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Friday, August 27, 2010

What's Happening?



I had the CT scan. It showed cancer in all the lymph nods in the lower part of my stomach. The largest one is 3cm and a normal lymph nod is 3mm. There is also a 7cm mass of fluid. They don't know if it is cancer or just something left over from surgery. Either way the numbers are up and so the doctors have decided to start chemo again.

I have my first infusion of the new chemo today. Just like all the other times I will do three rounds and then a scan then three more rounds and a scan. We don't know for sure how many rounds we will start with 6. I will have chemo treatments once every four weeks. This is a slow acting chemo so the chemo treatments are spaced four weeks apart. I should be getting a scan again in Oct or the first of Nov.

I am on Doxil (Antineoplastic Agent, Anthracycline), Cytoxan (Antineplastic Agent, Alkylating Agent) and Aromasin (not an infusion just a hormone replacement. There are some really different side effects with these two drugs and some the same. We will wait and see what they bring to me.

I am so grateful that I didn't have to do chemo through the summer. I was able to enjoy my kids this summer. I have to say I am sad summer is pretty much over. My kids just keep getting older and bigger. I am sad it just means less time before they are gone. I hope they will always remember all the fun times and not all the fighting. I have been truly blessed to be able to continue to watch my kids grow up. I am thankful to my Heavenly Father and all of his many great blessing he has given me. Thank you to all of you that continue to pray for me and my family. I know that your prayers and mine are being answered. We have seen many miracles happen.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love you Rochelle! You are an amazing woman of faith. We are praying for you and your family. Thanks for keeping us posted.

Love,
Kati

lindsay>boo said...

You always continue to amaze and inspire me! You will definitely be in my prayers. Hang in there and keep us updated when you have a chance!

Sara said...

Keep fighting, sending you much love and good wishes your way.

Heather said...

We will keep you and your wonderful family in our prayers. Sending lots of love your way!

Cathy said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers always. You are a fighter and will beat this! Such an example to everyone around you.

Mandy Rasmussen said...

Praying and thinking of you. You are an inspiration!!

Gillespie Family said...

You and your family are always in our prayers! Tears fell as I read your blog today. Your so right!! Kids get big fast and time flys....
Today my oldest Brittany got her drivers license. So many emotions run through my heart and veins as I am happy she passed,scared for her to drive,and sad I am getting older as she will be in College in a few years.The twins start middle school and I am blessed they still need mom as without my kids I am nothing! Rochelle keep strong and always know so many of us Love you and continue to keep you in our prayers. Your going to beat this! You are the strongest woman I have ever met. You are the miracle in all our lives as you give us all hope, faith,strength and courage to be better mothers, fathers, siblings, and Love the lord and others with all our hearts. Please continue to post updates I know its tough with 3 little ones. School just around the corner and sports begin for fall. Hope to see you at football games with Cole.Hows that cute puppy doing? getting big I am sure. Well lots of Love to all of you ,
Cheryl & family

Anonymous said...

Rochelle you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for the update and so sorry to hear of the struggles. Will you be doing treatment in Tri Cities or Az.? I might have missed that. Stay strong, let others help and enjoy the times with family.
Your loved by so many.
Kathie Walla Walla

Candie said...

Rochelle, tears streamed down my eyes when I read your post today. I had to take a moment and thank the good Lord above for my own blessings. I keep praying for you and your family. Your strength is hope! And miracles do indeed happen. Keep strong!

natallie said...

my thoughts were the same as others. YOU ARE AMAZING. everything you have going on and you still manage to be the best host and think so much of others. let's keep those miracles coming :)

Brandee Hogg said...

Rochelle,

Thank you so much for the update. You have been on my mind a lot. Keep your spirits up and know that I am thinking of you and if you need anything at all, I am here for you, as we all are. Braydon would still like to hang out with Cole, so anytime your ready just give us a call and we will gladly take him.

We love you and continue to be amazed by your strength, courage and faith. Hang in there! We're praying for miracles!!

Talk to you soon,
Brandee

tharker said...

You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, Rochelle. Love to you and your sweet family!!