Thank you so much to the many, many people who have been praying and encouraging our family since we found out about my stepmom's cancer! It sounds so cliche, but even words from strangers have meant to much to her and my dad throughout this nightmare.
Since I first wrote about it, Diane changed her mind about getting chemo and is now receiving treatment down here in St. Louis at Barnes Jewish Hospital. They had a little more hope to offer her, not that they could get rid of it, but that they could slow it down. I honestly think she decided to do it for my dad, and he has been so happy she chose to do so.
Before they started chemo, they also found that she had a tumor in her brain that was inoperable. They were able to treat it with radiation and as far as we know, they got it all. Praise the Lord for small victories!
Once the started the chemo, things weren't going too badly until one day Diane started having horrible pain in her abdomen. She soon found out that she had kidney stones, and this would be the story of her life for the next two months. After seeing three urologists and having four surgeries to try and remove them, they just keep coming back. No one really knows what is causing them to develop so rapidly.
Diane has been in almost constant pain and completely miserable. She said the chemo alone wouldn't be so bad if she could just kick these kidney stones. After her most recent trip to the hospital this week with one, she said that something has to change. Finally, the doctor realized that the chemo could be causing them (something we've been asking about this whole time) and they are investigating what they can do differently.
(Photo taken after leaving the hospital from round two of chemo, and after surgery 3 for kidney stones.)
They are mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. Being in almost constant, severe pain is something I can hardly imagine. Taking care of someone you love and watching them suffer for two months straight is something I can hardly imagine. My dad and Diane still need so much prayer and so much support.
Once she is healthy enough to get her third round of chemo, we will hopefully be able to find out if it is actually working. However, if they can't figure out what to do about the kidney stones, there may not be any more chemo. The girl can't live that way, and we can't blame her.
This morning my dad said they would just like a little time to be "normal." Only God knows what comes next. We still trust, still pray, still wait.