Monday, March 1, 2010

Spring !!!

Spring seems to finally be here...knock on wood! We've had a harsh winter this year! Maggie's Meyer Lemon has quite a few sprouts. We'll see what happens. This is the same tree that snapped in half during a storm. Who knows what it has grafted into! Nonetheless, we are excited!

I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been anxiously awaiting the news on Monica’s re-staging today, and it’s good! She just called with this report from her oncologist: the two lesions in her lungs that had previously decreased in size (as seen in her sneak-peak CT scan in Jan.) are almost completely resolved, meaning the tumors themselves are gone, but there is essentially a scab left that will be absorbed by her body. In addition, the tumor in her spine is shrinking nicely. Finally, no new cancer activity anywhere – the only measureable tumor left is the one in her spine, and it’s going away! Hallelujah! Monica said that the whole oncology staff was excited and happy. Even Dr. Seifker, who is usually very serious and sober, was smiling and kept saying “this is good news!” Big sigh of relief. So, the plan is working, and they’re sticking to it. She is waiting around to get in a room and have her first treatment of this next cycle. This is the Cisplatin + Gemcetabine combo day, so she’ll stay the night in the hospital. Two more cycles of chemo and then another restaging. Today I am so thankful for this good news, for Monica's strength of body, spirit, and character, and for all of you who sustain her through this. - Jennifer

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