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Posted 2018-12-29T01:10:00Z

Happy Holidays

What a beautiful time of year, filled with smiles and gratitude. We are grateful to see that Annie has emerged from her post-treatment hibernation and has lifted our holiday cheer. While still recovering from her recent procedures, we are encouraged by her increased energy. True to form, she always has a few tricks up her sleeve and on Christmas night she surprised us with this fantastic ensemble: [...]

Posted 2018-12-18T16:20:00Z

Post Procedure

We're happy to say that Annie has completed her procedure. While we won't know its effectiveness for a while, we are grateful to Dr. Lindquist and his medical team for guiding us through this difficult process. We are so fortunate to be working with a dynamic team of medical professionals. The CU medical team has been incredibly compassionate and knowledgable. It has been a long week, and we are all relieved to have this behind us. For the next couple of days, Annie will rest, before returning to her beloved mountains. [...]

Posted 2018-12-17T07:55:00Z

SIRT Procedure

Over the years, Annie has woven together an expansive community of thoughtful minds and generous hearts. And while I feel so incredibly indebted to and grateful for this community, I have found that it has become harder to write these posts. It is easier to inform you about procedures and facts, but it is hard to write about the unknown and the subtle in-between times.[...]

Posted 2018-12-08T17:48:30Z

Post Procedure

Yesterday, Annie had her mapping/embolization procedure, and it went very smoothly. She was able to walk out of the hospital, several hours post procedure, and spend the rest of the day sleeping in the sunshine. Thanks to Dr. Lindquist and his fantastic medical team, everything went as planned and her SIRT procedure has now been confirmed for Dec 17th. [...]

Posted 2018-12-05T08:32:00Z

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Consultation

Timing has been critical in this process, and we were fortunate to expedite Annie's initial appointment at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus by a couple of days. On December 3rd, we met with Dr. Lindquist and his medical team of experts in Interventional Radiology. Dr. Lindquist's team evaluated Annie's medical profile and confirmed that selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), also known as radioembolization, is the best treatment for Annie's advanced stage of cancer. It is a palliative treatment, which means it does not provide a cure but instead helps slow down the growth of the disease and alleviate symptoms. The procedure is an option for patients who are not candidates for other treatments such as surgery or liver transplantation. We are looking forward to the positive impact it will have on Annie's day-to-day well being. Of course, her smile has been unwavering throughout this journey, so this might be hard to gauge.[...]

Posted 2018-11-28T18:22:36Z

PET scan results

We are happy to announce that Annie's trip to Valley View Hospital was quite a success. Annie's PET scan results show that the cancer has not metastasized. This is a huge relief, and we can now focus on treating her liver with the CU medical team on December 5th, 2018.[...]

Posted 2018-11-26T22:55:21Z

PET scan

Team Annie ~ 

Tomorrow morning, Annie is having a positron emission tomography (PET) scan at Valley View Hospital. A PET scan is a type of imaging technology used to evaluate how your tissues and organs work at the cellular level. This process involves the injection of a short-acting radioactive substance, known as a radiotracer, which is absorbed by biologically active cells. Annie will then be placed in a tunnel-like device that is able to detect and translate the emitted radiation into three-dimensional images. By identifying abnormalities in the metabolism of a cell, a PET scan can diagnose both a primary tumor and areas of metastasis (where the cancer has spread). Based on negative results from previous tests, we are very hopeful that the cancer has not metastasized. [...]