Friday, May 3, 2013

Mama Bear | Update 14

"Let us lift up endless praises,
Let us sing Him endless song."
It's been about 15 months since we discovered and 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.

And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.


  1. Praying for your mama bear and all of you. Love love love the whole Snyder + Morris family! :)

  2. So sorry to hear this news, but I'm sending positive vibes your way...your mama bear seems to be such a strong lady, and with such a strong family, you'll all carry each other through...

    Much love to all of you...


  3. Always still praying for your momma, you, and your baby Boris.

  4. Love Mama Bear so so much. I'm praying hard. So grateful God knows her inside and out and cares and keeps her in the palms of His hands. <3

  5. I'm so sorry... That must be really difficult. Praying for her and all of you.

  6. Praying for your mom and your family. You're a part of one of the sweetest families I've met :)

  7. I know the strength of your mama bear; I can hear her smiling through the pain and saying something encouraging to someone else... .she's amazing, always has been, always will be. Send my love to her please!

  8. Praying for your mom and your family! Love you guys.