Dear friends and family,
Gabrielle here. I am overwhelmed with joy, gratitude, and relief that my scan today was good! The only thing in the entire scan that was still larger than normal was one lymph node. It's not "way" bigger than a normal lymph node, but they do think it had cancer in it before. It has shrunk by more than half, but the last round of chemo did not shrink it more. But neither did it grow. It is "stable," which in the cancer world is good news.
The oncologist said I get a nine-week break from chemo, effective immediately because of this good scan! I will receive (and had the first one today) an infusion of Avastin every three weeks as a maintenance drug. It is the drug that prevents the formation of tiny blood vessels that feed cancer cells. In most cases it has few side effects, though two it does have are bloody noses and possible increased blood pressure. I have to just live with the bloody noses, but they will keep an eye on the blood pressure. If you see me roaming Seattle in stained t-shirts, it's from the bloody noses that I don't always catch in time! Gross! I hope you are not eating as you read this! ;-)
Another bit of information you might be interested in is that my genetic screening came back and they found one--and only one--gene mutation in me. I am a "carrier" of this gene mutation. It may or may not have made me more susceptible to cancer. Thus, Steve, Renee, Daniel, and I will be getting genetic counseling at the U of W to learn more and see whether or not Steve is a carrier (pray he is not) and how it may or may not affect the kids in the years ahead. Please pray it won't!
Lastly, my CA-125 was back down to 12.3--the level it was at last time I was declared in remission. So hooray for that too.
Would you please continue to pray for my complete healing, which would be a major miracle? Let's let God show my oncology team that a "three-year or less" life expectancy is only a statistic...and neither you nor I are statistics! :-)
Off I run into the kitchen now to prepare a celebratory dinner of my favorite protein in the world--King Salmon. Our friends and neighbors, Laura and Jerry, will join us and fierce rounds of canasta will follow our feast. "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever." Psa. 107:1
Love and hugs to ALL!!!
P.S. Please continue your prayers for my friend, Jeanie, that her upcoming surgery on Sept. 3 will be able to take place as hoped for. Thank you!