Karen's doing well, peacefully sleeping off the effects of her eleventh chemo. Between one thing and another I am a day late in my updates. Thanks to Cynthia who paid a surprise visit from Dallas on Saturday. It was great to see her and as always Cyn was a big help with the kids.
Things are firming up now. Karen's surgery is set for the 23rd of November, the day after Thanksgiving. We have a number of appointments, screens, tests, scans and consultations leading up to that. Not to mention the minor detail of how to pay for it still hanging out there. These are all tactical items and very manageable.
Shaken but not stirred: We have recovered after last week's ups and downs are moving ahead with a positive and determined attitude. It bears mentioning once again that Dr. Dan is a tremendously caring individual and we are very grateful for all the efforts he has put in thus far.
Since last week a number of folks have written notes, lit candles, sent mass cards, said prayers, held masses and so on. This is tremendously encouraging. It reminds us that we are not alone in this journey and we are very grateful.
Some very encouraging news came today in the form of the biopsy results from Karen's last colonoscopy. Dr Lipsky took numerous biopsies from inside Karen's colon in the area where the primary tumor had been. After analysis in the lab, these tissues have all come back negative for cancer which is great news.
This is just additional tangible progress and we're chalking it up as one more in the win-column. If there was a sequence of events by which a patient would make a full recovery than surely Karen is on that path.