February 13, 2013
So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
|Kenzie, Tanner, Austin, and Madeleine in San Diego|
In her spare time, Madeleine has been putting her passion for athletics and coaching to good use. She recently began helping coach the 7th & 8th grade volleyball teams at Piner Olivet Charter School (where she went to middle school). And, she is also helping assist the coach of Montgomery High School's swim team (she was a part of the team last year).
On the health front, she made it through another round of radiation at the end of January that was targeted at the new lymph node that was growing near the previous area. In consultation with her oncologist and UCSF, she finished the Yervoy infusions after two rounds and began working to get into the clinical trial at UCSF. We went down to UCSF at the end of January to get the process started, and have been going through screening tests and waiting for the paperwork to come through.
|UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center|
If all goes well, Madeleine will begin the clinical trial during the first week of March. She would go down to UCSF every three weeks to have blood tests, an exam, and an infusion at the UCSF treatment center (pictured above). They will be able to work around some of the vacation time that Madeleine already has planned :) so that makes us all really happy.
We are really excited about the possibility of her being able to start this new medication, which has shown a lot of promise (and side effects that are minimal - especially compared to Biochemo or some of the other treatments out there).
Please be praying with us that the door would open for her, and that this treatment would really be effective. As always, thank you for your concern and support.