"The Lord did not have a tough week last week."
Since my last post in May we've had some news in our household! Mama Bear is officially a Grandma Bear! After a long labor, our little guy was born on June 14 and he has been the joy of summer. Every single member of the family is smitten with him and he can makes us laugh no matter how sad, teary, tired or blank we are. He's the best little bundle of boy and we are delighted by him.
I do wish that Rowdy's birth was the only "medical/hospital" news to report. Unfortunately we have an update about mom and it's not particularly pleasant. She has been doing chemo for about nine months -- actually she has done four or five different chemos over the last nine months. None have them have been working and her cancer seems to be growing (the biggest area of concern is the growth in her liver.) Her lungs have also continued to fill with fluid and she's continuing to have them drained so she can take mostly-full, deep breaths and not be winded and coughing constantly. The latest chemo was probably the hardest on her physically (and her hair fell out again :( no fun) and we were really optimistic that it would be having the most effect.
Since it too wasn't working (big bummer) her doctor ordered to end that treatment and start a new kind, which was supposed to start this week. However, she was feeling light-headed and not quite right so she asked her doctor about it. They ordered a brain scan and she received the results yesterday: there are three spots of cancer in her brain. They are halting all chemo to do immediate brain radiation. She'll do ten treatments over two weeks' time and hopefully the brain spots will be GONE and they can continue working different chemos to find something that will really zap that cancer and teach it a lesson.
"All the weak; find their strength; at the sound of Your great name
Hungry souls; receive grace; at the sound of Your great name
Sick are healed; and the dead are raised; at the sound of Your great name."
ps. People have asked if there is any way they can help -- meals, helping with laundry + carpools/rides are the most practical needs. Don't feel like you have to do anything! But as people have asked, we wanted to let you know :) Tracy Branchaw has been the go-to for meals + you can get in touch with me if you'd like any other information (kristen leigh photography at gmail)