Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Update: Difficult Times
Mom is hanging in there like an olympic champion and continues to amaze us every single day. She completed radiation shortly after Josh's wedding and then the hard times started. Horrible symptoms of severe pain, nausea and throwing up prevented Mom from being able to eat or drink much. She was very weak and in so much pain that she requested an ER visit for fluids and pain meds. After several days they were able to work on the pain and help her keep food and drink down. Once she was released from the hospital she required full-time care as we tried to figure out the balance between hitting the pain meds before the nausea set in so she could eat and drink. Because of this condition Mom was not able to receive chemotherapy following the radiation treatment.
A glimmer of hope arrived during her oncology visit when he doctor informed us that a Stage 2 Clinical trial was being performed in Indiana for her type of cancer. Immunotherapy will teach her body how to identify and start to fight off the cancer. Mom eagerly accepted the invitation and made plans for the trip. After arriving in Indiana she had a brief hospital visit but was able to pull through and attend her appointment the following day.
We received good news about the same study being done in Chicago, which is much closer. The doctors also put us in contact with a genetic specialist who works with this type of cancer. My sisters and Aunt Barb have been extremely helpful in working through all of these challenges this past month. Our family and friends have been amazing with their love and support, we are truly blessed and appreciate you all!
The journey continues and we are taking "One Day at A Time"...
With Love Always,
The Franke Kids