A Brief Post-Holiday Update

It’s been quite awhile since our last post, due to various activities, experiences, and discussions.  Once Sophie came home from camp and completed her previous cycle of chemo, the doctors booked her for a set of scans in early September to determine next steps for treatment.  

We were fortunate to receive positive news from Sophie’s scan results; all scans came back free of disease at this point in time.  Despite this news, Sophie’s medical team determined it would be best to continue with an additional 3 rounds of chemo treatment, in order to hopefully ensure further clear scans for the future.  Sophie completed her 1st of 3 last rounds of chemo in her overall current treatment plan a couple of weeks ago. The team was creative in scheduling our chemo this time, and was able to have us come in on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for treatment.  They sent us home with a fluid backpack on Tuesday evening which would take us through until Thursday, and let us be home for Yom Kippur, which was a nice reprieve for the holiday.

On a separate note, Sophie’s doctors gave us permission to enroll her in school for the upcoming year.  Although she has only attended a few days here and there due to her chemo schedule, thus far she is loving her time with her friends and teachers.  Over the course of the rest of the next 2 cycles of chemo, Sophie will be able to attend school every 3rd or so week, and we will continue home instruction as well when she is able to (similar to what we’ve done in the past).  

Finally, the best experience we’ve had over the last few weeks is attending Sophie’s cousin’s bar mitzvah in Florida!  Given the uncertainty surrounding Sophie’s treatment, we were not confirmed to attend until the very last minute, but were fortunate to be able to all travel as a family and spend the weekend with the Bloom family for Tzvi’s bar mitzvah.  Sophie had an absolute blast playing with all of her cousins, and we felt so grateful that everyone’s health was good enough to partake in such a special occasion.

We will continue to provide updates as we can.

14 Replies to “A Brief Post-Holiday Update”

  1. It was such an honor and tremendous joy to celebrate with all of you folks! WE feel so grateful that you made the effort to be together for the simcha. I know it was not easy and it shows how important the family is to you guys. We are so fortunate to have you in our lives .We love you all and look forward to celebrating together many joyous occasions in the future.
    Lots of love from us all and Shabbat Shalom!

  2. What good news! May we only hear more of it!

  3. Baruch HaShem and Mazel tov on all the good news!! Hoping all updates will be all revealed good news! Keeping Sophie in prayer for a total complete recovery!

  4. Rebecca Ashkenas says: Reply

    Can’t get enough good news!! Bh! So great to see Sophie in Shul over Yom Tov.

  5. It is always so good to have Sophie’s update! So happy with the good news that the scans were ok. Although i have never had the pleasure of meeting Sophie i feel so connected as though she is my own grandchild. Sophie is an inspiration with her beautiful smile and joyous personality. May she continue on the road to complete recovery as Hashem, her medical staff, family and friends embrace her with love and kindness.

  6. Praying things continue on an upswing!
    What a trooper & inspiration for all!
    Shabbat Shalom
    Chodesh Tov

  7. David and Bonnie Spangler says: Reply

    So glad that Sophie is making such good progress. Shabbat Shalom!

  8. Ruben Mizrahi says: Reply

    Hey Sophie.. Chava Shalva Gabriella.. it’s great to hear good news about your recovery! I’m so happy to hear that you are going to be going to school!! I hope you enjoy it and learn tons and you recover quickly so you can be there full time!!!
    So much love and berachot. May HaShem bless you and your family!!

  9. Berni and Larry Zierler says: Reply

    So relieved! Just got back from visiting Yoni, Yochi and Golan. We spoke of all of you and our hopes and wishes for the year. Glad to return to good news!

  10. So happy to hear the wonderful news of clear scans. I hope that Sophie’s recovery continues and she suffer from no more illness! Her smile is so beautiful and her giggle is contagious 🙂
    Love Dina (camp simcha nurse)

  11. Wow! Wow! Wow! Such great news! Sending love to you all!

  12. Sara Malka Margolis says: Reply

    Mazal Tov to all of the Bloom and Spangenthal family on Elazar and Rivkah’s son Tzvi’s Bar Mitzvah!!! Larry and I are glad to hear that you and your family attended. It is very heartwarming to also hear how much Sophie so enjoyed playing with all of her cousins! 🙂 We continue to pray and say misheberachs for Chava Shalva Gavriella bas Shani Aliza’s refuah shleima.
    Sara Malka and Larry

  13. Michael Rosenzweig says: Reply

    Very very Beautiful my friend . A huge Mazel Tov my friend and many beautiful blessings from G-d . So so happy our wonderful Sophie is doing so nicely . May she continue to always improve and be well and be only happy / healthy well . She / you all are always in my prayers .

    Shalom/ only goodness my friends.

  14. Thinking of you all – always. May Hashem continue to shine his star above Sophie and your whole family. Thanks for all the updates. God Bless. Lots of love Janine David Lees and family.

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