Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Discouraging news

We got the results of my CT scan today and they weren't good. The chemotherapy has had minimal to no effect on the tumors. 4 rounds of chemo and they did nothing. We had talked about doing high dose chemo but the doctor at Princess Margaret feels high dose won't do anything either since the regular dose was so ineffective.

So we're done with Plan A and we move on to Plan B. Plan B is a new chemo protocol - 2 totally new drugs. I don't know anything about these drugs - if they're easier/harder than the first, the length of time they take to infuse etc etc. We have a meeting with my oncologist on Monday and will find out more at that time. In the meantime, we going to see if we can do a third opinion with an expert in the U.S. to ensure this Plan B is the right way to go.

Please remember me in your prayers as we deal with this discouraging news.


Jessie said...

Dear Annette,

I will keep you in my prayers.

Your blogspot neighbor...Jessie

Michelle said...

Oh Annette,

My heart was so heavy as I read this news. How very frustrating that must have been to get those results after 4 rounds of going through the chemo. Keeping you in my prayers that Plan B is the right way to go.

Amy said...


We'll be praying that Plan B is the answer. I know you have the strength to do this, and all of us who love you will be holding you up in prayer all the way.

Amy & Emma

Cynthia said...

You have my prayers as you go from plan A to Plan B.

Anonymous said...

Annette I will be keeping you in my prayers that this new plan of action will be effective. How discouraging that the chemo you've already had to endure hasn't been effective.


mum2brady said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. We will be keeping you in our prayers that this new protocol will work and is the right thing. Wish I could do more. Our thoughts and hearts are with you as you do your research and start your new treatments.

Hugs, and prayers......
Christine and Brady

Tara Marie said...

Annette, I'm so sorry that these rounds of chemo have not given the effect that was needed [and that you had gone through so much yuckiness] My heart is heavy that you have to move to plan B, but I pray that plan B will be the answer and will destroy this cancer.

Peace and love always, TM

Mis said...

Annette, I am so sorry that the news wasn't better for you. I know how discouraged you must feel. We are praying for you; hoping that plan B works wonders for you.
Melissa & Bill (and the rest)

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Charmian said...

Dear Annette,

We're so sorry to hear the chemo isn't working. I can't imagine the frustration of going through the treatment and seeing no progress. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Plan B.


Clare said...

Dear Annette,

I'm so sorry to hear this. I was so hoping that you were making progress. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers that the next step is more successful. Hang in there, we're pulling for you.


Karen said...

Continued prayers for you Annette.

Love, Karen (Connor's mom)

Mauzy said...

Annette I know how discouraging this must be, but still have faith that this beast can be slayed! Are you heading to TX for the 3rd opinion? Know our home is open on the route down! Prayers continue my friend..............

Wilbur&Arlys Veen said...

Dear Annette,
Hugs and Prayers from your California cousins are winging your way.

Positively Ingrid said...


I was horrified to read your update this morning! I had hoped this would have gone easier for you. I do absolutely believe you are going to be well again, but wish the road was shorter. I am glad you have a Plan B and support the 3rd opinion route.

I talk to God alot and will pull all the strings I can :)

Plus I have you on my screen saver now as reminder to send positive energy.

xoxo Ingrid

Jen said...

Annette you have been on my mind a great deal lately. I am praying the new treatments work. Christy and I are not too far away so let us know if you need anything at all.

Sending big cyberhugs to you ((((HUGS))))

Jen and Patrick

Anonymous said...

Lots of prayers for all of you... Jen & John

Anonymous said...

Prayers for you from Michigan....

Chris said...


I'm so sorry that you've had another bump in the road, but I am just sure that's all it will end up being- another bump that you'll overcome. Here's to a smooth ride the rest of the way.

Chris and Ariana and family

Anonymous said...

Dear Annette and Tom
just read your blog, what disapointing news!! Our prayers are with you, may plan B be the right one. Neat to hear Kurtis did so well on his piano recitel. Shalom!! Peter & Susan Nauta

Anonymous said...

Hi Annette,

We have been keeping up with your journey through this blog. Our hearts are heavy with the latest news! We are thinking of you often and praying for you lots. We love hearing about the boys, they are so cute!

Nadia VanderKuip
(Steve's sister-in-law, married to Jeff)

Lisa Huckleberry said...

Dear Annette,

Just wanted you to know that Lily, Dustin and I are keeping you in our daily prayers! I want you to know that we are all rooting for you and know that somehow you will get through this.... I know of some great doctors here in the Metro Detroit area so if you need any help locating that other opinion here in the U.S. please just shoot me an email... lisahuckleberry@hotmail.com

Big hugs Annette,


Anonymous said...

Very disappointed to read your latest update. Hoping that Plan B
is the one!
Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Dear Annette,

You are in our prayers and thoughts. We are very thankful for your great gift of faith. God will be with you all the time. We hope that the new chemo is working for you without too many side effects.
All the Best
Elisabeth, Art and Julia