As usual, it has been several months since our last update. Gwen has been doing well and continues her routine scans in Raleigh, eye check ups at Duke, and doctor appointments in Boston. Recently, her doctor in Boston, Dr. Shaw, has decided to start focusing more on the research side of things. This has been a little upsetting to Gwen as she will continue to go to Boston but will have to see a doctor that she knows nothing about. Dr. Shaw will still be involved in the sense that she will be checking in with the status of her former patients, etc.
If you are a regular reader, you know that Gwen has had some minuscule spots in her lungs that have been closely monitored. These spots are the return of the cancer, however, it has been determined that she is still on the best treatment plan at this time. At her most recent scans/appointments, a spot on her femur “lit up.” ‘‘Tis the season for lights and all, however this isn’t really the type of lit up we like to hear about. Overall, the scans were considered good and everything else was listed as “stable,” so the spots in the lung and the spot on the femur will continue to be monitored, and the current targeted treatment will continue.
We are spending the holiday season in NY visiting our northern friends and family. It has been warm enough for the snow to melt and for the cars and kids to get muddy and gross. Gwen participated in the Cazenovia girls basketball alumni game on the 26th. She had a great time playing against girls who were born the year she graduated from high school
and who were still feeling really super competitive. She did score 4 points including a 3 from downtown (!) as evidenced by this celebratory pic:
This photo also represents our feelings, but especially Gwen’s, as we approach January 2nd, 2020, which will be her five year cancerversary! Given the 5 year survival statistics, which look extra scary due to the smokers who have lung cancer, this anniversary is an exciting milestone for our ROS-1der.