Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Judy Update

The visit to MD Anderson today didn't go quite as well as we'd hoped.

Judy has two kinds of low-grade lymphoma. We knew that already. There's no trace of it in any lymph nodes other than those in the neck. That's the good news. Unfortunately, the PET scan showed lymphoma in the bone in a few areas. That's likely to be a more aggressive form of lymphoma, which would mean a more aggressive form of chemo would be necessary.

So Judy will have to have another MRI and another bone biopsy (she's not looking forward to either of those). Then, maybe in two more weeks we'll get the plan for the chemo treatments. It's likely to be every 3 weeks for 6 months.

More waiting and wondering, but we're holding up pretty well so far.

Thanks for all the support from you blog readers. It's helped a lot, as I've said before and will probablty say again.

37 comments:

Karin M said...

Chemo is hard. Let's hope it stops the lymphoma in its tracks! Thinking of you and Judy.

Bill Crider said...

Thanks, Karin!

Lonnie Cruse said...

Keepin' her (and you) in my prayers. And don't forget to give Judy some chocolate. Cures everything. Really.

Bill Crider said...

I agree, Lonnie, and thanks.

Jayme Lynn Blaschke said...

Give 'em hell, Judy!

Gerald So said...

Thanks for the update, Bill.

Todd Mason said...

Hope it can be Open MRI...and that the biopsies are too arduous and all come up the less ferocious strain. Oncology is getting notably more adept, and ever more rapidly...condolences for the bad news, congratulations for the good, and hopes for all good (as chemo will allow) as this goes on.

TM said...

Aren't too arduous, of course, is what I would've typed if awake. As Gerald noted, thanks for the update, and regards to Ms. Crider.

Bill Crider said...

Thanks, all. Judy wanted an open MRI, Todd, but they don't have them at MD Anderson. We had a look at their machine, and it's pretty roomy, so Judy said she could stand it.

Steven said...

Thoughts and prayers with you both.

Anthony Rainone said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

I've had several family members with cancer. Contact me via email if you want to chat or anything.

Anthony

Bill Crider said...

Thanks, guys. We're hanging in there.

Vince said...

Not ideal news, but I put my faith in Judy and the doctors. Hang in there.

Bill Crider said...

Judy's tough, and the doctors are the best. I hope.

Dave Zeltserman said...

Bill, like everyone else, my thoughts are with you two.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Add my voice to the chorus. You guys are a couple of my favorite people and I know that whatever hurts one of your hurts both. So my good wishes are for both of you.

Bill Crider said...

Thanks, fellas. This is serious stuff, all right. We're going to handle it, though.

Peter said...

Best to you both!

Bill Crider said...

Thanks, Peter.

Fred Blosser said...

Tough patient, caring spouse, and good doctors are a strong combination.

Bill Crider said...

Let's hope it's a winner.

Anonymous said...

Keep the faith, Bill. Lots of people are pulling for the both of you.

Jerry House

Bill Crider said...

You're right, Jerry. Hard to believe so many people care. And I'm grateful that they do.

Craig Zablo said...

Hang in there. Be strong. You have a lot of people pulling for Judy [and you].

pattinase (abbott) said...

This roller coastering is very hard I imagine. We think of you both all the time.

Jeff Meyerson said...

I just keep thinking that Judy's mom is still around so she has the right genetic background to get through this and many many more years to come.

Cate Dodson said...

HI, Bill--My mom's been keeping me posted, but now that I know you're putting updates here, I'll check in more. You're both in my thoughts.
Cate (aka Cathy) ;)

Bill Crider said...

Thanks, Patti, Jeff, and Cate. Judy's mom is 94 and still going strong. I figure Judy will be 94 one of these days.

Bill Crider said...

And thanks to you, too, Craig. I missed seeing your comment the first time.

Gerard said...

An earlier fella's comment was perfect, so I'll steal it: "condolences for the bad news, congratulations for the good, and hopes for all good (as chemo will allow) as this goes on."

Bill Crider said...

Yeah, that's a good comment, and well worth repeating. Thanks, Gerard.

Juri said...

Here's some more support from your Finnish publisher!

Bill Crider said...

Thanks, Juri!

Rene said...

I'm sorry to hear about this.
I hope everything works out for you & Mrs C.

Bill Crider said...

Thanks, Rene. It'll work out. We're sure.

moni said...

Only positive thoughts allowed at this time. All our best to you and Judy.

Bill Crider said...

Thanks, Moni! Positive thoughts, indeed.