After initially setting up this site for my mother, we noticed a donation area at the bottom. This site was built and intended to give information only to our loved one's on my mothers health, treatment, progress, test results, prognosis, etc, WE ARE NOT SOLICITING 4 DONATIONS, so please DISREGARD this on our account. Thanks, enjoy the site ❤❤❤
After finding out in December, 2018 that my mother, Jane Ellen Riggle Badger Miller has 4th stage small cell lung cancer (it had spread to her liver making it stage 4) our family began the dreaded treatments of chemotherapy with high hopes, along with the fear, worry, uncertainty, concern, and all else that comes with a cancer diagnosis.
As of today, Feb 25, 2019, she has received 3 rounds of chemotherapy. She began these the day after Christmas, 2018. They give her a drip through an IV in her port of steroids along with chemotherapy for her treatments. Somewhere in there she receives immunotherapy which is quite new according to the doctor. This immunotherapy helps pull the cancer cells out and away from the healthy cells from what I understand.
Her chemotherapy rounds consist of 3 days every 3 weeks. To clarify, she goes in on a Wednesday around 10am the 1st day and is there appx 5 hours. The next 2 days are only 2 hr treatments and the starting times have ranged from noon to 1:15pm. (I have the medicines she actually is getting if anybody wants the names.) Then she is given a small Neulasta injector which is placed on her belly and set to administer the next day appx 24 hrs later which helps keep the healthy blood cell counts up and is removed after it is empty. (Freaks me out taking that thing off, she told me it doesn't hurt her at all, lol).
She has no chemotherapy treatments for 2 weeks. The next round begins on the Wednesday following the 2 weeks. No worries though, we usually have at least a test or two and a doctor appt or two in those 2 week periods so not too much leisure time for us.
She recently had a body CT SCAN and an MRI of her brain performed which we received the results of today. We even had a surprise visit from my Mom's good friend, Tammy Shogan for support which was really nice and we thank and love her for all she does and all of her love and support.
In the last 2 months, our lives have been filled with probably some of the worst medical news anyone could have possibly received regarding any of their loved ones as small cell lung cancer is not curable. However, today we got the best news we could have hoped for and the best we have had since the onset of this whole ordeal.
The MRI of the brain is CLEAR along with the CT SCAN so there are NO signs of the cancer spreading anywhere else in her body as of the date of those tests. Even BETTER (or I think) is that her initial lung mass has SHRUNK to be about 1/3 the size it was initially 2 months ago and the spot on her liver is about 1/2 the size. We are SO thrilled to hear this GOOD news, especially since the adverse effects of the chemotherapy to her have been minimal.
As a result of the test findings, her doctor recommends an EXTRA round of treatment or 2 as long as she can physically and mentally handle it (which duh, she got this) since it is responding so well. The goal is to shrink it as much as possible and even just maybe totally eliminate it (although thats probably a BIG maybe, it's not being ruled out as an impossibility).
We love you all, thanks for your love and support and I will give you an update on how her treatments go this week. P.S. She will be getting another scan and MRI in a few weeks to see if more shrinkage or spreading has occurred. I promise to keep you all up to date on her condition and progress. ❤