Sunday, July 26, 2009

Round 8 Recap

Prayer Warriors,

Sorry I have been a little late on posting a new update. Everybody has been so great about checking in with me in one format or another (thanks to all this good modern technology and forums in which to communicate!) I have to say I feel truly blessed with how the chemo treatments went in round 8, and even here the week after round 8 with my low point in my counts. I have felt pretty much normal for the most part and the chemo hasn't given me any side effects to speak of. I have been a ton more active (walking in pool, and walking) and its helped my energy levels and how my body feels overall. I waited about ten days longer in between the 7th and 8th rounds then normal. I think this really helped my overall body feeling, and also allowed for some great time with family and friends in both Seattle, and Missouri.
It was great getting to spend nearly a month with all my sisters. People always ask me how I ever got along having FOUR YOUNGER sisters, and the four of them make that answer easy for me. Its actually really cool because each of them are great friends in their own unique way so its not like the Ramona Quimby effect that we all imagine with the bratty little sister! haha.

I go back to Houston on Aug 11/12 for a couple days to meet with Dr. Araujo and do another full body scan (pet/ct) and heart exam. I am done doing treatments in Houston for now, and will begin to do a smaller chemo plan at Siteman Cancer Center in St.Louis which will be about an hour per day for ten day cycles. That will start in mid August sometime. I will detail that plan for all of you once I meet with her in a few weeks. She has given me the names of the drugs that I will be taking and I thought you guys would get a kick out of knowing that one of the drugs is irinotecan aka "I ran to the can" Anyways that gave me a good chuckle when they told me about that.
I have been doing much better with my "anxiety" that I have shared with many of you, which was really my only issue during these 8 rounds of chemo. The last 45 days or so have been tremendously better with some of the racing thoughts, uncertainties, all those things. I have felt so much better about my healing and working hard toward moving back into being me again. I am going to do a separate post in the coming weeks as summer comes to a close in August detailing some of the great activities I have gotten to do over the summer, including the wonderful pasta feed/marathon weekend which we posted several pictures already.
I wanted to make sure everybody had an update on how I got thru that last round of the big stuff for now, and really I feel super. I hope everyone is having a great summer, its been a summer to remember in Seattle with temperatures, and St.Louis has been remarkably pleasant from its traditional hot and humid ways. The uplifting in prayer from around the globe has been so meaningful to me, I know the prayers are working so thank you for the commitment, and thoughtfulness. Talk to you soon!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Round #8

Andrew and our mother are in Houston right now for Andrew's 8th round of chemo. They flew down Monday night and Andrew had a few tests today and then tomorrow he will start chemo. They will be there through Monday morning then Andrew will return to St. Louis to rest and recover. Andrew will have to fly back down to Houston for a PET scan and meeting with Dr. Araujo in a few weeks.

Please keep Andrew in your prayers and thoughts this week as he receives his last big round of chemo. From here, the plan seems to be more chemo, but at a lower dose and the ability to receive the treatments in St. Louis. But there is still not a firm plan, so we will keep you posted when we learn something new after his meeting with Dr. Araujo.

Thank you and have a great week!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Rock N' Roll Seattle Marathon

Daniel Shapiro, a long-time friend of Andrew's ran his marathon last Saturday morning in honor of Andrew. He helped raise a lot of awareness and support for Andrew by running this marathon. Daniel, a big thank you to you! You are awesome and I would also like to say that Daniel completed his marathon in under 4 hours. Way to go! Our family was waiting at the finish line to cheer him on and we luckily spotted him cross the finish line then caught up with him afterwards. A camera crew followed Daniel through the whole marathon so Daniel and Andrew were interviewed directly afterwards. I'm still searching the web to try and find the video. I believe it was KCPC channel 13.

Thank you Daniel!

Pasta Feed Pictures

What a great evening we had last Friday night at the UW! First of all, a huge thank you to Spencer Hawes, Matt Wade and all the vendors and volunteers who helped make the evening successful. We had a great turnout of local folks and also had a good showing of some NBA players. KJR sports radio was reporting live from the venue, so click here to listen to Andrew's interview.

Enjoy the pictures!