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Posted 2020-02-23T00:25:39Z


Unfortunately, the side effects of the trial drug Julie was on were just too much for her to handle. She had to drop out out of the trial. We have now started on a different chemo regimen. We will have to run a couple of cycles on this treatment before we can scan to see if it's effective. So we won't know anything for a bit. The only good news is that Julie is still feeling reasonably well right now, although she did loose her hair again. I expect the cumulative effects of the chemo will kick in later. I will try to keep y'all posted. Take care.[...]

Posted 2020-01-06T23:25:56Z


Julie is starting into a new trial this week. Assuming that she can handle the side effects, she must complete two "cycles" before we get results to see if the new drugs are effective. So we won't know anything for a couple of months. I will keep y'all posted on how she does. Thanks for your good wishes and support.[...]

Posted 2019-12-07T19:35:48Z

Not Good

I don't like to post bad news, but I do need to keep everyone posted on Julie's status. Unfortunately, her scan last week showed that the trial drugs that she's been on have not proven effective. We have had continued disease progression in her lungs. We will now have to try to find a different treatment plan. Our choices are limited...probably a different type of standard chemotherapy, or possibly another trial. Will make that decision as soon as we can obtain enough detail on our possible options. It's an ongoing battle...[...]

Posted 2019-10-19T17:46:47Z


As a treatment plan for her metastatic breast cancer, Julie has entered a trial at MD Anderson Because this is a trial utilizing drugs not previously used, all the side effects are not yet known and must be very carefully monitored. Julie will have blood tests and an examination every week while she's on this trial. That means we will be traveling to Houston every week. The trial is administered in "28-day cycles". Assuming that Julie doesn't have to drop out of the trial due to severe side effects (which sometimes happens with trials), we will have to complete two cycles before a scan will be taken to see if the treatment is effective. That means that we won't know the results for a couple of months. I will let y'all know how it goes. Thanks for your continued support.[...]

Posted 2019-09-01T02:26:30Z

Bad News

Well, unfortunately, our worse fears have been realized. We have just confirmed this week that Julie's breast cancer has metastasized to her lungs. We will be meeting with her oncologist in a week to develop a course of action. As I've stated before, hers is a very rare and aggressive form of breast cancer (metaplastic), that is triple-negative and chemo resistant. That makes it very challenging to treat, so this will continue to be an uphill battle. Thank you for your continued support.[...]

Posted 2019-07-28T16:23:11Z

A Short Note

Hi, all. I hope everyone is doing well. I have gotten several recent inquiries as to how Julie is coming along. I haven't posted anything for a while, because there has been nothing new to report, which is generally a good thing. Julie is doing reasonably well. She continues to have to deal with her neuralgia pain, and remains on pain meds for that issue. Her next scan is scheduled for next month, and we'll be hoping for good results from that test. I will keep y'all posted. Take care! [...]

Posted 2019-05-23T02:16:58Z

Julie's Latest

Yay! I get to post some good news! We've spent the last two days at MD Anderson for Julie's quarterly tests and scans. The only thing that showed up were a few very tiny nodules in her lungs. We have seen this on previous scans, and these tiny nodules tend to "wax and wane". That means that they will show up in one scan, and be gone the next. Our medical team is not too concerned about them. They tell us this situation is quite common, and suspect that it is just infectious or inflammation. Of course we will continue to monitor closely in future scans. Everything else came out clean! So, all is well, and we are happy with the results. We can now breath easy for another three months. And as always, thank you for for your support, positive thoughts, and good wishes![...]

Posted 2019-03-12T20:15:14Z

Update Time!

I've had several inquires as to how Julie is doing (and had my butt kicked a couple of times for not posting). I haven't posted because there has been no change in her condition. But that is certainly no excuse for my not keeping y'all posted on how she's coming along. As far as the cancer is concerned, there has been no change, which is good news. Her last scans were in January, and they were clear. Her next scan is scheduled for late May, unless something comes up to change that. Unfortunately, there has been no improvement with her neuralgia pain. We tried another nerve block (her fourth), which (once again) failed provide her any relief. She is still on multiple opioids to keep the pain somewhat under control, but she is in some degree pain all of the time. It only varies in the level of severity. She's a tough lady, and manages to push through the hurt most of the time. Her strength and endurance hasn't returned completely, but she does perform her normal activities, her household chores, and helps me in the yard. She has finally managed to gain a little weight, and no longer looks like a pretty walking skeleton (yay!). So all-in-all she's doing reasonably well. I thank you all for your continued interest, concern, support, and well wishes. Everyone take care![...]

Posted 2019-01-28T22:32:51Z

Time for an Update

Due to a couple of concerns of mine, Julie recently had three different scans performed earlier than had been previously planned. I am happy to report that all three scans came back clear! That's great news for us, and gives us some time to breath and relax a bit. There are no guarantees with this nasty disease, and as you know, the last time that we thought we were clear, she had a recurrence shortly thereafter. But we're good for now, and we will enjoy the good news for as long as it will last! Thank you all for your positive thoughts and ongoing support![...]

Posted 2018-12-26T18:36:31Z

A Bit of a Scare

Just a short post to let everyone know how things are going. But first, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and are enjoying the holiday season. Recently, Julie had her first scan since completing her radiation. Unfortunately, it showed a couple of very small nodules in her lung...too small to biopsy. Our oncologist thinks that it might just be a minor infection, or an effect from her radiation treatments, but she referred us to an MDA lung specialist to get his opinion. Fortunately, he is of the same opinion, that it is probably just a minor infection. There are no guarantees, but that is both their opinions right now. The recommendation is just to follow, and do another scan in three months.We will stay optimistic, and just hope fro the best.[...]