13 Jul 7-13-17 Update on Cath ~ hospice
The results are in from Monday’s scans and not are what we prayed for.
We met with Dr Gribbin Tuesday and found out the third line of chemo didn’t
help as the cancer continues to progress. Continuing chemo would cause more harm than good at this point. It will shorten her quality and quantity of life so it doesn’t make sense to continue. She’s tried three different types. That last type of chemo, Taxol, came with horrible side affects so I’m so glad he agreed to do the scans before making her go through that next round.
SCLC is a monster and I pray for any person, family member or caregiver that has to experience this hell on earth. I’ve never felt so helpless.
Lack’s arranged for Hospice as we were leaving Dr. Gribbon’s office someone from Hospice met us at Cath’s within hours. This doesn’t mean she is going to tip over and die tomorrow; I think most people think that because that’s when people finally take advantage of what their facilities have to offer. If you get better while on hospice, you can opt back out and or if the option to try a clinical trial or immunotherapy type of treatment is available, a person can opt out of hospice and go back to how it was before.
Right now this is the best option for her. Hospice actually has more freedom to help control her pain… because they don’t have to stay within any limits or avoid any meds that might conflict with chemotherapy.
That being said, Cath has been put through hell the past seven months. There’s just no other way to describe it. This specific cancer is a beast.
We have a big event coming up this month and are asking for very specific prayers. Praying Cath’s pain is controlled and that she is well enough to enjoy a family getaway at a cottage we rented. Also hoping and praying we can get her out to Sleeping Bear Dunes and other scenic outlooks over Lake Michigan and throughout the Leelanau Peninsula. Finally, that she’s feeling well enough to attend my niece’s wedding. Please join us in praying for these specific things!
Words cannot express how much we appreciate all the love, support, prayers and continued paint sales as we go through this difficult journey. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you!
To follow Cath’s progress, you can subscribe to her CaringBridge website, It’s listed under Cathy Blood. You can also view updates on her GoFundMe site, also under Cathy Blood. I also post small updates on our ShizzleLLC Facebook page.
Thanks again, Shelly