Encouraging news: Brentuximab is working

Bradley and I headed to MD Anderson early this morning so I could get prepped for my PET scan. I had my scan and met with Dr. Nunez a few hours later. He pulled up my PET scan from January and compared it today's scan. Today's PET scan showed incredible improvement. In the previous scan the node that showed cancerous activity was 2.5 centimeters. Today, that node is only 1.9 centimeters and the concentration of cancerous activity is dramatically, beautifully less!!

Dr. Nunez was extremely encouraged, as is my family!! Of course, our ultimate goal is a scan that would say I am cancer free. Today marks a day we are closer to that goal. This is the closest to remission I have ever been.

We will continue with Brentuximab. I will have either one more round (2 treatments, 6 weeks) or two more rounds (4 treatments, 12 weeks) depending on the input and readiness of the transplant doctors.

Today was a great day. The Redds (the family who took us into their home in Houston) were amazing and so very gracious to Brad and me. And I finally got to share good news with Bradley (and my family).

God is holding me in the palm of his hand. When my faith is weak, I think I would prefer the safe, easy, stable ground where I can see what lies ahead. But I know that, although I can't control everything or see what lies ahead, beautiful peace and grace are with me in the palm of the Lord's hand.

4 comments (Add your own)

1. David Kever wrote:
Psalm 57:1 has helped me a great deal in my battle with cancer. "In the shadow of your wing I will hide myself until this calamity passes by."
May the LORD bless you and keep you in the shadow of His hand.

Tue, March 19, 2013 @ 5:43 PM

2. Lisa Boehmer wrote:
YAY!!!!! Lorelei that is WONDERFUL NEWS!!! I think everyone who reads this will be ready eyed! You deserve such amazing news!!!!! I so very proud of you!!!! Yay!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!! You got this girl! I always knew you could do this just from listening to you speak. You are an inspiration to us all and I am honored to know you sweet girl!!!!!!

Tue, March 19, 2013 @ 8:58 PM

3. Lisa Boehmer wrote:
* teary eyed!!! See my eyes were filled with joyous tears I even proof read my comment and didn't catch that!!! Just so happy for this long awaited Amazing News!!! Xoxoxoxo

Tue, March 19, 2013 @ 9:01 PM

4. Laura Stanlake wrote:
I am absolutely and joyously happy for you. That is that best thing I've read in a long, long time.

Tue, March 19, 2013 @ 10:31 PM

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