Day 176 on the Road to Recovery…
We’ve just completed Sophie’s 3rd post-surgery chemo cycle, and yesterday started the next round. For the 3rd cycle, we were again lucky to only visit MSK sporadically for therapy and blood count visits. We have also enjoyed a few more visits with different cousins from both near and far, and continued to have a few playdates with different friends. Some of the other highlights of Sophie’s week often include “special visits” from her nursery school music teacher, individual story time with the Fair Lawn librarians at our house, or “project time” with another one of the teachers from her school. We feel so fortunate to have such amazing people surrounding Sophie and continuing to educate and instill within her a love for learning during this year where she is unable to attend school.
As mentioned above, yesterday we started Sophie’s 4th (out of 8) post-surgical chemo rounds. While the chemo regimen post-surgery is slightly different than the one she was on pre-surgery, it is still difficult for any person to withstand. Sophie’s typical reaction to the chemo includes exhaustion and irritability both during and for a few days following chemo completion. Fortunately, Sophie’s team has done an amazing job of being able to control her nausea most of the time. We are hopeful that this round (as well as the next 4) proceed with as little difficulty as possible, just as the last few have been.
We also had scans earlier this week. “Scan Day”… two words we do not take lightly. These were Sophie’s first full scans post-surgery, as she underwent both a PET scan and CT scan. There are always risks of cancer recurrence and these scans (as well as each and every one in the coming weeks, months and years) will keep us informed on whether Sophie continues to live cancer-free. We are so grateful and relieved to say that thank God, both scans came back clear, showing no new signs of tumor in her original spot or anywhere else in her body.
Thank you for those who continue to bake Challah for Sophie, keep her in your thoughts and prayers, and everything else you’re doing for our little princess. Her journey is ongoing, but she is truly the bravest fighter we know.