Thank you Father for your reassurance that “all is well” as you are in charge, engaged in all that is going on in all of our lives. Thank you for your continued presence. Thank you all for walking with us, your continued prayers, and kind words.
Well it has been a rough week. Our oncologist informed us on Monday he would have the pathologist check her cancer cells to see if they had PG-L1 expression as there are newer medications that are very effective for triple negative breast cancer with this expression. On Thursday we met with him and found out she didn’t have the PG-L1 expression. He also reviewed the PET scan and is convinced all the findings around the heart and in the chest is the cancer. At this point, other than a shot in the dark, there are no other treatments available. About 12% of triple negative breast cancer have androgen receptors (male hormone receptors) and are suppressed or slowed down by blocking androgens with medications used in prostate cancer treatment. She wasn’t checked for androgen receptors, but treatment is a low cost generic oral pill and the side effects minimal, so he started her on that in the off chance it works. So despite the advances coming around the corner, Theresa’s cancer cells have each time shown no weakness to exploit.
In addition, Theresa’s cough has progressed and her chest pain and shortness of breath increased. She had another Echocardiogram which showed her pericardial effusion has increased in size in the past month and is getting close to half of what it was before it constricted her heart. She will need to get another Echo in a few weeks to see how fast it is accumulating. Because of this and her chest pain, she was placed on prednisone, which has helped cut down the pain and hopefully slow down the effusion, but this has caused Theresa’s face to swell again, and we are having a difficult time dropping the dose due to the pain increasing. She is back to having severe coughing fits.
Unless Theresa improves in the next three weeks, we will have to cancel our trip to Disneyland as her oncologist doesn’t believe she is in good enough health for that trip. So we are praying the Casodex and prednisone help. The prednisone is making it hard for Theresa to sleep at night, so her fatigue level is increased.
Such is the state of affairs in our home. More somber in mood, motivation zapped, more contemplative. Sleepless nights have visited a number in our family.
We have had brief visits, flowers, cards, and acts of kindness bestowed on us and we are thankful for the blessings received. A friend sent me the song “All is well” Robin Mark.
“He lowers us to raise us, so we can sing his praises. Whatever is His way, all is well. Makes us rich and poor, that we might trust Him more. Whatever is His way, all is well. All my changes come from Him, He who never changes. And I’m held firm in the grasp of the Rock of all the Ages. All is well with my soul, He is God in control. I know not all His plans but I know I’m in His hands. I’m in His hands. He clothes us now then strips us, yet with His work equips, whatever is His way, all is well. And though our seasons change, we still exhale His name. Whatever is His way, all is well. All my changes come from Him, He who never changes. I am held firm in the grasp of the rock of all the ages. All is well with my soul, He is God in control. I know not all His plans, but I know I am in his hands.”
Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers.