The new tumor above Lorelei's collarbone will be biopsied Wednesday morning. We need to know what it is before beginning radiation. Our hope is that radiation will be enough to kill it if it is indeed cancer. (Doctor estimated a 75% likelihood it's malignant.) We'll be thrilled if we find out it's just scar tissue, but it grew in the few weeks since the transplant so we aren't holding our breath.
Learning of this new mass (and that the main mass in her chest is not actually any smaller) was devastating at first. Lorelei truly took it as a death sentence. She felt like there were no more options to fight her cancer if the transplant didn't work. It was very scary watching the light drain from Lorelei's eyes. It took about 24 hours for her fighting spirit to return. I have to confess it's taken her mom longer. I'm telling God "I'm going to fight You, but I want You to win."
There are options. Radiation is curative. We'll explore all options past that bridge if we come to it. We also know a second transplant using a donor may be more effective. Lorelei's sister Hannah is a good match and is willing. At this point we are praying that wont be necessary.
Lorelei's brother Dustin is home on a short pass but will be on his way to Afghanistan later this week. We're enjoying lots of quality family time while he's home. It's definitely helping us all to be able to hug him. He's so strong and exudes complete confidence that God is control; it's infectious.
The Thunder gave Lorelei tickets to the game tonight vs. the Spurs and she's turned it into a double date with Dustin and Samantha.
Posted on Mon, December 17, 2012
by Andrea Decker