She had a bone marrow test, and they were not able to find any leukemia blasts in the sample. Leukemia is probably still hiding away somewhere in her body, however, and she has a long road of at least two years of chemotherapy ahead of her, to ensure that all of it gets killed. In other words, now that the cancer is down, it's time to kick it in the face: over and over, for a long time.
Nevertheless, unless she goes into relapse, the worst of the treatment is behind us.
Praise the Lord again! Shoshana was able to stay home for Christmas. She was in the hospital for a round of intense chemo, came home December 20th, and is scheduled to be admitted again for another similar round on Monday, December 31st. This cycle will repeat itself a total of four times, before moving along to the next phase of chemotherapy.
Specific items for prayer:
- Praise for answered prayer! Shoshana is in remission, and had a very merry Christmas together at home with her family.
- That Shoshana's leukemia will not stage a comeback; that it will be truly wiped out.
- As she continues treatment, that she will be able to tolerate the effects of the drugs she is taking, and that they will not cause further damage.
Shoshana is still able to swallow only very small amounts of (soft) food, and can only drink thickened liquids, in small amounts. We continue to give her the home-made formula, as well as pumped milk from Elizabeth.