September 7, 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
|Enjoying the "outside world" :)|
Deanne and Madeleine went out to celebrate tonight at a restaurant in Bethesda, and even got to enjoy a beautiful sunset.
It definitely feels a little different to have the freedom to go outside once again after so many days in the same hospital room and environment. It is also very different (and enjoyable!) to have new choices of things to eat, and the desire to eat food as well.
We are all relieved that Madeleine made it through the treatment so well, thanks to answered prayers, encouragement from so many people, and the excellent care of the doctors and nurses at NIH.
In a month, Madeleine will be back for a few days of scans and also apheresis (where they run your blood through a device that gives the doctors an idea of how the TIL cells are doing). This means that she'll have to keep the "port" that they surgically put into her neck until after that visit.
So, the treatment part of the TIL therapy is completely over, and she has moved into the observation and assessment part of the trial. Thank you for your continued prayers for Madeleine - we are praying that those TIL cells will continue to mobilize and fight any remaining melanoma.