More good news from my CT Scan
I shared before that we are rejoicing that the CT Scan shows my cancer has NOT spread to any other area that we don’t know about, praise the Lord, THE Great Physician! We did find out some more information on the two areas we are seeing cancer. The tumor on the right side that developed back in February has not grown since switching to the new types of chemo at that time, but has not shrunk either. After seeing the scan, the Radiologist says it looks like the tumor is dying on the inside! I didn’t know it could do that, but when I hear the cancer is dying, that is music to my ears! Also, the rash-like area on the left that developed at the end of March does not show up on the scan. This is good news, because it means the cancer has not invaded the muscle and tissues in that area and there are no tumors. It is most likely just in the skin layer, where we have already seen good response to the Herceptin!
We are so thankful God answered our prayers and I was able to deliver Asher naturally (no C-section to recover from), allowing me to continue my chemotherapy treatments right away! When I was released from the hospital on Friday, we made the trek a few blocks over to the chemo office to receive my Herceptin and Taxotere before going home. This coming Friday I will receive a new drug called Perjeta that also targets HER2 positive breast cancer. There have been very good results using these 3 drugs in combination, so we are very eager to see how the cancer responds!
And now what you’ve all been waiting for, an update on our precious little miracle, Asher! He continues to do well in the NICU and improve each day. His kidneys are having good output now; they were just a little slow to get going at first. We are thankful that it appears there will be no lasting affects on his kidneys due to the Herceptin I took!
Asher has been on a ventilator since Thursday to help him not work so hard to breath and help him learn to take deeper breaths. He is still breathing faster and shallower than the doctor would like, but improving each day. Yesterday (Monday) was a very exciting day for Asher, as he had progressed enough that they came and took the ventilator tube out late Monday afternoon. It was so wonderful to hear our little boy’s voice as he cried. While on the vent, you can see him crying when he gets mad or upset, but there is no sound. It was so special just to hear his little tiny cry and sweet little baby noises.
What came next was even more special, if that is possible! I was able to hold my sweet little boy in my arms again!!! I had gotten to hold him for a few brief moments following delivery, but he had to be quickly whisked away to the NICU. We have been able to reach into his incubator to touch him and help with his cares, but have not been able to hold him while he was on the ventilator. It was such a joy just to hold him in my arms for nearly an hour, as he slept, wiggled, cried, and looked up into my eyes. What an amazing miracle God has given to us!
Asher also began receiving breast milk through his feeding tube on Saturday and they have steadily increased his feedings since then with no issues. Keep praying that Asher will improve daily and not have to go back on the ventilator. We are continually amazed by God’s love, grace, and mercy! He continues to shower down new blessings each day! Thank you all for your love, prayers and support!
God, in His great, steadfast love, has given us our heart’s desire in our little Asher. David, in Psalm 21:1-7, reflects on how trusting in God leads to receiving the desires of our hearts:
“O Lord, in your strength the king rejoices,
and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
You have given him his heart’s desire
and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
For you meet him with rich blessings;
you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
He asked life of you; you gave it to him,
length of days forever and ever.
His glory is great through your salvation;
splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
For you make him most blessed forever;
you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord,
and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.