"Everything is really, really, really good." Those were Sherryl's first words to us following her appointment with her oncology team today.
Results of tests performed earlier this week show no new cancerous sites and no existing cancer is growing. Specifically, there are no signs of cancer in any of the major organs, and there is nothing in the lungs. The bone scan that was done earlier this week was compared to the one done in August. While bones take a long time to heal, no more cancer is seen. All is stable and Sherryl's favorite nurse told her, "You've hit a home run. It can't get better than this right now."
Moving forward, Sherryl will continue to benefit from chemotherapy treatment as it stays in the system for a while. While Femara was prescribed prior to chemotherapy, Tamoxifen will now be taken orally. In addition, Zometa will continue to be administered once a month.
Sherryl's next appointment with her oncology team is not until after Christmas and tumor markers will be recorded every two months. In the meantime, the team will continue to monitor how she feels. Sherryl is scheduled to see her radiology oncologist on Monday, December 3. Discussing the start of radiation treatment will be a key topic at that appointment.
Sherryl's successful response to treatment can clearly be attributed to her excellent team of health care providers and to the unbeatable emotional support she receives from family and friends. RaRa deserves a lot of credit, too, for her optimism and grace. While Sherryl is aware of the importance of her state of mind during this time, she is also indebted to so very many people for their unconditional love and support. As she shared at our Thanksgiving table, she doesn't think she'd be here without all the love she feels from her family and friends.
The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York was lit tonight for the 75th consecutive year. As the holiday season officially begins, it is with great peace and gratitude that we know, for RaRa, all is calm, all is bright. Thank you once again for loving our sister as much as we do.