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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Stage is just a Number

Recently we celebrated good news of another 3 month chemo vacation. Unfortunately the news took a shocking turn with discussion of possible metastasis to the brain or spinal fluid.  Mom immediately started several tests which included a MRI of the brain, PET scan and even spinal tap.  She was keeping as busy as possible while waiting for results to come in.  Test after test I can not imagine what all was going through her mind and heart. Finally on Wednesday, Mom with her support team piled into the consultation room ready to hear anything.

The news was better than expected.  They did not find cancer cells in the spinal fluid that could be detected!  There is still cancer of the spine surrounding the nerve roots, but showing no spread to fluid or brain at this point!  A few other spots have been identified and are being treated next week with radiation followed by more chemotherapy.  Treatment plans will be established with the oncologist around the middle of July; but radiation will happen very soon to help alleviate some of the pain she's experiencing.  You wouldn't know she's in this situation or even in pain because Mom's always great at staying busy and keeping her positive outlook as best as she can!

Since Mom's initial diagnosis she's been celebrating years alive.  If "Age is just a Number" her "Stage of Cancer" is also "Just a Number" and she's breaking records every day! We're so proud of her faith, hope, strength and endurance!  Her fight has truly been the biggest compliment to her loved ones and extremely encouraging for many people.

Stay strong and keep hanging on!
Just keep swimming!
Stay'n alive!
It ain't over!
So stay tuned for more updates and thank you for all of your support through this journey!

Love & Hugs, Always!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Helpful Data

I often find myself reading this document from Cancer.org and know we've been through much of it's contents over the past 6 years. I highly recommend keeping it on file for anyone fighting cancer. Helpful information to be knowledgeable about. For some reason when I'm worried or stressed I seek out knowledge and research to provide me with some education and solutions for the battles ahead.

Cancer.org Article

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Be Strong

We wanted to let you know some things have changed since our last post. There are a few things the doctors are looking into. Test results come on Monday 15th. Please keep Momma in your prayers for lots of strength & courage!

Love & Hugs!