Husband reporter here. Many of you have asked for an update. You care and that means the world. My original intent was to act as Karyn’s ghost writer and provide an update in her voice, which she would then edit and approve. Yet, despite being married to her for a great many/many great years, I am neither her nor a good enough writer to pretend to be. You’d see through any façade I attempted. Trust me.
The most recent MRI, which was pushed out to six weeks after the last
showed more tumor growth. The beast, as Karyn calls it, is back and it’s getting bigger. It’s time to do something. Again.
We talked with her neuro-oncologist a few times about various options for treatment, and another round of radiation is the best of them. Radiation is not without risks, but Karyn’s doctors feel her brain and body will tolerate it well. And, doing nothing would be worse.
Deciding this is nothing to wait on, Karyn elected to start ASAP and has her first of 10 radiation sessions today. Taking a day off for Christmas (gee, thanks), that means the last session would be Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Additional conversations with the neuro-oncologist and radiologist have us more positive than we already were. Re-radiation (second time around) does not tend to create damage to the brain, and odds are good that tumor growth will be stopped or that it will shrink. It’s not a cure (still waiting on one of those), but means more time.
“How much more time?” I can hear you asking. The answers we got are all based on averages and statistics (your mileage may vary). But, consider how well Karyn has responded to previous treatments. Factor in her determination. Her strength. Her unequivocal badassary. Her network of loving and supportive friends and family (you). That all adds up to “mileage.”
So, here we go. Again. We appreciate your positivity, support and love. It’s produced miraculous results thus far.