Updates from 1/9/16 (Latest Scan)
Posted 1/9/16 @ 2:30 p.m.
Ana has progression of the lung tumors (about 3-4 mm of growth compared with her CT on 11/27) and so far her abdomen looks clear. As a next step, Dr. Yamashiro wants to do weekly low dose chemo infusions. This requires getting a port (or portal, as Erica Chase-Salerno refers to it) or a PICC line. He said he’d use two different kinds of chemo one of which can cause hair loss (Ana’s biggest fear). He didn’t have any other viable options to stop systemic progression of her disease. There’s more to say, but I’m in the car and feel too drained to elaborate.
We need to talk about this with Ana after she’s had a chance to think about it. I don’t want her to lose her hair and go through another big emotional trauma only to learn that the chemo won’t work, but if we do nothing, or continue putting her body through surgery, then she’ll get sick quickly. She’ll die… So, I’m holding onto the hope that low dose chemo will offer us a miracle. But…Ana has to want this and she’s scared. She’s tired of the fight. Why does it have to be so hard?
Posted 1/9/16 @ 9:00 a.m.
It’s been a nice week of near normalcy for all of us. Ana went to school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and I got some work done (including some very productive reworking of my latest novel). But today it’s back to NYC for a follow-up scan which will hopefully offer up absolutely no surprises. We’re also anticipating a new course of treatment for Ana – something that will stop the relentless progression of her disease. Her scan is scheduled for 10:30…please whisper good thoughts into the wind and maybe sprinkle some salt over your shoulder. If you knock on wood, do it three times ??