Whew, what a roller coaster ride the past 2 weeks have been.
We were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Aria Zanne on July 2nd. Among all the chaos of our circumstances God blessed us by allowing me to go into labor naturally at 38 1/2 weeks, only have 8 hours of labor and deliver a healthy baby.
Brandon's biopsy was supposed to be that same day, so we had to reschedule. However, upon arrival to Labor & Delivery Brandon was feeling ill and had been fighting a fever the past 12 hours, so his oncologist told him to go get checked out in the ER, so against everything he wanted to do, he headed to the ER while I was in labor. Thankfully we hired a doula who was there by my side for the 3ish hours Brandon was getting blood work, a CT scan and xray. He made it back in time (with wheelchair escort service and a lovely hospital gown) for my epidural to kick in and for the birth. Huge thanks to the team at Exempla Lutheran Hospital for working so hard to get him looked at and back up to me in L&D. In the end they could not find any signs of infections and released him with some meds.
On Monday he had the biopsy, and they were actually able to get samples of both the neck and the abdomen. There was confusion about a third location in his back, but it turns out that was some sort of miscommunication. The preliminary results of the neck were not obviously cancer, which got our hopes up really, really high. However, Tuesday evening we got the news that it is indeed a recurrence of the colon cancer in both locations.
Today Brandon met with the oncologist for the plan. He will start chemo on Monday (14th) and will be the same regiment as the last time, except using the modifications that we figured out along the way last time. And, the plan is for 8 rounds of treatment (last time was 12) then a PET scan that will HOPEFULLY, Lord willing, reveal remission.
He will go in on Monday, get chemo for a few hours then get hooked up to a pump to come home with til Wednesday disconnect, then in on Thursday for a white blood cell booster shot and repeat every other week. This time we will start off right away with an anti-nausea med called Emend that was a huge help, a 10% reduction of the chemo, half dose of the Avastin and some additional new concoctions the doctor has found to help other patients.
Our oncologist spoke very optimistically of getting Brandon back into remission based on how he responded last time and how long we kept it at bay. This is very hopeful for us all, as this doctor never said that the first time around.
So, please join us in Praise and Prayer:
-God allowed us to find this early. His next PET was not til August, and of course the earlier caught the better.
-We are blessed with a beautiful daughter to bring joy to this difficult time.
-My lupus has been under control after birth, against all odds
-The support of our families has been absolutely unbelievable.
-Pray that Brandon responds better to the treatment then last time, allowing him to still be active in life during treatment
-Pray that the 8 treatments are more then enough to return to remission!
-Pray that God fills us with the strength we all need to get through this together, it will not be easy.