Alison went back to Mayo early today for some tests and more chemo treatment. It was a very long and stressful day, as they piled more tests on her to rule out possibilities stemming from some abnormal results. Before Alison left, her doctor remained positive, but also realistic, telling her that the abnormal results might indicate that another type of chemo would be necessary. But in the end, she got wonderful news! Read Alison’s words below:
“I was remaining positive as my mom and I left the clinic and drove to the yarn shop to get the yarn I need for a hat I want to complete before my hair falls out. As we pulled out, I got a phone call from my doctor. She immediately, and very solemnly, asked me if I was sitting down. I said yes, I'm in the car, fortifying myself for really bad news given her intro. She followed up with a bunch of technical jargon, saying that the tumors have shown incredible reduction, blah, blah, blah. I immediately started crying--I mean sobbing even more than when I got the bad cancer news. Meanwhile, I scared the living daylights out of Mom--I'm sure she thought I had less than a week to live given my uncontrolled, emotional response! So I'm trying to give her the thumbs up while I'm sobbing so she knows it's good news! Before hanging up, my doctor helped solidify in my mind that this is really good news. And in the end, IT'S REALLY GOOD NEWS!! TREATMENT IS WORKING!!! I was emotional, so I don't remember a lot of what my doctor said, but I do remember that she said she was so happy, congratulated me, and said the difference in the scans from the beginning of January to today is ‘...black and white. Literally black and white.’ I do have a bunch of random appointments for peripheral issues (pain, etc) in the next few weeks, but the bottom line is treatment is working and that is all that really matters right now!!”
Alison is eternally grateful for the financial assistance and hope you have selflessly given to her and her family! And in case you missed it, our dear Alison was featured on her local news this past week! You can watch the video here: http://www.kttc.com/category/131445/video?clipId=9894044&topVideoCatNo=123681&autoStart=trueNeedless to say, a huge “Thank you” goes out to Rochester’s KTTC for their coverage and public support of Alison’s fight.
Alison is fighting a tough battle, but she was absolutely right a few weeks ago when she said she felt like she had turned a corner for the better. She's on the winning end now, and she plans to stay there! Please continue to pray, share, and give when you can! Alison’s herd is growing by the day thanks to your efforts!