For instance, May 10, 12 and 18 are diagnosis days 2 (2012), 1 (2006) and 3 (2016) respectively. When diagnosis day 4 came in January of this year, it was a huge shock, not just because it was shocking, but because it's supposed to happen in May.
This year's May in particular started with Anne-Marie's Xeloda/Tykerb treatment going not so well. If you've been following this story, this was no surprise. As I posted a few weeks ago, Dr. Smith reduced Anne-Marie's dose of Tykerb by 20% and we went away hoping.
Over the next week, things started to improve and Anne-Marie's strength started to return. We went to church as a family on Mother's day and by the time we hit the 19th, Anne-Marie was able to attend Ethiopian Orphan Relief's annual charity auction (both times in a wheelchair, but still). We had such a great time, I forgot to take pictures. Whatever. I got a cool painting at the auction and Anne-Marie was celebrated with all the other great moms at church.
|My cool painting from Ethiopia|
But that was just one side of things because it was Anne-Marie's birthday week. I think she had four different birthday parties. Tuesday she was at a friend's house for a birthday lunch, Thursday she was taken out for lunch and dessert, Saturday was a giant birthday breakfast for friends and Monday another big breakfast party with family. Yeah, she's spoiled. She even got a song this year, because being in love is worth looking like a dummy. (I actually sing more than most of you realize. Happy 39th, Anne-Marie.)
I'm sure there's a few other things that happened last month, but I'm tired of thinking of stuff and so I'm going to stop typing now. Next for us is an oncologist consult on 6/13 to track the progress of the chemo and a brain MRI on 6/27 to better understand the effectiveness of April's gamma knife surgery.