Marideth is now in her final week of radiation therapy. It has been a long and hard journey for her, and all of us other friends are grateful to the team of caregiver friends who have given so much of their time and energy to seeing Marideth through all this.
We also thank you, donors and friends, who have made the caregiving possible. All in all, between the donations here on this site, the online and offline auctions, and other donations, we have raised well over $6,000! That's phenomenal.
Another CaringBridge post from Marideth today:
one hand counting
Written 10 hours ago by Marideth Sisco
As of today, Wednesday, there are five treatments left. Two, then the weekend, then three more, and then home. It's not the end of treatment, but the end of this phase. I get to rest some, play music some, get tested some before the last round. That occurs Oct. 22-26, in hospital, with two-hour treatments twice a day. At that point, keeping our fingers crossed, the tumor will be pronounced dead I'll be looking at 3 to 6 months recovery before I'm back to my ornery self. At least that's the story they're telling me.
Right now it's early afternoon, after treatment and lunch, and I'm going down for my afternoon nap. Five to go, and I couldn't have gotten here without you. Heart's blessings to you all. Eat a tomato for me, will you?
Here is tonight's message from Marideth:
Counting down: Nine
Written 09/19/2013 by Marideth Sisco
…more treatments to go, then a break, then back for a four day very scary procedure that I was looking forward to with at least a mild curiosity about the technical points. That was before they told me the plastic plate that will hold all the needle ports in place will be "sewn in." I'm still not altogether sure what that means, but I sure don't like the sound of it. But hey, it's just 4 days. Surely I can do that. They said they'll sedate me for the worst part. I wouldn't really mind if they sedated me for the whole part, but when I suggested that, they just smiled.
On the other hand, today was treatment 21. Nine to go. I like those numbers much better. Thanks to all who have sent messages of encouragement. They mean a great deal to me, and I hold you all in my heart. Love to all.
This is the latest from Marideth:
and now the consequences
Written September 17, 2013 7:14pm by Marideth Sisco
It's now Tuesday evening, Sept. 17, and the 19th day of treatment. All the weekend's adrenaline is gone, I crave rest and sleep, and am finding it difficult to see beyond sleep, medication, more sleep and tomorrow's treatment. By then I'll be 2/3 done with this round. I'll finish on Oct. 2, go home for a week, come back for a day of tests, PET Scan and MRI, go rest some more, and then back for brachiotherapy, which is the short way of saying four days of radiation directly on and in the tumor with radioactive beads. Got some more info on that today that made my hair stand up, but hey, if it works, then let's go for it. Also told to expect residual effects (fatigue, gastric issues) for another three to six months afterward. Not exactly the vacation/writing retreat i was hoping for. But again, if it works, it's worth it. More to come, but now it's nap time - again.
Posted by Marideth on her CaringBridge site:
Back on my headThe title is from an old joke that most have heard and those who haven't aren't missing much. I'm back in St. Louis at the Lodge after a three day jaunt over to western Missouri to perform w/Blackberry Winter band. Some said I shouldn't try it, others said it was foolish, and it probably was, but what a delight for all the band to be together, including David Wilson, who filled in for Dennis, who is at Winfield. An even greater joy was having Jonathan Scheuer, head of Juneapple Records, who flew in from New York to attend and get in a couple days visiting. Best of all for me – I DID IT. Cancer treatment took a break so we could make six old hillbillies into a splendid, spirit-filled, joyful performance. I wouldn't have missed it for anything. An added plus of untold wonder, 10 of my family members, mostly cousins and spouses, showed up for the gig and made me proud. A great weekend and too soon over. Thanks to all who made it possible, including the staff at the George Washington Carver National Monument at Diamond, Mo. who hosted us.
Thank you to all those who have donated thus far! We're off to a good start.
I'm posting some additional links in the main narrative to other sites where Marideth is featured in one way or another.
And, here is a recent post from Marideth:
"Hump day isn't always Wednesday, actually. I reached it today, having my 15th out of 30 radiation treatments at Siteman Cancer Center. No celebration, just a nap, as usual. So far, (everyone knock on wood) I haven't reached the level of fatigue usually associated with this far on the pathway, so am hoping I'll still be upright and able for the concert Saturday at Geo. Washington Carver National Monument. So looking forward to being with the band again and making some delicious music. Had a sweet surprise visit yesterday from Marsha Boone & Marie Steinwach of Jefferson City, who were in town for their own Dr. appointment and met me for lunch. And the switch in caregivers is going smoothly. Lois went home and was replaced by Lucy Carmichael, a retired nurse from Thayer who hasn't forgotten a thing from her former career and is asking the right questions to make me fess up to what's bothering me, why that may be and what might be done about it. So the treatment goes on, and me with it. Love to all. I appreciate your staying in touch. It's a big city, this hospital."