Hi friends! I have a few updates from this week, but I’m not feeling well so I’ll keep it short (or try to). Chemo treatment #11 went smoothly on Thursday…..but I do need to clarify a few things.
Last week I *thought* my oncologist said that she was measuring the tumor around 2cm (width) by 4cm (length). When I asked her on Thursday she said she remembered measuring it around 2.5cm (width) by 4cm (length). So I need to change my blog from last week and update that information.
THIS week her measurement was “about 3cm (width) by 4cm (length)”. She said that from last week to this week she didn’t feel any big changes and that we need to keep an eye on the “big picture” ……making sure the tumor is getting softer and smaller over time. I also remember my oncologist in Dallas telling us that these tumors can “swiss cheese” and break up from the inside. My Baton Rouge oncologist said it will be important that my Dallas oncologist can feel a change in the tumor now compared to the last time she examined me this summer.
So, our plan is to keep praying, stay the course, and trust our medical team. I will admit, the closer I get to the end of this “chemo block” (16 treatments), my body is feeling very fatigued and worn down. So as a result, I’m trying to listen to my body and rest, but still make healthy choices every day. I’m hoping I can squeeze in a couple of Orange Theroy workouts this week since I have a break from chemo on Thursday.
Speaking of this “break” from chemo…….my “off” weeks have been more challenging physically because my white blood cell count drops to its lowest 7-14 days after chemo. My throat hurts ALL the time and the steroids they are giving me aren’t very fun. With that being said, I’m still go grateful that God is keeping my body strong enough to fight, and my spirit strong enough to trust in his plan.
We know the Lord is the great physician and we ask every day for healing. Thank you so much for the continued prayers and support. It really means the world to us.
-Holly Hollis Stars-