Progress Made!

Greetings, everyone, on this Thursday afternoon!

 It was a long time between the CT scan last Friday and the meeting today with my oncologist, Dr. Agostino. But, what a great meeting it was!  She showed us the CT scan from April, before chemo started, and the one from last week.  What a huge difference!  The cancer is out of the lymph nodes and she said there was about a 75% reduction in the cancer overall.  You can just imagine the smiles on the faces of Carl, Kristin and me.

As for what’s in store next…..  Both Dr. Agostino and Dr. Ku, my medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering, think that I should move to maintenance chemo rather than going to a liver-directed treatment.  Their reasoning was that since the cancer had spread outside the liver, there was no guarantee that all these cancer cells were dead. If we just focus on the liver, there could be a loose cell that sets up shop somewhere else in my body so best to continue to treat my full body.  Also, even though the liver is our most resilient organ, it can only tolerate so much.  If the focus is just on the liver and the cancer spreads again, my liver may not be capable of handling that chemo.  Can’t argue any of that logic. 

We’ll still consult with the other oncologists we’ve been working with just to get their opinions but, as for now, I’ll be back in chemo next Tuesday.  At least the more toxic chemo is over and it will only be a 1 1/2 hours infusion instead of 3 1/2 hours.  Each cycle will be 3 weeks of chemo followed by a week off.  I’ll gladly move into this new schedule since we seem to have gained some control over the cancer!

I think we may have to amend the Team Lynn slogan of “Faith, Family, Friends” to now include “Food”.  I really believe that the cancer’s retreat and coming through chemo the way I did is due in large part to my diet. Thanks to Kristin for weathering the storm as she got me to move to a super-healthy diet. It wasn’t always the easiest of jobs. Believe it or not, I’ve come to really like foods like quinoa, kale chips, green smoothies and fresh veggie juices – things that were not even on my menu radar screen before!

There is so much behind our slogan, “Faith, Family, Friends”.  Thanks once more for your on-going support.  God has been listening to all the prayers.  The positive energy you’ve been sending has given me more strength.  And my family has been the “wind beneath my wings” with their limitless love and support.

Here’s to Phase II and showing this cancer that we are too strong to beat.

Love and hugs to all,



21 responses

  1. Great news to hear Lynn. I hope you and your family have a joyous Thanksgiving. Will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Dennis Niedrowski | Reply

    Lynn and Carl,

    Great news! I am thrilled to hear things are going well. My best wishes and positive thoughts to all of you.

    Dennis Niedrowski

  3. Faith, family, friends and food…the four essentials of life:) Your news is the best I have had all week. Keep showing cancer who is BOSS;) Love to all of you! Congrats Lynn!

  4. Tom and Fran Spence | Reply

    Awesome News!!!! I’ll be reaching out soon; I have a great Quinoa/Kale burger! Much love to all of you!!! Fran & Tom ❤

  5. Awesome news!!!Keep it going!!! See you down at the beach really soon I hope!!

  6. Jim & Sonja MacWilliams | Reply

    Your news made our day. So nice to hear your plan is working. Kudos to Kristen – keep listening to your children. Lots of love.

  7. So happy to hear the good news. You’ve got a great team Lynn. Keep up your fantastic progress. Love to you all. Irene and Pete Rocco

  8. AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!! You go girl !!!!!

    Deana 🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. Yippeeeee!!!! You made our day Lynn. What wonderful news for you and all of us who love and care about you.

    Becky Bechtel

  10. Hi Lynn, That’s wonderful news to hear! I think of you often and am glad that you’re on the right track to beating this. Stay strong and positive! Heather

  11. That is definitely great news Lynn! So glad to hear that the treatment you have received so far has done its job and now it’s time to fight the rest of it through your maintenance treatments. Continued prayers for you and your family!

  12. Great News! We’re so HAPPY for you. God bless you and your loving family.
    Donna, Randy, Cody & Brady

  13. The power of prayer is amazing. But your attitude, courage and strength are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your news! I am so very happy for you! You are always in my thoughts and prayers. For sure, Faith, Family Friends and Food are a powerful combination! Congratulations!!!

  14. so happy to read this<3 I love you!

  15. Great news, Lynn.  Keep up the good work.  You remain in my thoughts and prayers.  Diane Geist

    Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S™ III, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

  16. Woo Hoo!!!
    Hugs & kisses!!
    Ted, Beth, Teddy, Christy and Katie

  17. Congratulations Lynn!!!!! That is wonderful news!!! We will continue to wrap all of you in prayer. God Bless! Love Terry & Bill

  18. Karen Richardson | Reply

    That is fantastic news, Lynn! We should ALL follow a healthier diet! It Kristen was right. It DOES play a huge role. God Bless and you are always in our prayes!

  19. YAY! So happy to hear the great news! You are a very strong woman with a great family behind you. Prayers and well wishes still going your way.

  20. Congratulations!!!! What wonderful news!! Keep up the great work. Thoughts & prayers to you & the family. Hope you are having a celebration tonite:). You all deserve this great news!

  21. Christine Corser | Reply

    Congratulations Lynn! Way to go. Prayers are being said for you and entire family here in NJ and beyond! Tina and Tom

    Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:36:58 +0000 To:

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