Well, I had my 16th chemo treatment two days ago, & received my CA-125 numbers yesterday. Unfortunately, they've gone from 82 to 173. I can't say that I was surprised. I've just had a feeling this past week that things weren't going to continue to go as smoothly as they had been. In fact, I had a couple of "tender mercy" experiences on Sunday, that I think helped prepare me to receive the news, so I'm doing pretty good. Dr. Prystas says that it's possible there was a lab error in running the blood test, and so I'll go to McKay-Dee next Wednesday to have my blood drawn & redo the test. If the numbers are still elevated, then she'll probably order another scan to see if perhaps there is a small tumor growing somehwere that can be surgically removed. If they don't see any signs of a tumor, then she'll probably switch my chemo medications. Fortunately, one of the drugs that was unavailable to me last fall is now available, & she thinks that would be a good choice. I won't know anything until next Thursday or Friday.
In the meantime, life goes on. I'm receiving my Christmas present this weekend from Vern--tickets to see the Donny & Marie show in Las Vegas. We'll be heading down to Vegas on Friday morning to spend the weekend. I am so excited! My kids think I'm lame, and I don't know that Vern's real excited about the show, but I am thrilled to be seeing my childhood crush. Vern puts so much thought into his gifts to me, & I am really very grateful to be going--it will be a nice break for the two of us. Next week I'll be heading to BYU Women's Conference with Mom, my aunt Phyllis, Julie, Heidi, Elsie & some friends. I am so happy to be able to go down there, and know that it will be the best place for me--physically & spiritually--to get whatever the news is going to be from Dr. Prystas.
Thank you all again for your sweet thoughts & prayers. I have heard from so many of you these past few weeks, & am continually touched by your continuing to think of me, and serve me & my family. I am so blessed to be loved by so many of you--this has been an incredibly difficult, yet sweet experience for me. I have really come to know how much Heavenly Father loves each of us, & how very involved He is in our lives. I know that I probably receive so many more "tender mercies" from Him than I am even aware of, & I hope I can open my eyes better to see His blessings & workings in my life. Love, Kim
Kim was diagnosed last Thursday, September 16, 2010 with ovarian cancer. As Kim's Family, Friends, Neighbors and Fans - we have started this blog to help share information, updates, support, and love with each other during her next few months of surgery, treatment and healing. We will try to update it whenever we receive information. Please feel free to leave a comment expressing your support, love, and encouragement anytime - as that is how we will all grow and strengthen each other - especially Kim and her family. We love you Kim, and our faith, prayers, and total support and dedication are with you as you embark on this "Journey"!