This first entry has to be a bit long to get the folks that have been unaware of our situation up to date. I will start at the beginning;
Because Julie has always been at high risk for breast cancer, for years we have been going to M.D. Anderson every six months for exams. On our most recent visit on August 3rd, her MRI detected a mass in her right breast. A biopsy confirmed it to be malignant. It turns out to be metaplastic, a very rare form of breast cancer, representing less than 1% of all breast cancers. Unfortunately, this type of cancer tends to be chemo-resistant, and is very challenging to treat. Her current treatment plan is to have chemotherapy for a fairly long time, before any surgery is scheduled. Those plans could always change.
She had her first chemo treatment on September 9th, and her second treatment on September 26. Side effects have been pretty much as expected, primarily fatigue, nausea, hair loss, along with several other impacts. She is managing the effects reasonably well. We have been in Houston since this started (before the floods), and we want to get back home to check on things there, but because she had a bad reaction to her first treatment, we need to wait a few days after this treatment to be sure that she's okay to leave town.