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Courtney
taken 8/4/07

Courtney and her kids

Courtney and her kids
taken 8/4/07

Monday, October 1, 2007

Day 10 - Final Diagnosis

Well we finally have the diagnosis we've been waiting for - Courtney has the M0 version of AML. What this means is that she has just three days left of Cytarabine and the Idarubicin is finished. It means that the doctors now have confidence that they're giving her the right treatment. It means that we have a clear and concise plan as to how to beat this thing. We've been firing out of all canons and now know that we can continue to do so confidently.

Unfortunately, this news didn't help Courtney's day to go much better. Though she's emotionally growing more stable by the day, evidenced by the fact that she was actually able to start reading the many wonderful messages that have been posted and sent to her, she's anxious about the side effects of the therapy. It didn't help that she had an hour long nose bleed. Tonight she fought to fall asleep saying multiple times that her skin was crawling. Who knows where that came from. It could be a side effect of one of the many medications she's on, or it's simply anxiety brought on by the diagnosis, the nose bleed, the upset stomach, the knowledge of chemicals being injected into her body, etc. I still can't imagine what she must be going through. She's sleeping now. She never snores, but is now. It's the first time in my life that snoring is music to my ears. It means she's in a deep sleep - exactly what she's needed.

8 comments:

Amy said...

I am so glad you are sleeping well tonight and that you know what you are up against with this Leukemia. The prayers are frequent in your behalf and we are cheering you on to beat this cancer.

Bryner Family said...

I'm glad there is a diagnosis finally. Sorry you're having to go through such abuse to beat this horrible disease. Always thinking of you. :)

Amy said...

Please visit www.dampenningtons.blogspot.com to see the "Courtney's Angels" tshirts. They will be available in less then 2 weeks.

KELLEY said...

I am glad we have a diagnosis and know the cytarabine is the treatment you have been receiving so you can beat this! I miss you and love you and cannot wait to see you in another week! love you. Kelley

Rhonda said...

Now you know who your opponet is and that you can BEAT this.
God Bless
Rhonda

Erin & Brandon said...

Courtney,
What a fighter you are! Keep fighting the good fight of faith. What a blessing to know exactly who your enemy is - now time to battle it head on.

Much love & prayers,
Erin

Emily R said...

glad to know what the DIAGNOSIS is finally! hopefully you will have good days ahead! we are praying for you and your family!

Anonymous said...

I came upon your site through a caringbridge site. I have gone through cancer treatment twice now for Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma - the second time going through a stem cell transplant. I had the hickman like yours. If there is anything I can help with as you go through this as someone who has been there, please do not hesitate to contact me. I even have a wig that I think would look nice on you - a little shorter than what you are used to, but cute. I would be happy to mail it to you.

I wanted to comment on the skin crawling - I had that too and they connected it with Reglan, one of the anti-nausea meds I was on. If you are taking Reglan I would ask about switching to another med.

I will be praying for you and your family.

Lisa - jldahlm@comcast.net

 

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