Why the Redwood Forest slideshow?

Judy had always loved trees, and in 2008 we spent some time among the California Redwoods. Some of the ingredients in Judy's chemo cocktail were derived from trees (not Redwoods but Yews). We always knew that Judy loved the trees, and the trees got their chance to repay her affection.



Thursday, May 7, 2009

Between #6 and #7

My, how time flies! It seems as if I updated this blog just yesterday, but here we are, almost three weeks later.

This is just a short update to let you know where we stand: Judy saw Dr. Phillips yesterday, and the lab work hints (but not forcefully) that she will have chemo round number 7 next week Tuesday. Her blood values are down, as usual, but we're hoping that she can get on with the program. Otherwise, it'll be yet another week later.

It came as a little bit of a disappointment when Dr. Phillips mentioned that most likely round # 8 will be the end of chemotherapy proper but that Judy will have to undergo "maintenance" treatment. That means that her port will not be removed for months to come and she will have to continue lab work and check-ups on a frequent basis. At this point we don't have any details whatsoever, but Judy was disappointed as she had hoped to get rid of the port, which is at times uncomfortable and will keep us from going back to our diving days as long as she has it.

Oh well. The most important thing is that we continue the recovery and get rid of the cancer completely, regardless of how long that will take.

Jürgen

2 comments:

Adam & Carrie Tungate said...

Things sound good, Judy! I know it can be hard (and you absolutely know it can be hard!), but don't lose heart! You're doing a great job! We love you!

Cindi said...

Hi Judy!
Looks like the cooking making project was going well. I just purchased a set of "industrial" cookie sheets so that I can start baking chocolate chip cookies!

Great to hear that chemo is winding down-bummer about the port staying with you for a tad longer.

Hang in there!!
Hugs,
Cindi :)