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“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

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April 24, 2012
I got my scan on Jan 30 and it was not so good. There was no more shrinkage and one tumor had grown a bit.  At this point my doctor seems to run out of options, became very pessimistic and sent me a new doctor.  The new doctor is much more upbeat and positive.  He had me get another scan on March 18.  the results were pretty much the same as the last one some minor progression in some tumors.  He stopped the cetuximab and the 5-FU.  He started me on Taxotere which is a drug I had in my previous treatment when it was just in my throat.  It is a reduced dosage and I am getting weekly, except for last week, mouth ulcers were getting pretty intense and I was having trouble eating and swallowing.  He reduced the dosage again a bit.
I get another CT scan in a few weeks to see if this is working or if it is time to try something else.  He has plenty of treatment options and believes that he can treat me.  There is a window opening up for beating this.

January 22, 2012
Happy New Year!
Getting a PET scan on Jan 30 and the results on Feb 4.

December 20,2012
Another treatment bag of 5-FU, will be done tomorrow.  Looks like treatment will keep going on for a while.

December 3, 2012

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. 

I got the results from my MRI and PET scan.  I had been waiting to send the results until I had visited with my doctor and to get over the last chemo treatment.  The MRI was clear with the only thing showing was scars from radiation from the last treatment.  The PET scan showed what the reviewing radiologist called  “dramatic response to therapy.”  The larger tumors had shrank by over 60% and there was even one area that had showed several little nodules that had completely resolved.  There were no new signs of cancer anywhere.  There were some areas that couldn’t be seen due to the procedures they did on my lungs, so it is possible those areas were still problematic but some of the activity was expected with the scraping and poking that was done.

I spoke with my doctor and he was slightly less pessimistic than usual so I will take that as a good sign.  The doctor may be giving me the medicine but God is guiding it to where it needs to go.  Prayer is powerful.  Thank you all for your prayers and thank you to God for giving me the strength to get through this.  There is still a long way to go.  It has been hard and I have felt like giving up at times.   Those hard days where chemo leaves you too drained to even get out of bed are rough.  Thinking of the love and support from my family and friends is what gets me through. My love to you all.


With Love from the Ballard Family,

Kelly, Janie and Lauren

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