Hi all . . . Jeff here.
Well, I'm writing this from my hospital room, which means that we're continuing with treatment! That's a BIG prayer answered. The radiologist compared my recent scan to a CD copy of my earlier scans and indicated that the lesions had decreased in size. Dr. Legha said it was not possible to determine exactly how much they had decreased--evidently, it's difficult to draw precise measurements when comparing a digital image to an actual film--but he believed it was enough to justify proceeding with treatment. The most hopeful sign from him was his attitude. He acted surprised that we would be nervous. He said the fact that my subcutaneous nodes (the bumps on my back and sides) had responded to treatment was a good indication that the internal lesions had responded as well. I admit that I still feel a bit nervous about the whole thing. It's hard to hear someone talk in detail about lesions inside your body and come away feeling good about it. Nevertheless, I am very grateful to be sitting here in the hospital. Another round of biochemo is nothing compared to the anxiety I've felt the past several days. Hopefully the treatment will continue to work effectively on all of the cancer.
I'll be out of commission for the next week or two, so I'd like to say thank you to everyone once again for all your thoughts and prayers. One of the two high points of my day comes when I can check this blog and the Dodd Family Fund guestbook to see your comments. The other high point is when I check the mail and find the letters and packages so many of you have sent. I love reading it all, and it helps take my mind off the treatment for a little while. And another big thanks to everyone for continuing to do so much to help our family during this tough time. Thanks to all the families at Wilson School and St. Jude Parish, to our neighbors, to the members of the ND Clubs of Milwaukee and Houston, and to our many friends and relatives. You have all done so much to make this experience easier for me and my family.
Speaking of family, I'd like to say hi to Aubrey, Regan, and Jack. I miss you guys a lot. It would be much easier to go through all this if I had you around. I'm already looking forward to the next time you get to come to Houston!
Well, the nurses and pharmacists are working on my drug cocktail as I write this so I'll sign off for now. Hopefully I'll be conscious enough to watch American Idol tonight to see who gets the boot.