickly to get results, and two days later we got news that was not what we hoped. The cancer has spread. On Friday the 16th, she started the first of 10 treatments of radiation, which was completed on Thursday the 29th.
Dr. Burris and Dr. Kennedy (who administered her last round of radiation in the fall) both feel hopeful that this treatment will be effective, and we are confident in our team at Sarah Cannon. The new growth was identified quickly, and now it will just take time for the radiation to melt it away and for the body to heal. We have already noticed steady improvement just in the last week and remain hopeful that that will continue. Her next set of scans will happen sometime in the next 4-6 weeks, and from there we will have a better idea of what the plan will be going forward.
We have been taking time to process this new information as a family, but as always we are so blessed to be a part of this wonderful community that has always taken such care to build us up and surround us with love and generosity. The main question I have been getting these last few weeks has been “how can I help?” What we really need is your understanding. Our primary focus right now is on healing, on taking each day as it comes, and on being together. Each call, text, and email means more to us than you can know, but at this time we cannot always respond to them. Thank you all so much for respecting our need to keep this close. I will be keeping this updated as we get more information.
With thanks from our whole family,