Thursday, November 13, 2008

More News

Ellen and Cathy received some sobering news on Wednesday. Ellen's follow-up MRI has shown that the tumor has continued to grow in the area that had been previously radiated. She is still planning on starting an IV chemotherapy treatment next week to help with tumor symptoms and to continue to fight this thing. The first treatment will be set up to see if her body can tolerate the chemo cocktail that her doctor is suggesting. Ellen is really hanging in there, but needs our love now more than ever.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Good Morning! Just wanted to touch base with all of you after yesterday's second opinion in Jacksonville. The doctor was extremely nice, and after hearing bad news for so many weeks, we finally got a glimmer of hope. After looking at my MRI's Dr. Jaeckle said that he was not so sure that the radiation has not worked. He said that the radiation dye can look like new tumor growth on the image, because the dye can actually leak out and appear like a tumor on the MRI. The bad news is that there were new spots of tumor growth on areas not treated. The bottom line is we need to keep plugging away at this nasty tumor. Today I have another follow-up MRI, and then I finally make a decision about continuing treatment.

Thanks to all of you for your prayers, hopes, and never ending belief that anything is possible.