Round 2 - Denise Neish

Posted by | July 23, 2014 | Chemo, Diagnosis, PET scans, Radiation, Thoughts, Updates | 3 Comments

Friends,

We found out about two weeks ago that my cancer has returned. This time it is only in one small place in my lower back, in the iliac bone. Of course we are disappointed that I am no longer in remission, but this is not a huge surprise like the first time either. We have known that it was likely I would deal with this cancer again at some point. We just wished it would have been a longer remission.

Branden and I are still figuring out what my treatment plan will be. I feel great right now, and we are hopeful that I will continue to feel well during treatment. I may, or may not, do chemo. I’m almost certain that I will do radiation to that spot, but there are oral drugs that I may take rather than chemo. We just are not sure right now.

We have one opinion from my oncologist at Huntsman, but have decided that we will take a week-long trip out to MD Anderson in Houston, TX, which is arguably the best cancer hospital there is. We will be going the week of August 18th, (the first week of school for my kids) and I will have all sorts of tests while I’m there. I should come back with the best treatment plan for me, and some peace of mind that we have done our research and received multiple opinions from some well-respected oncologists.

We are really doing just fine. I am optimistic that I will be back in remission again soon. I thank you all for your love, support, and prayers in the past, and ask for your continued prayers. I am so fortunate to have, really and truly, the best family (on both sides) and friends. I am grateful for my faith, my husband, my children, and I feel strong and happy. My life is wonderful. My only complaint is that darn cancer! Hopefully we can get rid of it once and for all this time! I have learned that all I can to do is ‘do my best’. The rest is in the hands of my Heavenly Father.

I won’t begin any sort of treatment until after my trip next month to Houston. We will keep you posted on what we learn when we get back. And don’t worry, we really are doing fine, I just wanted to let you all know since I have shared this with you in the past. Love to each of you!!

Denise

3 Comments

  • Laura Reeves says:

    Praying for you Denise! Glad you can get to Houston and I know that our HBS friends out there will all rally around you. You are so strong and your attitude is incredible. You are a living miracle Denise

  • Taryn says:

    Best wishes! You will be in our prayers. You’re strength and optimism are amazing and so are you. I hope the trip to Texas goes well and that you can have a clear idea of what next steps to take.

  • Mame says:

    Hi Denise, Just sending support and understanding your way. You are showing such a capacity for maintaining family life while coping with advanced cancer, it is admirable! Glad you have friends, family and faith community to help as needed. Thanks for all that you give. Mame from Maine

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