"Let us lift up endless praises,
Let us sing Him endless song."announced that Mama Bear's breast cancer had returned. The past year-and-then-some I've slacked a bit on updating this blog.
But here the scoop:
We found out at the end of the summer that her cancer appeared to be gone (at least her cancer number had gone from 54 to somewhere between 0 and 5. Truly a miracle! And better than the doctors were expecting!)
Her chemo was done and they set to work on the condition of her lungs. The surgery and recovery for that, in early fall, was rough but it appears to have been profitable. Her x-ray this past was still very positive (the left lower lobe is still in bad shape, there is scarring, etc... but all in all everyone is pleased.)
Sadly, we found out a few months ago that her cancer that we had hoped was gone or at least dormant was growing/living again. It had popped back up in her liver and bones. Certainly disappointing news... especially so quickly :-/
Her wonderful wonderful doctor put her on a plan to have chemo just about every week for 12 treatments. The chemo "recipe" was going to be a little different than her past ones. It wouldn't cause her hair to fall out, and shouldn't make her feel sick. Currently she's about 75% through that plan. On Monday she had a PET scan to check the status and to see if the chemo was helping.
She got called in this morning, and she and my dad went to meet with the doctor and to hear the results (which we all assumed wasn't going to be 'happy news'...). Dr. Raj let them know that the chemo wasn't working like they had hoped and the cancer seems to be growing still.
SO. She has a new plan, and will be visiting another more "specialized" doctor, and trying a new medicine (including oral chemo.) They'll be stopping the 12-week-chemo-plan altogether since it's not working.
Thank you for praying for her and us, and thank you for asking about how she's doing! We're currently keeping busy with lots of house projects and making room for Baby Boris Morris (just his nickname, don't worry ;). Grandma Bear is as tough as ever, and never makes a "big deal" about any of this. But she is tired and "feels weak." Pray for strength and energy and lots and lots of joy.