Since the stomach bug passed two weeks ago, Emily has progressively gotten better and better, and now she’s feeling completely healthy and normal! She’s regained her appetite and nearly eaten us out of house and home -she gained back the three pounds lost and even gained one more pound! She’s been asking for food constantly; it’s as if she’s been on steroids for the last two weeks. Plus, helping her weight gain along is this organic kids nutrition shake I discovered at our local Costco, Orgain Healthy Kids (developed by a doctor/cancer survivor!). I like to make green smoothies at home, and usually Emily drinks them, but a new “chocolate milk” was just what she needed to add some good minerals and vitamins back into her diet.
I don’t think I mentioned it here, but Emily had some trouble with her at-home chemo for the first three weeks of December -it made her immune system very weak -so it was put on hold for that time. Thankfully she was able to restart the day after Christmas at a 50% dose, and it looks like she’ll be able to go up in dosage soon, since her immune system has been very strong recently. While I sort of like the idea of her being off chemo, it’s also a relief to be back on. I hate chemo. I hate poison coursing through her body. But I know this poison is killing any last remaining cancer cells, and I want it to do its job completely. I don’t want one single cancer cell left hiding somewhere, waiting to reappear when her treatment is done. I came across this short video the other day that does a good job of explaining conventional treatment.
After Emily was diagnosed, Jason and I did a lot of searching for alternative treatments. And there is a LOT of info out there. But it didn’t take us long to decide that, even though chemo sucks -and it kills her healthy cells along with the cancer cells -and it doesn’t always work -and there are a lot of risks, even long-term risks -it’s the most proven method of treatment. You’ve heard this many times, but we are grateful for the hospital and team of medical professionals she’s fortunate enough to have. We have a lot of trust in them, and of course, ultimately we are trusting her health to God. So I’m glad to be back on track with her treatment!
Speaking of on track, we are actually in the countdown to completion! Emily is scheduled to finish her treatment regimen at the end of June, 2014! I’m not counting days yet, but it’s cool to see the finish line 🙂
And just for fun, here’s a 2 minute clip of Emily on Friday evening. It was about 6:30 pm, and she had spent the entire day at the hospital getting her spinal tap with chemo, her monthly infusion of chemo, and her monthly infusion of antibiotic. Yet she was full of energy!!