Thursday, August 23, 2007

Mr. Springfield takes the cake

Hello, everyone,

What a month this has been.

It's a good thing we had our Tunica trip to temper all of the other crap. Sahara's really been put through the wringer these last few days/weeks.

We had to have a CT scan to make sure her shunt was working properly (it is). Her blood pressure has been raging, and after trying three different medications, we are finally seeing some improvement.

But then came the MRI. The tumor has grown a bit, and it completely bowled us over. I'd had my suspicions about it, and had noticed subtle changes in her, especially in recent weeks.

To actually hear something other than "stable" was such a shock. We told Sahara, and she was so calm...I don't know how she does it. She thanked us for telling her. Can you believe that???

Anyway, her medicine dosage has been raised, and hopefully we'll fight off any further progression. It stopped it once before, and with luck it'll stop it again.

We had to lower her dosage when she was sick in April, and we had not gotten it back up to the max since then. When she first started treatment, she was so tolerant of it that she reached the max very quickly...and it apparently stopped the tumor in its tracks, making it stable ever since January.

We need your prayers that her body will be able to tolerate the high dosage once more.

So, for the last few days, I've been in a real funk. An angry, frustrated, debilitating funk that left me not wanting to talk to anyone or deal with anything in cancerland. But I'm coming out of it. Shannon and I are more determined than ever... and we've got some things on the back burner. Just in case.

Thanks to everyone for your continued love and prayers. We couldn't get through this without you. Just keep on praying... maybe a little harder this week if you can.

On a brighter note, today is Rick's birthday, so everybody needs to watch GH in his honor. On Friday, he sings on the show for the first time ever. How cool is that???

With love,