HEALTH UPDATE: I’m at UW Hospital as I write this update. Drip, drip, drippity, drip! On the last drug for this day, the third chemo treatment. I’ll get hooked up to my pump and back home to my darlings. I’ll come back on Friday for pump removal and to have infused a bag of fluids and some iron. I’m so tired and I’ve been anemic for months so why not try?!
BREAKING NEWS: Not to be confused with fake news, although I cannot believe it is real. We’ve gotten some incredibly hopeful news today. I’ve done it again! My tumor monster genetic testing came back crazy rare! Crazy rare, crazy good! I am not going to even try to explain this in medical terms. These are my terms. The usual number of mutations in a tumor is around 0-10. Guess how many tumor monster has? THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY TWO! Mutations, especially at high levels, are sensitive to immunotherapy. I will now qualify for a trial of immunotherapy. ! I need to complete 4 months of the chemo I’m on before I can start. I will be half way there at the end of January. We won’t start it until the current chemo I’m using is not working anymore. This is what HOPE looks like friends!!!! Your prayers are working! Thank you!!!
It feels incredible to hear hopeful news. It is shocking, just like all the terrible news before it. My head is thrashing. Be excited! Be careful! There are no guarantees. There could certainly be more devastating news. This entire process is one wild mystery novel with more twists and turns than a sock hop in the 50’s. I think I’m thriving on the drama. When did I become a drama queen? I will put the drama element on the back burner tonight and snuggle my family a little tighter with a bigger smile on my face. I will savor this moment of amazing hope and thank God, once again, for every gift of every day.