Joyful October, friends!
I hope you have all experienced a wonderful commence to slide and are making the most of the cooler temperatures and beautiful tumble days.
I’m popping in today with a new Dominic update. Thank you all so considerably for your email messages, the cards and items that you have despatched, and all of the prayers you have provided up our spouse and children appreciates it all so really a great deal ❤️
The Latest Treatment options and Scans
Right after Labor Day, Dominic experienced his second spherical of immunotherapy procedure, followed up by a new established of scans and a bone marrow biopsy in mid-September.
We obtained incredibly encouraging news… the scan confirmed that 50% of the most cancers has cleared, which is the biggest transfer of the needle that we have found so much.
The full-physique radioactive scan carried out for neuroblastoma is called an MIBG scan and it is provided a “Curie score” – 10 segments of the body are scored to 3, based mostly on how a lot cancer is present, which usually means the best score it can present is 30. In Might, Dominic’s rating was 27 right after surgical treatment and prior to beginning immunotherapy, his rating was 26. Immediately after the second spherical of immunotherapy, this most modern scan showed a score of 13.
His bone marrow biopsy confirmed what the health practitioner identified as “just a trace” of neuroblastoma cells, a reduction from the former 5 to 10%.
We pray that the immunotherapy therapies carry on to be this efficient and that he will before long be fully cleared of the cancer that continues to be.
Dominic will have his third spherical of immunotherapy the 7 days just after up coming, and then the fourth round about a thirty day period after that, followed by an additional set of scans.
Immunotherapy, contrary to chemotherapy, does not induce white counts, platelets, or hemoglobin to fall, so we don’t have to be concerned about two times-weekly lab do the job or transfusions. We just need to go into clinic once a 7 days to have his central line dressing changed.
In the Meantime…
Dominic began kindergarten past 7 days! It has created my coronary heart so pleased to see him enjoying standard 5-calendar year-outdated lifestyle, showing us the papers he’s worked on, and conversing about the minor matters that have occurred during the working day.
Immediately after shelling out the final six months likely back again and forth from hospitals, inpatient stays for chemotherapy, medical procedures, endless clinic visits, transfusions, radiation, and every little thing in in between, acquiring some normalcy in each day everyday living has been such a blessing for him.
AND he turns 6 this 7 days! 🎉
You may well have found a couple of new e-mail from me this very last 7 days! Thank you so considerably for the brilliant feed-back!
I’m slowly and gradually beginning to get back again into the swing of items and with a a little a lot more predictable routine at dwelling, I’m hoping to provide again Friday Points and deliver you scrumptious recipes on a semi-frequent basis again. Keep tuned 😋