This is the week that Jane had her scans. She returned from S.F. Yesterday (Saturday).
The good new is that there are no new spots. The bad news is that two of the spots have gotten larger. The doctor was a little disappointed because the growth is now at 19%. In order for Jane to qualify for the study, growth cannot exceed 20%. The P.E.T. Scan show that all other areas seem to be stable but that there is more metabolic activity. That basically means the cancer in the rest of the body is still stable but we need to keep an eye on it.
White Blood Cells
Jane will be getting two Nuepogen shots this week and one next week in an attempt to get her white blood cell count up. It is important for it to be high when she goes in for treatment. If her blood count is low or drops below a certain level she cannot get the full treatment or worse she would not be able to get treatment at all. Due to the growth rate of the cancer it would be catastrophic if she had to miss a treatment. Your white blood cells help to fight off infection or sickness. So if Jane gets sick her white blood cell count would drop. It is very important that Jane not get sick, so let me ask you that if you are sick please avoid, Jane, the boys, Linda and myself.
For now we will keep on the same regiment, going to S.F. every two weeks. In the middle of April, Jane will get scans again. If there is continued growth we will have to consider other options (which are few). If the spots stay the same or get smaller we will keep the same schedule.
The boys are doing well. At this point they understand the seriousness of the situation, but they do not know all the details. They do not know that the spots have grown 19% or what that could mean.
They are under a considerable amount of stress just knowing that Jane has to get treatment in S.F. every two weeks and that we are fighting to keep Jane alive. In order to protect them, we spare them from the details. You can help us protect them in two ways, 1. Do not ask them, “how’s your mother doing?” 2. Just love on them.
I try to keep the blog updated as things change or as we get new information. It is the easiest way to get information out to all who are concerned and praying. You can expect that I will update the blog after scans or if something changes (Jane gets sick or a great need arises).
It takes a lot of energy for Jane to share the details of each trip or how she is doing at any particular moment. I would like to ask you, that if you see Jane on Sunday or at a church event, that you not ask her how she is doing or what is next. Simply tell her that you are praying for her.
We need to be vigilant in prayer for Jane’s complete and total healing. For God’s hand on her that He remove the cancer.
Obviously, Jane was really disappointed with this visit. It is hard on her and on us. Please pray that we continue to have a positive attitude and keep our eyes on God.
Pray for Samuel and Gabriel, that their hearts are protected and that they would not be stressed.
Thank you so much for your prayers, support and love!!