Good morning and happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was as good as ours. We needed this weekend after the week we just had to endure. As most have probably figured out, we did not receive good news from Mayo or Sloan-Kettering. The reason we go to these clinics is for the specialists. They were not impressed with the PET scan results.
The mass in the middle of my chest is still present as well as the one in my left lung. Furthermore, neither mass has decreased in size. At this point, surgery is not an option unless we can get the mass in the middle to decrease in size dramatically. It would be pointless to do surgery (a risky one at that) on the other mass if nothing can be done about the mass in the middle.
The only positive is that the tumor seems to be responding metabolically. In other words, it appears to be less active. With that said, we are going to continue two more rounds of my current treatment and see if we can get it reduced in activity even more. My doctor stated it is unlikely they will shrink under the current treatment. It’s a game you have to play and try to beat the odds. You have to choose a treatment and pray it’s the correct one.
After these next 2 rounds, we will do another scan to see where things stand. From there, we will either switch to another form of chemo or undergo radiation. We need a miracle. We need these tumors to shrink and not spread. To say I am scared is an understatement. These setbacks are eating away at me right now. I just want to have my life back. When will this nightmare be over with? I can’t stop crying.
Round 3 of chemo starts today, Monday, June 25, 2012. As I write this, I am just waiting for the call that a bed is ready. I will let you know when and where once I get the phone call.
You all have been wonderful in supporting us. We need to keep praying and hoping for a miracle. I need your help in spreading the word about our family’s journey. The future will most likely be involving clinical trials and experimental treatments which can get expensive. If you were planning on a fundraiser or benefit, we will fully support it. Thank you so much for all you have done for us and continue to do. It is not over, and we will continue to fight this disease. Make it a great day everyone! We love you all.