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Posted 2016-05-31T21:14:00Z

Sophie's visit: a generous, clever and appreciated gift from Sally and Bob.

***this entire blog post was written 2 hours into a dose of Zimovane sleeping pills!!***

Sophie flew home to Ohio a few days ago, after a fabulous and fun 5 day visit.  It was quite a feat getting her here: an expired passport; arranging child care for Beatrice, her 4 year old daughter; and Soph pregnant with her second child, so she had to get doctor's clearance to fly.  But wild horses couldn't keep her.  With generous help from Bob and Sally's Cancer Warrior Treasure Chest -- we made it happen.  Thank you, Sally and Bob, for your generous gift of guests!!  Sophie was the third friend to visit: the CWTC allowed Satie and Nan to visit and Allison's visit is still to come.  Soph took good care of me, tried to get my to go yoga, vacuumed, and painted my toes, (as my nurses suggested) to help brittle nails that tend to break of fall off during chemo.  I bought Beatrice a hot pink "Oxford" sweatshirt.  We took some nice long walks, and visited the covered market, museums, Blenheim Palace and Bampton (the village where Downton Abbey townsfolk lived), thanks to Shelley and her generous county outings.  

My Round 3 Chemo was originally scheduled for today but I am delaying for a week to attend JJ and Nahanni's wedding in Alaska.  My bloods taken on Thursday were not great for travelling.  Neutrophiles (the main component of white blood cells and the body's first and best defense against an infection) were very low, just .87.  Over the weekend I really didn't think I would be flying to Alaska.  Dr Roux wanted to test again, hoping they were going up with 3 more days from the last chemo session 3 weeks ago.  Thankfully, when retested today, they are up!  The blood work was rush for processing and I called Oncology at 4 for the results.  In just three days I had made a big improvement. 

My hemoglobin is 121. White Blood Count is 4.24.  Platelets are 344.  Neutrophiles 1.71  And really the best news is the CA125 (cancer antigen marker for ovarian cancer) was just 10!  that means the chemo is working to kill the last of the cells.  Four more rounds and I hope they are all dead, every single one of them.  

 So we are off to Alaska to attend JJ and Nahanni's wedding -- how excited.  Yeah!!

The sleeping pills are really kicking in, off I go to bed.......better living through pharmaceuticals.......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  



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Comments (16)

  • EvelynCavins

    Well I am thrilled that my wonderful daughter and fabulous son in law are making the trek to Alaska Can't wait to see you TOMORROW!!!!!!! Fabulous news. FABULOUS Love Mom

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Rosa McCullagh
    Rosa McCullagh

    Fantastic news. Have a wonderful trip!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Shelley Hoffmire
    Shelley Hoffmire

    I'm so glad you can go. Happy wedding and safe travels, Michelle and Bruce!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Kathy Whitley
    Kathy Whitley

    So good to hear all of this wonderful news! It is excellent you can get to the wedding in Alaska as well. We are in Argentina but still thinking of you--we'll hoist a glass of malbec to your continued progress. Enjoy your trip! Kathy

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Mike Murray
    Mike Murray

    So happy for you Michelle, both for the lovely visit of good friends and the encouraging blood test results! Rock on!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Jessie Altstatt
    Jessie Altstatt

    Have a fabulous time and take lots of pics! Getting my travel bug fix with all of your postings and adventures. Enjoy!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Mary Ellen Tiffany
    Mary Ellen Tiffany

    Congratulations on the great news; I am so happy you can go to Alaska. Dress warmly and enjoy every moment. I know everyone else will be thrilled to see your and Bruce's smile. I wish you safe travels and am sending you more healing hugs. Please know if I weren't in Peru I would be there to give you them in person. Xo ME

    4 years ago · Reply
  • James Cavins
    James Cavins

    YIPPEEE!!! Much love to you Michelle; so happy the marker is so low and your counts are up and you get to go to the wedding, see you soon !

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Allison Moehlis
    Allison Moehlis

    Michelle, this is such wonderful news in sooooo many ways!!! I am not the least bit surprised that you are defeating cancer and getting healthier. It is your strong sprit and determination. You can do ANYTHING woman! Blessings to JJ and his new wife, I am sure they really appreciate you being there and that you will have a beautiful time. Sophie's visit sounded like so much fun. I can't wait to see you. I want to take the Harry Potter tour of Oxford. Do you have binoculars? Maybe we can bird watch. I look forward to long walks and yoga with you. Being a beneficiary of the Cancer Warrior Treasure Chest is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. Thanks you Sally and Bob! See you soon Bruce and Michelle.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Jennifer Vinton
    Jennifer Vinton

    Fantastic news!! Thrilled to hear your counts are improving. So sorry to have missed our call this morning :-(. Been thinking of you all day. Take good care when traveling (I know Bruce will help you do that :-). Enjoy celebrating JJ's wedding!! We'll chat when you get back. Much love to you.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Carol Genetti
    Carol Genetti

    I love hearing all this progress! Keep up the good work of healing and have a wonderful trip to Alaska! BTW, I'm looking forward to your return in the fall so I can show my new water-wise garden that is just getting planted now. First plants are in and more to come! Loads of love from Goleta! Carol

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Satie Airame
    Satie Airame

    Happy news! I am thrilled to hear that the good count is up and the bad count is down. It is wonderful that you and Bruce will be able to join JJ and Nahanni for their wedding in Alaska! Please pass on our good wishes to your brother and his betrothed on the joyous celebration of their marriage. Please send photos of you in the new dress! As Jeff says, "Fly the plane carefully!" (Our joke about arriving safely through sheer force of will! In JJ's case, he actually would be flying the plane.) I would like to add my deepest thanks to Bob and Sally for their creative and generous gift of the CWTC. My spirits are bolstered to know that you are frequently with family and friends. What fun to see photos of you with your parents, Nan, Sophie, and other friends. I will expect to see some photos of Allison on the Harry Potter tour. With love, Satie

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Carolyn Walton
    Carolyn Walton

    We wish you a safe journey and look forward to seeing you in July. Our love to JJ and your parents. Have a great celebration. John, Carolyn and Tom xxxx

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Karen Gillow
    Karen Gillow

    Dear Michelle, what wonderful news - love the medical statistics, and that slowly but surely you are beating the beast!! Wishing you and Bruce a wonderful trip to Alaska - how exciting, and I am sure seeing so many loved ones will further help your healing process. Enjoy to the max. Karen G xxx ooo

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Gordon Fox
    Gordon Fox

    So glad you're making progress - and can go to Alaska! We've been thinking good thoughts about you while traveling in Argentina.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Carolyn Walton
    Carolyn Walton

    I wasn't able to make a comment on your latest posting - so I'm here instead. What excitement going to Alaska and the flying plane experience. Look forward to seeing the photos. But I'm glad you're back killing those nasty cells again!

    4 years ago · Reply