Plans change, but God's timing is perfect!

Lots of news to report. First, the results of Lorelei's PET scan last Friday were great. She's not yet cancer free but her scan showed remarkable improvement. That means the cancer is responding as we had hoped to the RICE chemo. It was sooooo encouraging for Lorelei to finally receive good news from a PET scan. Thank you to all who prayed for her through her anxiety over this.

The MRI looking for the source of Lorelei's back pain did not show anything remarkable. Likely she is experiencing pain related to her scoliosis and her new largely sedentary lifestyle. She'll change that once she's beat this cancer monster.

The Bone Marrow Biopsy Lorelei had last Thursday shows her marrow to be clear of cancer! So, that means she'll get to use her own stem cells and Hannah is "off the hook." ;) This means the transplant will be called an "Autologous Stem Cell Transplant."

Lorelei's transplant oncologist does want her to go ahead and undergo a third round of RICE chemo. So, she'll check into Baptist next Monday Sept. 24 to begin that. (It's what's best for Lorelei to achieve the most positive outcome and has nothing to do with having to wait for a bed.) She'll be there for four days and on Friday Sept 28 she will have a neulasta shot.

Also, while Lorelei is in the hospital this time she will undergo another procedure to replace the Hickman catheter she currently has with one that is bigger and designed for dialysis. The one that is in place is too small and may collapse during the process. Rather than having to use Lorelei's veins (one in each arm for four days) we believe a new catheter is best. They can replace it with a less invasive procedure than the first because they can insert a "guide wire" through the current one and slide it off and then place the new one via the guide wire. It should be something they can do via conscious sedation instead of general anesthesia.

Then about 11 days after this third round of RICE, around October 8 or 9, she'll begin Neupagen injections. These Neupagen injections will stimulate her bone marrow to begin producing white blood cells at a very accelerated rate. A normal white count is 10,000 but these might cause her counts to rise to 30 or 40,000. She'll go to OBI (Oklahoma Blood Institute) each day to test her CBC. When her counts are high enough they will begin to harvest her cells. They will do this daily (over a period of about four hours) for three or four days till they have enough cells stored. The dialysis process will remove her blood from one of the lumens of her catheter, extract the white cells (containing stem cells), heat everything else back up and then put it back through the other lumen. The white cells will be transported over to OU for treatment and storage until it's time for the transplant.

The plan is for Lorelei to check into OU on Friday the 19th of October to begin the high dose chemo for the transplant. Knowing plans change, it could be as late as October 25 that this actually begins. Once it has begun she should plan to be in the hospital for about four weeks. We hope to bring our newly cancer free daughter home before Thanksgiving!

7 comments (Add your own)

1. Katie wrote:
To me that is great news!! My brother and i talk about her everytime we see each other because he knew her better. I pray for her to get through this and be able to spend the holidays CANCER FREE!!!! Seems like its far away, but it will happen quickly and hopefully all be a thing of the past by christmas!! I would donate whatever i could, blood, cells, etc but being pregnant i cant do any of that. I love that things are on the right track!!

Wed, September 19, 2012 @ 12:47 PM

2. Chad Jaggers wrote:
Great news! We'll continue to pray for Lorelei and family. I pray that this will be your best and most thankful Thanksgiving holiday!

Wed, September 19, 2012 @ 2:51 PM

3. Alecia wrote:
Yay!!!! Praise the excited to hear all this great news. Praying for complete healing in Jesus name!!!

Wed, September 19, 2012 @ 4:10 PM

4. Michelle Ross wrote:
I am so happy to hear the news!!! I have been praying for you every day.. I am going to make it up to the hospital for a visit. I would love you meet your precious daughter!! Keep strong!!

Wed, September 19, 2012 @ 4:15 PM

5. Dianne Boles wrote:
I am so glad she had a better report. She looks so good sitting there getting chemo. Still praying for her.

Wed, September 19, 2012 @ 8:27 PM

6. Sharon Hendricks wrote:
Praise the Lord for a good report and a new plan for recovery. You will continue to be in my daily prayers!

Thu, September 20, 2012 @ 3:04 PM

7. Bastian wrote:
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