Hannah wants to express her sincere gratitude to everyone for their support thus far. The outpouring of love in the way of financial support through the gofundme site, housing offers near to the Cancer Care Alliance Center (CCAC) in Seattle, offers to help the kids in Mazama with school and transportation, and kind words have helped relieve a burden of stress that is unimaginable to think about. Thank you everyone for helping ease the external worries so she can concentrate on her journey and self-care.
After several weeks of diagnostics, meeting Hannah’s Cancer Care team and deciding on a recommended treatment regime, the insurance company finally gave approval for the doctor’s recommended treatment of chemo-radiation to treat the colorectal cancer and nearby tumors on her uterus and lymph nodes. This was another sigh of relief as treatment started the day after insurance approval – all just 1 ½ weeks ago.
For all you science geeks, the doctor’s recommended radiation therapy is called the Volumetric Modulated Arc Theapy (VMAT), a novel and superior radiation therapy technique that focuses the radiation directly on the tumors and better avoids other organs. Hannah gets this radiation treatment at the CCAC in Seattle 5 times per week (Monday-Friday) in conjunction with chemotherapy pills by mouth, twice a day, morning and evening. Hannah is well on her way and today finished her 8th treatment out of 28. This first round of radiation and chemo will slow and shrink the tumors, reducing the cancer cells spread and possibility of recurrence. This will also prepare her body for the 2nd stage of treatments, bimonthly chemotherapy starting in early June and lasting approximately 4 months. The 3rd stage this fall is surgery to remove any remaining cancer in her body. It’s a marathon journey!
Hannah is feeling some symptoms but nothing unmanageable or unexpected. These symptoms include fatigue/tiredness, irritated bowel, and general nausea. She is taking several forms of medication (both natural and western medicine) to help combat these side effects. Hannah has loving friends and family that have stayed with her in Seattle during the Mon-Fri treatments; they are driving her back and forth to the Methow Valley so she can be home in Mazama with the kids over the weekends. Please feel free to outreach to Hannah through this or her Caring Bridge site. She appreciates your patience if she does not get back to you right away – and she knows your thoughts are with her!