Monday, March 28, 2011

Popsicle Party

Yeah.....once again, Lisa sailed thru chemo last week.  While she gets a little more tired than usual, it doesn't stop her from having a Popsicle party with her Motts' buddies!

So far so good, no bad side effects this week.  She goes for scans next week which again will let us know if the chemo is stopping the cancer from progressing.  It is the best we can hope for at this point.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Spring!

Things have going very well.  Lisa sailed thru the last chemo round without a hitch. The weather here in Michigan has been warming up and we've been able to wear our lighter jackets a few times in the last week.  Lisa loves being outside and going for walks.  Only problem is the spring weather seems to bring on spring colds.  Lisa is sniffling and coughing since Friday.  While normally not something to be alarmed about, it always makes me nervous when she enters a chemo week with her immunity down.  We start another round of chemo today and I'm hoping the cold doesn't throw her off track!

Keep your fingers crossed and send up a few extra prayers that she sails thru chemo this week!

Happy Spring...yeah!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

See the PSA of Lisa with Gerard Butler on YouTube

Lisa has been doing awesome.  She sailed thru her last chemo without a hitch.  She continues to go to school for 1/2 day of kindergarten and then returns home to run laps around the house, boss everyone around and then take a 2 hour nap in the late afternoon.  She's even started kicking a soccer ball which may not seem like much, but it's tremendous giving the instability and pain she's always had in her legs!

We received news today that the Public Service Announcement that her Kids Kicking Cancer class did with Gerard Butler was finally posted on YouTube.  We are hoping soon that it hits the public television exciting!!  

You can view the video here:

Keep praying and keep living every day to its fullest!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lisa is doing great

Well....Lisa seems to have sailed right through the chemo last week and we are mid-way thru the "week after" and she still looks good, feels good and is running around.  I'm starting to think chemo is laced with caffeine!

Her limited side effects from the chemo this time give us hope that she can continue on the drugs for a while and that last month was just a fluke caused by some virus.  At this point, all we really have are these drugs because she is responding and the studies that are available are just that...studies.  There is no known success rate  and putting her into one of the studies would mean she would have to discontinue the chemo.  Doc's feeling at this time is that this chemo combination has been effective in the past and scans show that at this point the chemo is keeping cancer at bay so it's in her best interest to keep her on it.  In other words, if it ain't broke don't fix it...unless something comes along that we know will work better or her body starts shutting down from the toxicity level of the chemo we stick with it.

So...while it's not the miracle of a cure or all cancer is gives us the one thing many of us wish we had...more time.  She has been fighting for nearly 3 years now, almost double the 18 mos they originally predicted. I continue to pray that she will just keep going and going like the energizer bunny she appears to be.  She is so remarkable in her wisdom and attitude for such a young age, I can't imagine her succumbing to this horrible disease.  So I continue to pray, keep my fingers crossed and remind myself to breath and be thankful for each truly is a gift.