Pleased Oct, close friends!
I hope you have all had a great start to drop and are savoring the cooler temperatures and lovely tumble times.
I’m popping in currently with a new Dominic update. Thank you all so a lot for your e-mails, the playing cards and items that you have despatched, and all of the prayers you have supplied up our family appreciates it all so quite a lot ❤️
The Most recent Treatments and Scans
Right after Labor Working day, Dominic had his 2nd spherical of immunotherapy therapy, followed up by a new set of scans and a bone marrow biopsy in mid-September.
We acquired extremely encouraging news… the scan showed that 50% of the most cancers has cleared, which is the greatest shift of the needle that we’ve found so much.
The entire-entire body radioactive scan carried out for neuroblastoma is called an MIBG scan and it is provided a “Curie score” – 10 segments of the system are scored to 3, centered on how substantially cancer is present, which usually means the optimum score it can clearly show is 30. In May possibly, Dominic’s rating was 27 after surgery and prior to starting immunotherapy, his rating was 26. Following the second round of immunotherapy, this most recent scan confirmed a score of 13.
His bone marrow biopsy confirmed what the health practitioner named “just a trace” of neuroblastoma cells, a reduction from the prior 5 to 10%.
We pray that the immunotherapy treatments keep on to be this powerful and that he will before long be fully cleared of the cancer that continues to be.
Dominic will have his 3rd round of immunotherapy the week just after upcoming, and then the fourth round about a thirty day period after that, followed by one more established of scans.
Immunotherapy, as opposed to chemotherapy, does not lead to white counts, platelets, or hemoglobin to drop, so we really do not have to fret about 2 times-weekly lab perform or transfusions. We just need to have to go into clinic the moment a week to have his central line dressing modified.
In the Meantime…
Dominic started kindergarten very last 7 days! It has created my heart so delighted to see him experiencing ordinary 5-yr-outdated everyday living, exhibiting us the papers he’s worked on, and speaking about the little items that have occurred during the working day.
Following paying out the last 6 months likely again and forth from hospitals, inpatient stays for chemotherapy, medical procedures, unlimited clinic visits, transfusions, radiation, and all the things in between, getting some normalcy in every day life has been such a blessing for him.
AND he turns 6 this 7 days! 🎉
You may have viewed a few of new e-mails from me this very last week! Thank you so much for the wonderful comments!
I’m little by little starting up to get back again into the swing of things and with a somewhat a lot more predictable plan at property, I’m hoping to carry again Friday Things and send out you delicious recipes on a semi-normal foundation once more. Stay tuned 😋