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Sorry it’s been a while since my last update. The results of mom’s PET came back okay…I’m sure we were all wishing for a complete remission, but everything seems to be shrinking, so it could definitely be worse news.

She just had a bone scan, which showed cancer cells in her ribs and spine. They aren’t sure if those cells have been there for a long time and if the Tarceva might have stopped their growth, or if these cells are relatively new. What they do know is that they’re slow growing (good) and unaffected by chemo (bad). They told her something like…it’s nothing to worry about until you feel pain, and you’ll know if it’s bone-cancer pain because it’s unending and excruciating. Sounds like a blast.

Mom’s still having issues with her energy, which might be a result of the chemo or because of her thyroid. Nobody knows. She also said that she’s afraid the effects of the chemo are stacking up…after each treatment, she feels worse than she did before. I hope it starts to get better.

I’m planning to go back down to see my folks the last week in March, which will be nice. It feels like it’s been a long time…and I guess it has been since January?

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As I’m sure you’ve read from mom’s blog, she had another MRI to check to see if her brain tumors had returned, and it was all clear. I know this is a huge relief to her. She was worried about it because chemo can’t cross the blood-brain barrier, so chemo wouldn’t help, and because she already had full-brain radiation, it would be difficult to use radiation to treat anything.

At least that’s one worry to put to rest for a while!

She had a PET scan yesterday to see if the chemo treatments put her back into remission…hopefully we’ll hear more about that tomorrow or early next week.

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The Greenbrier

Hello everyone!

Not much news on mom’s cancer front, thank goodness.  Her doctor’s initial reaction to her latest PET scan results was that she was in remission because there was no sign of activity…then he called back later to say that there was some activity around the area of the initial tumor, but as far as he was concerned, she should consider herself in remission.  I’m not sure you could ask for better news.  I know she wishes her nausea and energy were under control, but I have a feeling she could take care of much of that through an improved diet…if she wants.

They were very nice to invite us to spend last weekend with them at the Greenbrier, a fancy-schmancy hotel here in West Virginia.  I’m not sure Anthony and I would ever have been able to afford to go on our own (at least not in the foreseeable future), so we jumped at the chance, even though we had to put our poor kitties back at the vet for boarding.

We had a great time.  I wish we’d had another day so that we could have gone hiking, but we were able to do a tour of the Cold War-era Congressional bunker, which was neat, and we ate a lot of good food (though we had a few run-ins with sausage, which wasn’t much fun…as Anthony reminded me, we were still in West Virginia).

The day we arrived, mom got sick to her stomach.  It’s the first time I’ve been around her when she was sick, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do.  Some people like you to hold back their hair (definitely not an issue with her right now)…some people like to be touched, some people (like me) don’t want anyone near them.  So I made sure she had water and a cool, wet washcloth and then just tried to get the poodle out of the room.  She thinks it was because she took a pill at the wrong time or something like that.  It’s hard to be the one to care for your parents…well, the hard part is realizing that the person who has always cared for you now needs you to care for them.

You can check out mom’s blog for her thoughts on the trip.  She said her energy held up for the rest of the time they were there (they stayed for most of the week; we headed home on Sunday).  I’m glad they had a good time, and I’m very thankful that they included us in their vacation.

 

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Good News!

Well, folks, it looks like things are finally going well!  Tarceva seems to have done the trick for the time being.  Mom just got her PET scan results back, and it looks like whatever isn’t completely gone is on its way out.  I’d encourage you to go read the details in her journal.

Great news, yes, but I’m kinda upset that she made me cry at work.  🙂

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