When I started taking Ibrance towards the end of 2016 I read that the drug doubled the median progression-free survival time for many patients and I remember thinking – “Oh my gosh, 6 months would be fantastic! I haven’t made it 3 months without something new popping up. Half a year without playing Whack-a-Mole would be miraculous!” Instead, I enjoyed an entire year of good reports and no progression. I was thrilled to share that with y’all.
As we start the new year I’ll be starting a new medication, Xeloda. After reviewing a scan I had last week the consensus is that there has been some progression of the disease sometime in the last 4 months and it’s time to move on from Ibrance. Thankfully, this also means I get to discontinue the Faslodex shots, too. Leaving behind 2 shots in the rump every 28 days doesn’t make me even a little sad! I’m also so grateful to be able to say that I really feel good; I have relatively no pain and very minimal fatigue. Praise Jesus!
Please join me in prayer –
- Praise God for His many blessings. I am so thankful to feel good, to have an amazing care team at MD Anderson, to have an unbelievable support system of family & friends, and most of all for His grace & mercy.
- Pray for the medication to be effective, minimal side effects – specifically that I will not experience nausea, hand and foot syndrome, or anything that prevents me from continuing to work – and for continued peace.
- Pray that in all things God will continue to be glorified.
Now on to the new year! Clark & I are looking forward to fun times with family and friends and some great trips – we’re visiting Denali over a long Memorial Day weekend and getting to San Francisco to take in an Astros game in August. Wishing you all a joy-filled 2018!
“…we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be strongly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and steadfast. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus our forerunner has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” Heb 6:18-19