We are thankful for the treatment break since June and the last few weeks of multiple appointments has given us huge perspective on what we’ve missed…in a good way! Pet and MRI scans, Hepatologist, Oncologist…even a Dentist appt was piled on last week. We were left with a “now what” feeling after all of it was over. Today we met with Big Nanner Brad’s Oncology Nurse Practitioner. Thankfully Brad loves her but honestly…her sugar coated delivery makes me a little crazy. I much prefer Dr. Pendergrass’ black and white delivery but that is why they make a good team.
Brad starts taking Vectibix tomorrow. So far it will be the only thing he is given and the hope is it works on its’ own. There are two chemos they can add to it and they are researching another drug that is a targeted therapy for his kind of cancer DNA. While it seems great to not be exposed to chemo which causes all kinds of side effects the list of symptoms this new drug offers is quite concerning. Big Nanner promised she has ways to help get rid of the rashes/acne and the crazy carnival freakshow looking eyelash growth can be easily handled at home unless the growth is on the inside of the eye…google it…I’m not posting gross pics here as they have burned into my brain. My husband was great at saying “I’m fine” with the other treatments that could only be detected by his weight, coloring, energy level, hand/feet pain and stomach condition. People say all the time he looks great. Well…this could throw him for a loop and the fact that they said, “the worse the rash the happier we are because it is working” well that is super unsettling. But, we believe her when she says she can make it go away. Hoping for the best.
If tolerated well this treatment can be given for a long time so we are facing the inevitable fact of clinic visits at least every other week and if all goes well that will be it for awhile. We were able to shed the Hepatologist visits with the warning that treatments can cause irreversible liver failure. The only other option is to leave his tumors alone to grow and attack so this is the best option for both his cancer DNA, full body side effects and liver health. We trust Dr. Pendergrass and God’s plan so we will renew our amour and get ready for the new battle.
Thank you for your continued prayers, we rely on them and feel your support.
**Please pray for mild side effects, no further liver damage, his stomach side effects to be minimal and for him to continue to feel well enough to gain weight.
**Please pray for the kids and I to be the best support system we can offer him and to stay strong and productive in our own paths.
Family Fall fun included lots of football, soccer and dancing. It is bittersweet to celebrate Whitney and the 8 senior dancers’ last year together but we are beyond proud. She is co-captain of the team and leads them well. Next up is Competition Season…but first let the Nutcracker festivities commence!