This post is #129 in a year-long series ... Through this series of posts I plan to share our family's experiences during our 17-year-old daughter's year-long battle with brain cancer, which began in February of 2008. My desire is to process through the events of that year from the perspective that a decade of time has brought ... for myself, really. But if you'd like to follow along, you're welcome to join me.
November 7, 2008
We were greatly encouraged by the news that the radiation had been effective in shrinking and even eliminating some of the tumors on Hannah's spine and brainstem. It made all the trips back and forth to Little Rock, the painful throat, the isolation ... even the hair loss .. all worthwhile! We understood that this put her in a much more favorable position for the new chemotherapy regimen to finish the job. Before we could move forward, though, we needed her ANC to improve!
My email from ten years ago today ...
Just a quick note...the doctor just came by and told us that they are going to keep us one more day. Her ANC (immunity level) has actually dropped a few points today (from 110 to 100) and they just don't want to send her home until her immunity is a little bit stronger...or at least going up instead of down. Hannah is feeling better today, and is ready to go home...but we are glad they're being cautious. Hopefully my update tomorrow will be from home!
Thanks for your prayers....God is good, all the time!
Jill and Brad