"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Chemo: Progress

Mom completed her 1st week of chemo like a champ! As we anticipated it brought back many familiar and unfriendly memories for her. Instead of being negative about more chemo I started calling it her "medicine" as a more positive spin. We're trying to take it day-by-day and week-by-week. So far she's doing great considering the usual side effects. If you've had chemo you know that it may take days or weeks after your last infusion to feel even the slightest bit of normal again. By her 2nd week she was feeling the pep back in her step. Tomorrow she starts the 3rd week which consists of 2 "medicine" days followed by 2 days of fluids as doctors keep a close watch on her levels and health of the kidneys. As we imagine the cancer cells being destroyed and her "medicine" working we can do nothing but remain hopeful, patient and strong!

Keep Calm and Kerry On!
We love you Mom!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Chemo: Day 1

Bring it on! It's Chemo Day 1 and Momma is certainly, undoubtedly ONE TOUGH CHICK! Hang in there Mom! We love you and are all cheering for you!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Pre-Chemo Scan Results

Mom got the results from her bone scan and CT scan. Her bone scan looked pretty good. There was a slight "lightened" area in her right upper arm and a small spot on her head, but it was not conclusive and needs watched.

Her CT scan showed several "questionable" areas that will be followed clinically and by scans. She had been feeling a "fullness" in her neck in the back on the right side. This turned out to be a 6 cm (2-1/2 inch) tumor growing that extended from the base of her skull to the top of her spine in the neck. They are hoping that the chemo will shrink this, but it is possible they could do radiation if it does not shrink fast enough.

There was some fluid found at the base of her left lung (a trace amount) that again will be watched both clinically and on scans. They are uncertain that this has to do with the cancer, but bears watching.

There were numerous new "seedlings" as they called them growing in her abdominal area (several tumors that have popped up). This could possibly be the pressure that is causing the kidney problems and the need for stents. It is hoped that the chemo will shrink these to ease up on some of the pressure in her abdomen.

Her liver looked clear, but one of the drainage ducts looked to have a "thickened" wall and possibly some mild dilation of that tube behind that thickening. This could also be cancer and it will be closely watched.

The nodule on her face also showed up in the scan, but without biopsy, they cannot be certain whether or not it is cancer.

They want to get the chemo started as soon as possible, so she will start treatment on January 8th and 9th and then again three weeks later. They will then do a repeat scan to check the progress.

-written by Aunt Barbar