The following post is a direct copy and paste from the email I sent to my family. This is the latest:
Dianne had her consultation this morning, and it didn’t go quite as expected. One piece of good news is that her heart is in good shape, and thus is able to receive the 2nd type of chemo.
However, she will NOT be receiving that chemo tomorrow as scheduled. Her blood counts are low, and they need to be back to normal before they can administer the chemo. This is a disappointment, but in light of how all things have gone to date, we have no reason to complain.
The other not so good thing is that the tumor(s) are NOT shrinking. The ultrasound shows that it / they are actually growing slightly, but the oncologist doesn’t quite agree by his manual measurements. In either case, this is not cool at all. Dr Joy now says that he wants to try for sure 2 more rounds of chemo, but if there is no change after that, he will discontinue the chemo treatments and Dianne will at that point head off into surgery.
Obviously, we are a little bit disappointed. We had hoped that everything would stay on schedule and go smoothly. And based on how things have gone, I don’t think this was unrealistic. However, as I mentioned, we can’t really complain about this. So far, Dianne has done wonderfully, and she continues to do wonderfully in her battle. This is just a wee hiccup in the treatment schedule. No big deal. She will go next week Thursday for another consultation / blood test to see if she is able to receive the treatment next Friday.
In all of this, we do realize that everything is in God’s hands, and that nothing happens by chance. We know that He, in his infinite grace and mercy, is holding Dianne and I and our family in His hands, and He will continue to give us everything that we need.