Thank you again for your many prayers, thoughts, and words of encouragement. Thank you also for all you do for us. Thank you Father for your faithful presence.
Theresa had a tough week with her stomach (GI tract), and because of this she didn’t get her chemo Thursday. Her oncologist decided to give her a week break from the chemo, to help her body heal. She had already received the full dose of the receptor blockers two weeks ago. So by giving her a week break she will get a full dose of all three this Thursday. We tried the weekly chemo treatment but this didn’t give Theresa a break at all, as she was barely up to take the next weekly dose. Some people do much better with smaller doses more frequently, and Theresa isn’t one of them. So now we go back to the higher doses every three weeks and hope and pray that her symptoms are not any worse than they have been on the lower dose. The weekly dosing didn’t give Theresa a break at all, and wore her down more emotionally and physically. Having a week or two where you seem reasonably healthy makes a big difference. She will get 5 cycles over the next 15 weeks (not months that I wrote in error last time) of the combination of the three drugs, her last dose being in June. I am not sure what we do after that last treatment. We won’t be doing the MRI of her liver probably until after the 5 cycles are over, since clinically Theresa is responding very well. The 5cm mass in her breast can barely be felt and the lymph nodes in her arm pit are unable to be felt. This is enough evidence that she is getting a very good response from the receptor blockers, despite her pathologic sample suggesting otherwise. A new study just came out looking at indicators of probable good response and Theresa had a number of these. A growth rate >50% (Theresa’s was 68%), over expression of HERS2-neu (which Theresa is responding as such), and some other ones I don’t remember. Her oncologist believes she can get complete remission, so that is what we are praying for. Pray for physical and emotional strength and endurance to persevere through this rocky time.
Some have asked how the kids are doing. Actually this is hard to tell. Initially, with the bad news, they all struggled and our house was filled with insomnia and lack of appetites and grades dropped across the board. They all also dealt with it their own way, with friends, just being around us, or alone in their room. Now as we have a routine, they have adapted and are back focusing on school, friends, and what they like to do. Appetites and sleep have improved. We have depended on them a bit more to help around the house and with errands and they are following through. They now make their lunches for school, are doing their own laundry, and help with meals. They are also spending time with their friends, which has help a lot.
In our new normal, we are adapting fine. I am eager to have the next 15 weeks over, so Theresa can gain in strength and be able to get out and around. I am so glad that Theresa is responding to the treatment medications. My outlook is now back to longer term, 5-10 years, and not just a few weeks. Still live one day at a time, trying to live in the moment, but the hope of more years together has added a calm and stability we need in this storm. Thank you Father.