Beth is out of surgery and did great! Her doctors were very positive and believe they were able to remove everything and the surgery was successful. She is already on her way home to recover. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. More updates to come. [...]
Today is surgery day! Beth is having a lumpectomy today at Mission Hospital. She has the most wonderful team of doctors and is feeling very positive about this next step. We will post later today to update. If you have a moment this morning to offer up good thoughts and prayers for Beth and her surgery team, it would be very appreciated.[...]
Hard to believe, but TODAY is Beth’s last chemo!!! Hooray!!! She has endured six rounds of aggressive chemo like a champ. Beth spent the weekend before this final treatment enjoying time with family- going to Peking Dragon in Dana Point, outlet shopping, and family dinner last night. She is very much looking forward to getting through this last one and putting the chemo chapter behind her. [...]
Hi Grove's Groupies- so sorry for the delay in updating. It's been a full month. Beth just finished chemo round 5 of 6 on Monday!!! It's incredible that Beth is on the downhill slope of the first of what we know will be many hills to climb. [...]
It's Beth's birthday!!!
We have so many reasons to celebrate Beth today (and every day) but her birthday this year is even more special given that she's in the midst of chemo. Thankfully this is the week before her next treatment so Beth is feeling better and will spend the evening celebrating with family and enjoying Devil's Float cake. If you've never had it, Devil's Float is also known as Hot Fudge Cake- it's a Schmidt/Grove family favorite. Here's a link to a similar recipe online- https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/cake/devils-float.html[...]
Beth completed Round 3 of chemo this week- halfway done!!! And that's not even the best news. Beth's awesome oncologist Dr. Nagasawa did an exam to check progress and see if the tumor has changed. Before starting chemo, Dr. Nagasawa explained that while this is an aggressive form of breast cancer, he was starting and aggressive form of chemotherapy to combat it, and that sometimes aggressive cancers are very responsive to chemo. After the exam, Dr. Nagasawa said that Beth's main tumor has shrunk noticeably, and that the tumor in her lymph nodes was now barely detectable. Can I get a collective HOORAY!!! Of course, we won't know the official extent of the change until after chemo ends and Beth has another MRI, but this is very promising news. Beth was pleasantly surprised and is now even more determined to fight through the rest of the chemo.[...]
Beth is one-third of the way done with chemo! Woot woot! With some new anti-nausea meds, Round Two has been much more manageable for Beth and overall she has felt much better. She was even able to go out with friends for dinner this week. [...]
Beth has made it through the first week (plus a little extra) of recovery after her first round of chemo. No surprise, she was such a trooper. The day after chemo, she came downstairs with a load of laundry in hand. Don't worry, we wrestled it away from her! The following days were a little tougher as Beth struggled with some nausea. After lots of rest and some stronger meds, Beth is finally starting to feel more like herself. She's hoping to be back to 100% and have a good week before Chemo Round 2 on Monday August 21.[...]
Hi Grove's Groupies- my apologies for the delayed post.
The day has arrived- Chemotherapy Round One has officially started this morning. Beth is doing great thus far and has her sister Julie by her side. This is the first of six rounds of chemo, and today will be the longest session. Thanks to so many of you, Beth has an abundance of blankets, fuzzy socks, DVDs, books, snacks and cards to pass the time. As you can tell by the pictures, she is feeling very loved and supported by you all and ready to take this cancer down![...]
Thanks again to everyone who has left kind words on this site or gone out of their way to do something nice for Beth. Grove's Groupies are truly the best! [...]