Greetings to all of you who have walked with Natty during last September’s cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments…We hope and pray you are all well.
It has been a number of months since Natty finished her chemo and had the major surgery to remove what was left of her primary tumor and a lesion on her liver.We have had a very good summer and fall as a family. Been able to spend time together, doing some fun things. Natty has been growing like a weed — getting taller (90 cm now, up about 3 inches since last fall), putting on weight (now up around 28 pounds, from the less than 19 when she was diagnosed last September). Her vocabulary is increasing, she continues to demonstrate better and better dexterity. She has had a few nights of sleeping through the night, and she is working on potty training. To look at her, you would not know she is a cancer survivor
We were able to get some family photos done in September – I am including one of them for you to see Natty (along with the rest of us).
So, we have much to be thankful for. But it is with mixed emotions that I write this update. Last week Natty was in the hospital for her 6-month end-of-treatment scans. This morning (Wednesday the 4th) we met with the doctor for an examination and to discuss the results. He unfortunately had some news we did not want to hear, and which hit us pretty hard. There is one — only one — spot of activity on her liver which was not there in June. The lesion was there, but it was not active. Now, it is very active — not much bigger than in June, but the activity is a concern. As a result, Natty is going to have to have more treatment.
She has to go in Friday for them to take bone marrow samples from her hips. Depending upon whether there is evidence of the cancer in her marrow, the doctors will need to decide on a path forward. Right now, it is a minimum of another surgery or four rounds of chemotherapy, perhaps both. We won’t find out for a couple weeks.
So, we ask again for your prayers. Mostly for Natty, that the Lord would see fit to heal her completely. But for us as well. We’re still trying to recover from the last year, so the path ahead is daunting. Pray for the boys too — the events of the last year really affected them, especially Blaise.
Once we have a better idea of what the next weeks look like, we will send you another update.
Thanks for any prayers you can offer, and thanks again for all the love and support you have shown us over the past year. The Lord has used all of you to support and encourage us. We would not have made it without what He has chosen to do through you.
Matthew for the rest of the family