Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Year In The Review

In January Lisa began the year on a sour note with scans showing the disease had spread and chemo needed to begin right away. She ended the month dancing to a different tune in her first ballet class and a trip to Muskegon with her sibs for a weekend winter camp.

February began with more chemo and getting admitted to MOTT a couple times due to flu and dehydration. She had a rough week or two but scans later in the month indicated a slight decrease of the disease. She also began loosing her hair again.

March came and went quickly with a couple rounds of chemo that Lisa sailed right through with little side effects.

April scans brought good news that that the chemo was still working and we celebrated the news with a trip to Frankenmuth, where the seed of the second BLAST fundraiser germinated.

It was May and we were off to chemo again. Lisa endured another hair cut and became a star at a fashion show.

June began with with one BLAST and ended with a slew of other blasts.

July was quiet but Lisa did start a new chemo regimen.

In August Lisa was able to begin participating in a new study but by mid-month we received news that the disease was again progressing. We did manage to make it to N.C. for our vacation though. On the 31st we celebrated Lisa's 7th birthday.

September came and went with little news but by the end of the month we were holding our breadth for the next round of scan results.

In October Linda reentered the workforce, but Lisa's scans show the cancer was nearly out of control. After a miserable couple weeks we discovered Lisa had a medium sized tumor in brain that needed to be addressed immediately. Another hair cut, another operation, and another recovery. What a warrior!

November came and went with 12 sessions of radiation.

December found us drained but we rallied and had a great month filled with family and friends and holiday parties and a couple trips to the new MOTT. We're thankful to so many that have helped us through the year.

2012 begins with a week off for the kids and I (Mike). I'm not sure yet what we're doing this week but I'm not sitting around the house for the next nine days. I'll probably load the car with a few of the kids and head north. The second week of January is a scan week for Lisa who as I'm typing this is hopping around the family room looking and feeling "awesome". Let's pray and hope and make 2012 a great year.

Thank you so much everyone.

1 comment:

Lynn Zott said...

Happy New Year, McMasters!! Enjoy your week off! Sending you all loving, healing, energy and some positive vibes for good measure. xo