Monday, April 21, 2008

A Sad Day

Today, we received word that our friend, Bruce Alexander passed away. It's still hard to believe. I took a nap this afternoon, and awoke thinking "maybe it was a dream." But it was not. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go to the Alexander family at this sad time.

On another note, Jane had a PET scan last Friday, and we received a call from the oncologist with the news. Jane's cancer has shown a "significant increase in peritoneal carcinomatosis." The radiology report says a whole lot more, but the bottom line is that the chemotherapy that is wreaking havoc on her is not working.

We have the option of going back to the original chemotherapy regimen, but that would mean Oxalyplatin, which causes severe neuropathy in Jane's hands. After tearful consideration, Jane has decided not to undergo any more chemo, and will concentrate on her nutrition; not for curative effect, but so that she will feel better. Her digestive tract is not working very well right now.

We had tearful conversations with our kids this afternoon/evening, and we're going to try to take things one day at a time. The prognosis is that we're looking at a few months (3-6) or maybe a little longer. Time will tell.

Please continue to pray for Jane and our family.

On a more upbeat note, my son Brent, his wife Shelly, and our granddaughter Lily are flying here from Michigan on the 16th of May. This is a trip that neither we, nor our son, could afford to pay for, so many have stepped forward with financial donations to help make the trip a reality. We want Jane to see our only grandchild one more time.

If you are interested in donating any amount to help defer expenses for their travel, please contact me via the blog, and we can make arrangements.

Blessings to you all,



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Doug and Jane:
I am not in the position to give money, but please call me if you need me to do anything. 758-6668. I am glad the family is getting together. Please concentrate on Jane's nutrition. When she will be able to eat better, and she will be, ask the MD about Thalidomide. It will not cure, but it will make Jane feel better, and she will be able to eat and not lose anymore weight. In other words she can be more comfortable, and maybe live a little bit longer feeling better. Right now it is the quality of life. I feel terrible, and I am crying with you. You and Jane are always in my prayers for healing. Love and Prayers, Regina

April 22, 2008 at 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Doug, my heart goes out to you all.

Karen B.

April 22, 2008 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Jack Glubrecht said...

Doug and Jane,

My heart cries out to God for you! We'll keep praying for you and trust that you will find your strength and refuge in God (Psalm 62:5-8). Hope the weather forecast is right and that we have some sun headed Jane's way this Saturday.

April 22, 2008 at 3:02 PM  

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