Thursday, 7 April 2011


‘The state of absence of disease activity in patients with a chronic illness, with the possibility of return’  Wikipedia

Which is where we are. 

The scans were all clear and in the words of Celia one of the Haematology Nurses, ‘This is brilliant.  It is as good news as you could have’. 

We have so much to be thankful for and I need to thank you all again for your prayers and support over the last few months.  Janine is very relieved as she really had thought there would still be traces of the disease.

The good news is tempered slightly by the need for the consolidation treatment we had suspected would be required.  It was never going to be any other way really.  As we drove home we were talking through the possibilities which we understood to be 1-2 more cycles of chemotherapy or some radiotherapy.  That weekend away was looking a little closer. 

By the time we got home, however, the team had met and they actually want to give Janine 3 more cycles of chemo.  This isn’t what Janine wanted to hear and as we only heard this via voicemail there are some questions to ask in the morning. 

We splashed out on the way into Bracknell on a bottle of Prosecco from a well known German discount retailer.  Contemplating the three further cycles, Janine’s plan changed from a family celebration to drinking the whole bottle herself.  Fortunately, it is still on ice as, after all the excitement of the day, curling up on the sofa with ginger and lemon tea seems to be doing the trick.

It could be that the further chemo will start as early as next week.  I’ll do an update once we know.


Puddle Duck said...

Hello Jacksons!

Last year, given the obvious circumstances, one of my friends pointed me towards a news report that his Dad had presented in Newcastle. Anyway, I thought it might be good for you to look at, it provided me with a little bit of hope in a pretty dark time.

Every little helps!

Lots of Love to you all
Jemma x

Teresa C said...

many moons ago I used to attend BFC, we are now in sunny Colchester over in Essex.
Bill and I run a small youth Bible study group and we have been praying for Janine every Weds for some time. It is a rare thing to see 18yr old street wise boys shed a tear of joy over answered prayer (our group mostly consists of unchurched teenaged boys who have struggled with authority ).
Thankyou for sharing via this blog and thankyou God for your majesty and your neverending love for us all.
Teresa and Bill Cuthbert

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