Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Judy Update

If you've been following the blog for a couple of years, you know that in June 2007 Judy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. After some grueling chemo, she went into remission about a year ago.

Today we discussed the results of her latest tests with her doctor. The lymphoma is back. We'd hoped for a minimum of five years remission. Since we suspected last October that things were looking bleak, we weren't surprised by today's news, just disappointed.

The upshot is that Judy will be going back into treatment within the month. We're looking at a couple of clinical trials, and we'll know more about the treatment in a week or two. Until then, we're going to try to carry on as usual.

The good news is that treatment isn't "urgent," just necessary. And Judy has no symptoms other than swollen lymph nodes. We're not looking forward to the next few months, but maybe this time the treatment won't be so tough. We hope not.

30 comments:

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Rotten news, and I'm really sorry to hear it. I know Judy will soldier on, though, and I wish her every kind of good luck and karma.

Peggy Hailey said...

Rough news. Best wishes to you both,

Rie Sheridan Rose said...

I'll be praying for her, Bill. I am so sorry to hear it. :(

Rick Klaw said...

As always, my thoughts are with you and Judy (mostly Judy, but you knew that). Hears to hoping she makes it through with flying colors.

Todd Mason said...

Maybe you'll get that five years plus after this round, and may it indeed be a lot less taxing this time.

JD Rhoades said...

Damn, damn, damn. I know the two of you will tough it out again, but it sucks mightily that you have to.

Gerard said...

Hope you both do okay.

Deb said...

So sorry to hear that, Bill. Tell Judy we're thinking about you both, and hope the chemo won't be so tough this time.

Randy Johnson said...

Fingers crossed. Keep the faith. All will be well.

Richard Heft said...

Bill, I'm bonking my head slowly against the nearest wall so that you don't have to.

norby said...

Sorry to hear that Bill-I'll be hoping for the best.

Duane Swierczynski said...

You guys are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary Ann Melton said...

I'm so sorry - I know this was not the news you wanted to hear. You and Judy will be in my thoughts and prayers!

Jon said...

Sorry to hear that. I hope she pulls through...

Graham Powell said...

Best of luck to you and Judy.

Juri said...

Here's hoping everything goes well, Bill!

Dan said...

ALL of our thoughts, prayers & good-luck-wishes will be with you both

Bill Crider said...

Thanks, everybody. It means a lot to know so many people care.

Ben Rehder said...

Really sorry to hear it, Bill. Please let Judy know that Becky and I are thinking about her.

Livia said...

Bill, what awful news. You know Judy will be in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do for either of you, please let us know.

Sling Words aka Joan Reeves said...

Bill, I'm so sorry. Please tell Judy that Larry and I both are praying for her.

Sarah Weinman said...

Aw man. This cancer shit is the pits. Thoughts and prayers from this corner, too.

David Jack Bell said...

Best wishes to you and Judy, Bill. We're thinking of you.

Jody said...

Darn! I know you guys feel like I did last year when my non-Hodgkins showed up - just one year after the spleen surgery that was supposed to take care of everything for as you said "a minimum of five years." Good luck with the treatment. I'm currently doing Rituxan maintenance every six months to keep it at bay. Off to a treatment this afternoon, in fact.
My prayers are with you both.

Tina Karelson said...

All the best to Judy during the next round of treatment. I'll be thinking of both of you.

Anonymous said...

Well, shit. Hugs all around. Never enough hugs.

You know the number.

stilwell

Shelly said...

Damn. I'm sorry to hear that. I hope she'll be okay. I'm sending good thoughts to both of you.

Vince said...

I can only add my voice to the chorus, Bill. Best wishes to you both.

Anonymous said...

I agree with stilwell. Wishing you the best -
B.Barrett

Anonymous said...

John and I are so sorry about the bad news. Give Judy our best; and we'll be thinking of you both - Johanna