I took the kids to the park the other day, and I just had to share this picture of Ammon.  My children bring me so much joy, and the little things like this are why I keep fighting my cancer.  So I can be here for the big things, and also the simple little pleasures of life.  Just had to share!!!

On a not so happy note.....   Well, this is kind of hard to type...  I hesitate to share this, but I know this is why all of you wonderful people check my blog for updates.  Because you want to know how things are going.   This wouldn't be an effective means of updating if I didn't share what is going on, right?

I talked to the doctor today when I had treatment, and they are concerned about the rising tumor markers.  At first, they said maybe they would wait a month and then run the blood tests again, however, after the doctors discussed my situation, they decided that maybe it would be best to do some scans.  They want to see what is going on, see if the cancer is growing, and check and see if it has spread anywhere else. 

Regarding the tumor markers, I guess they have almost doubled in the last 3 1/2 months.  They went from 28 in February to 51 in June.  I asked the Dr. today if the rising tumor markers could be from something else, but she said, "In your case, probably not."

So, I will have a CT scan tomorrow, and a bone scan on Thursday.  I am not sure when I will get the results.  I was really hoping to not have to do tests again until after the summer, but I think it is better to know what is going on, rather than just worry and wonder. 

The doctors said today that the treatment options are to first change my hormonal drug from Aromasin to something else.  The other option is to start another chemotherapy drug.  Dr. Hansen said that he would rather wait to start another chemo drug, because he doesn't want me to run out of treatment options too early.

I really don't know anything for sure right now.  I am dreading the CT scan.  Well, not exactly the test itself, but the prep for it.  I hate drinking that barium sulfate.  2 big bottles of it.  yech!!!!  You know, the "berry smoothie" stuff.  What is even worse, is that I had treatment today, and I really don't know how I am going to get that stuff down.  I will just do my best.

I would appreciate all of the prayers and positive vibes you can give.  I know that they help so much.  I know that everything is going to be okay, and that whatever happens is part of Heavenly Father's plan.   If we never experience pain, trials and sadness, we wouldn't appreciate the simple joys and happiness of life. 

I am holding out hope that I don't have any new lesions, and that the rising tumor markers are just a fluke.  A girl can hope, right?

6/19/2008 06:27:54 am

The picture of Ammon is so precious! We are all praying for you and hoping for the best. You are such an inspiration to us all. It is so awesome that you take time to do your blog so you can print it out each year and make a book out of it so your kids can have it to look back on. Love you, Heather

6/19/2008 12:35:30 pm

Amber- We will continue to pray for you. You are such a great example to me with everything you have been through and you have such a great attitude. We pray for you always:)

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