Thursday, September 27, 2012

Good Scans

 Esther's scans went well the last two days and everything is shrinking. Her primary tumor is less than half of it's size. Her original tumor was 5cm x 7cm, today it was 2.9cm x 2.3cm.

The MIBG scan also reflected less neuroblastoma cells in her other locations. We knew that since her head is so nice & round these days! Other big news is that we received tentative dates for her MIBG therapy and this next month is going to be crazy.

Surgery is October 1st. She will then start her 5th round of chemo about October 15th. We are scheduled to meet with the doctor in Cincinnati November 1st. November 2nd will be our radiation safety training. Esther will be admitted to the hospital Monday, November 5th and she'll have the MIBG injection Tuesday, November 6th. She'll be radioactive 3-5ish days and we'll go home when it's safe for her to return. She will receive some of her stem cells on November 18th to help her body recover. We will then start her high dose chemo treatment sometime between December 10th and January 1st.

Whew, this is going fast.

Another sort of fun thing, the hospital called yesterday and asked if Esther would be the cover model for a fundraiser for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The center does a big fundraiser each year by selling Christmas cards using art by the patients. Esther submitted scribbles only a mother could love, but where her art skills lacked, cuteness prevailed. Those big green eyes and beautiful smile will be seeking lots of Christmas card sales over the next couple months.

Thank you for praying. We are pleased with the results. To God be the glory!


  1. So glad that things are shrinking and going away! Answer to prayer <3 Thats neat that shes going to be a cover model! She is cute :) Will be praying for her sugery. Taylors isnt until after round 5. Esther and Taylors schedules were similar before but now I think they take different paths. Radiation is after stem cell for us. Do you have bracelets or anything for Esther for fundraising type thing (I like them for prayer reminders)?

  2. Love, love, love the favorable news - Praise to God!!!! Your Esther is so daring, I can only imagine she'll help sell oodles of Christmas cards. Will continue to pray for you all, I hope you have a restful and peaceful weekend.

  3. Praise God for a little uplift - we love you all! A dear friend of mine here in St Louis, sent me this note after reading your blog:

    "How exciting. Many lumpy spots in the road ahead. But God is always faithful... reminded of David as Saul was pursuing him. It seems the Lord has given Esther & family wide steps to rest in before the next hurdle. She looks like a cover girl to me!
    Blessings, Carolyn

    [34] He made my feet like hinds' feet,
    and set me secure on the heights.
    [37] Thou didst give a wide place for my steps under me,
    and my feet did not slip

    How do non-believers handle these trials? We have a faithful and loving Father

  4. I am so gald to read this wonderful news - it was what I have been praying for! Thanks so much for keeping us all updated! ~Sara Anne