We are getting closer to the end of Elizabeth's treatment! Liz will go to Children's on Feb. 15, for her last dose of Vincristine and Lumbar Puncture with Methotrexate. Liz will take her daily chemo, Meccptapurine, through Feb. 17, and end her steroids on Feb. 19. The side effects of the Vincristine will hit on or around Feb. 22.
I don't know what the next ten years will look like. I know we will have monthly check-ups for the next several years, but other than that......I will let you know when I find out. I should get that information on the 15th of Feb.
Hitting this mile(million mile)stone is bitter sweet. We never thought we would get through all of the treatments, side effects, radiation, ER visits, clinic visits, day hospital visits, blood and platelet transfusions, etc. etc. etc, but here we are and being off of chemo for the first time in 2.5 years, begs for your mind to wonder and worry. There is a hugh comfort in knowing that she is taking something to keep it from coming back. From talking to other parents, I know this is a very normal thought and that I am normal. Liz has also expressed that she is scared too. I guess this fight for us will never be over, not until there is a "true" cure for Leukemia. One without the threat of falling out of remission. We will be having a party to celebrate her end of therapy sometime in April. Stay tuned for more details.
Update on Jim ~ He is doing very well and as long as the 2x daily steroids work, he will be able to continue on in this treatment plan. His esophagus will be stretched again in May, by Dr. Putnum. He will also be checking to see if he has any yeast infection in his throat from his steroids. This is an easy fix ... just another drug, an antibiotic!
Please continue to pray for Joel Brown. He is now in the hospital getting ready for his Bone Marrow Transplant for Feb. 1. His sister, Allie, is the donor. Joel will be in the hospital for the next 100 days. Please pray for the health of his sister, that the transplant is a success for Joel, and the peace for the entire family.
Please continue to pray for: the research for trying to find a cure, the doctors, scientist, nursing staff, Hoxworth, and those who give so freely to help save the lives of others.
There is an event at the Mason community center, March 12, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. copy and paste the link to go to the event. It should be a lot of fun for the biking enthusiasts! All proceeds go to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society!