Joyful Oct, good friends!
I hope you have all had a wonderful start to drop and are experiencing the cooler temperatures and gorgeous drop days.
I’m popping in these days with a new Dominic update. Thank you all so much for your emails, the cards and items that you have despatched, and all of the prayers you have made available up our spouse and children appreciates it all so really substantially ❤️
The Most recent Solutions and Scans
Just after Labor Working day, Dominic experienced his next round of immunotherapy treatment method, adopted up by a new set of scans and a bone marrow biopsy in mid-September.
We obtained pretty encouraging news… the scan confirmed that 50% of the most cancers has cleared, which is the largest transfer of the needle that we have viewed so significantly.
The entire-physique radioactive scan finished for neuroblastoma is called an MIBG scan and it is supplied a “Curie score” – 10 segments of the system are scored to 3, based mostly on how significantly most cancers is existing, which usually means the best score it can present is 30. In May perhaps, Dominic’s score was 27 after surgical procedure and prior to commencing immunotherapy, his rating was 26. Following the second round of immunotherapy, this most current scan showed a rating of 13.
His bone marrow biopsy showed what the physician known as “just a trace” of neuroblastoma cells, a reduction from the previous 5 to 10%.
We pray that the immunotherapy treatment plans continue to be this helpful and that he will before long be entirely cleared of the most cancers that remains.
Dominic will have his third spherical of immunotherapy the week just after up coming, and then the fourth round about a month immediately after that, adopted by a different set of scans.
Immunotherapy, compared with chemotherapy, does not induce white counts, platelets, or hemoglobin to drop, so we really don’t have to worry about 2 times-weekly lab perform or transfusions. We just have to have to go into clinic when a 7 days to have his central line dressing changed.
In the Meantime…
Dominic started kindergarten past 7 days! It has made my coronary heart so joyful to see him enjoying standard 5-calendar year-previous everyday living, exhibiting us the papers he’s worked on, and talking about the tiny things that have took place for the duration of the day.
Following expending the previous six months heading back again and forth from hospitals, inpatient stays for chemotherapy, surgical procedures, countless clinic visits, transfusions, radiation, and every thing in involving, acquiring some normalcy in day-to-day daily life has been this sort of a blessing for him.
AND he turns 6 this week! 🎉
You may perhaps have noticed a pair of new emails from me this past week! Thank you so considerably for the amazing feed-back!
I’m bit by bit starting off to get back into the swing of factors and with a a little bit much more predictable plan at household, I’m hoping to provide back Friday Issues and mail you delicious recipes on a semi-normal foundation once again. Remain tuned 😋