April 14, 2011

Greetings Family and Friends,

It has been a few days since we have written but much has happened. On Monday, Lisa had three Doctor appointments as well as her radiation. The first Doc was the Radiologist. He said things are going well. Her last radiation treatment will be on the 26th of April. Well, at least that was the plan as we knew it. She went to her weekly blood draw – that is used to make sure the chemo on Tuesday is the correct strength. That is calculated each week.

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From there, we went to a Radiation Oncologist’s appointment. Hmmm, I do remember in the beginning of all of this there was something about an extra dose of radiation at the end – a lot going on back then and we sort of forgot that fact! This Doc was about to remind us. After the 25th radiation treatment, the next week Lisa will go to the hospital for a procedure that will be a part of this final radiation push. I will not go into the details of how these treatments will be done but there are  two options.

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The first option would entail her staying in the hospital for 60 hours. She would not be allowed out of bed and would be getting low doses of radiation every hour (or few hours) for the whole 60 hours. People could visit but only stay in the room for a certain amount of time and would stay a ways away as she would be radioactive. Then she would be done! This would be Lisa’s first choice if they can make it work out.

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The second option would also begin at the hospital with a surgical procedure. After that, there would be five high doses of radiation; two a week for two weeks and one the third week. For each of these treatments, she would be put to sleep – I mean anesthetised. This would prolong the end of the treatment but then it would be done.

On May 4th, during surgery, the Doctor will make the decision which of these options will be the one will work out the best. She won’t know until she wakes up. She will either stay for three days or come home and start the other treatments the next week.

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This was not great news as April 26th was the target “DONE” date. And what was Lisa’s response? I asked her on the way home what she was thinking. She said, “I just want to do want needs to be done so I can get healthy again.” Amazing!

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How is she doing?

This gets graphic so you can skip to the prayer requests if you like: The radiation causes diarrhea. That is worse as the time goes on. It has gotten really bad. The chemo causes nausea and vomiting. Between these two, it is near impossible to keep her hydrated.

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Prayer requests:

-> Because of the diarrhea and vomiting, she has very little strength. She is very weak. Please pray God will strengthen her whole being.

-> Please pray she’ll be able to eat and the nourishment will stay with her.

-> Her mouth is getting sore. This is also an expected outcome of these treatments. Please pray she does not get the abscesses that, according to what we have read in all her information, is a side effect in the mouth and throat.

-> Her intestinal track will be at peace and she would have less reaction to the radiation.

-> Her last chemo is next Tuesday. Pray that it has done it’s job and worked to kill the cancer cells and the nausea will be minor or better, nil.

-> The Doctor will be able to make the three day procedure work.

-> On another note – the auction is coming up. Please pray for it’s success. God has provided, through many of you Saints, wonderful items to sell. The pictures and descriptions will be going up soon.

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We are so grateful for each of you and your prayers.

Blessings to each of you,

Lisa (by Bethel)

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