MAY 31, 2012

We are back from an amazing and much needed vacation, island hopping in the BVI’s. We had a blast with an amazing group of friends and family! No cell phones, internet (for the most part) or computers for 9 days… I can’t remember the last time we did that. Now back to reality…

OncoType Test

We thought we wouldn’t hear any new news until our doctors appointment on the 7th but we got an early call from the Oncologist today. The results from the Oncotype Test came back, that is what we have been waiting on since our last visit to the oncologist. This is the test that determines the DNA of the tissue and tumor and helps the doctor determine how aggressive the chemo will be. The test is scaled 1-18 needing least aggressive chemo, 18-31 needing aggressive chemo and 31 and above needing the most aggressive chemo. Her test came back at 30. We weren’t really expecting it to be this high, but we hope that since the doctors will be treating it very aggressive, this will mean it will be gone for good!

We have scheduled her first round of chemo, Thursday June 14th. She has to go back into outpatient surgery next week to get a port put in on her upper chest, which will remain in for a year after her last treatment. The port allows them to administer chemo and draw blood work from the same entry point. This way she doesn’t have to get poked with a needle each appointment. Next week she also gets a MUGA scan, to make sure her heart can physically handle the chemo treatment, and a CT scan of the head, to make sure the cancer did not spread to her brain, it is the only place the doctors have not looked.

The treatment is expected to last 6 months, occurring every two weeks. However, this schedule, we are told is subject to change, depending on how her white blood cell count looks after every treatment. She will have to go in the day after her chemo treatment to get a shot to build bone marrow, that will help grow the white blood cell count. We are told this is one of the most painful processess, but if you are in pain it is a good sign that the white blood cells count is growing.

Its a lot to digest, but we now know when treatment begins and an idea of the schedule she will be on for the next 7-8 months. She will follow the chemo with six weeks of radiation and a five year oral chemo. We are both anxious to get this started and on the road to recovery. Thanks for your calls and prayers. We appreciate every one of you.

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10 Responses to MAY 31, 2012

  1. Marlo says:

    Thinking about you both each and every day with constant prayers and support. Nothing can prepare you for the road ahead but always know you have tons of family and friends to lean on as support to carry you through to the end with great strength and positive outcome. Love you both very much and I am so glad you enjoyed the islands and I look forward to seeing you both in the islands again 🙂

  2. Charlotte (Nanny) Eagle says:

    Hey Derek and Heather! Thanks for keeping us posted. I am so glad that you both got to go on the wonderful vacation before starting Heather’s treatments. Just know that if you need me I am here and I will help both of you in any way. I love you both and my prayers are with you.

  3. Ms Risa says:

    Lots of Love and Prayers!!! We will WIN this battle and be back in the islands to Celerbrate!!!

  4. Sharon Kanitz says:

    Glad you had a great vaca. You are in our thoughts and prayers. SK & KK

  5. Laura Baxter says:

    Heather, Thinking of you throughout all of this! Praying for a hedge of protection and peace for you and your family!
    Laura Baxter

  6. Claudia Stallings says:

    Thought about your island trip all week and how much fun you were all having. You are loved and adored by so many. Keep a journal – include what is happening to your body, mind, & soul. Write down funny things that people say. Derek, keep one as her soul mate.

  7. rara rhodes berry says:

    I love you once. I love you twice. I love you more than beans and rice.

  8. Beth Mason says:

    You are strong, you are loved, your journey will aided by your innate zest for life and humorous outlook….you will go thru this with your inner beauty shinning so brightly you will dazzle and inspire all that know you. Gratitude for all your blessings will overshadow the trials. Derek’s love will help you daily and you will feel yourself heal every time he touches you. He will hold your hand and help you walk down this path that will be lined with loving friends and family. Hugs, help and welcomed humor will be plentiful and time will pass quickly. This I know.

  9. susan says:

    Heather my thoughts and prayers are with u every day. Have strength! Never never be afraid to seek any help u will need or want.

  10. susan says:

    Hope u are OK after today. Still thinking of u

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