Journal entry by Lori Gautreau

Scott traveled to Houston on the 12th to have a brief meeting with the team that will oversee his new treatment plan. Luckily, I was able to FaceTime and ask questions as needed. After meeting with the team, it became another waiting game with insurance before we could move forward and begin anything. Instead of sitting around and anxiously waiting for that call, Scott and I decided to jump in the car with the kids and take a last-minute family vacation to Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs. We know that this summer will be filled with Houston trips and no time for family vacations, so why not go before all the craziness begins?! It was just what we needed as a family and just what Scott and I needed to clear our minds and talk about what this next year may look like. While there, we received word that insurance cleared, so we scheduled our first treatment!

Scott and I will be traveling to Houston tomorrow afternoon. Before treatment begins, he will undergo multiple tests beginning early Thursday morning. The plan is for Scott to undergo his first round of treatment Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, I cannot be with him during any of his appointments nor his treatment, but I will be nearby in the hotel connected to MD Anderson. Our plan is to drive back home Friday evening after treatment if everything goes well.

Scott’s new treatment plan will consist of a thirty-minute infusion of a different immunotherapy drug. In addition to receiving this therapy every three weeks, he will be taking a pill twice daily. For the first month after treatment, he will be going to Houston weekly for monitoring and tests, but after that, he will only be traveling every three weeks for the infusions. We know that the side effects of this new treatment will be similar to the last (body aches, fever, flu-like), but we are hopeful that it will not be so hard on his body this time. However, every patient is different, and we will not really know how it affects him until he lives it. Please pray that Scott CAN tolerate these drugs and that his body WILL respond to them!

Starting something new is always scary, but we both have faith that this is the path we should be traveling. If you read my posts in the past, you may recall a God wink that I mentioned while meeting with a doctor discussing several options if we were to get to this point. See past post below:

During our last appointment when the many options of treatment plans were being presented to us, I zoned out for a minute and just started praying. I once again asked God for clarity – to help us determine the best path for Scott. I was beginning to question everything again – should we even be here discussing these options? Immediately after praying, the doctor looked at us and said, “You know, there is a bible verse that I always like to read. It’s the one about being at peace and how God’s peace surpasses all understanding.” I couldn’t help but smile; this is one of my favorite bible verses and one that I refer to quite often. I was like, “Okay, God, I hear you!” It was another one of those God winks letting me know that He DOES hear me and that it is all going to be okay.

This new treatment plan is the same one that we were discussing on that day and it is overseen by the same doctor. :)  We both feel confident that we have been led here for a reason. Scott is a fighter and is ready to do whatever it takes to beat this cancer. As his wife and cheerleader, I will do whatever it takes and more to help him along the way.

Thank you all so much for your continued prayers. Scott and I feel every single one of them. 

Blessings to you all,

Lori

"...Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillippians 4:7

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

It's hard for us to see God's vision for our lives, but if we trust in Him and have faith, He will guide us down the road that He's built especially for us.

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