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Quick Update - Good news, Bad news

Friday, May 25, 2018

Dear Friends,

2017 was a very rough year for our family and 2018 is a roller coaster ride so far.

In May of 2017, my brother was diagnosed with a very aggressive leukemia (MDS RAEB2/AML) and was not given a good prognosis. A year later, after aggressive chemo, a bone marrow transplant from our other brother, moving his life and world from Atlanta to Chicago to live with our other brother and his wife, my brother Steve is now getting stronger and actually looking to his future. He was the fourth of my seven siblings to be diagnosed with cancer and Steve has now learned the art of cheating death.

Two weeks ago, my youngest daughter announced that she is expecting twins this coming December, after experiencing a miscarriage last July (after I had just returned from five weeks in Atlanta caring for my brother), and having gone through several years of medical hurdles. This is fabulous news especially because we now know that neither of these babies carries the gene for the Huntington's disease that their father will eventually succumb to.

Yesterday we received a poor cancer prognosis for my father. He has metastasized non-small cell lung cancer (adenocarcinoma subtype). It is now in his rib and hip bones and he is not a good candidate for chemo. We are hoping the genetic tests come back to show that he IS a good candidate for Keytruda immunotherapy and/or targeted agents. We just hope and pray that he will make it until at least December so that he can meet his very first great grandchildren. This will be a challenge and will take some small miracles along the way since he also has a failing heart, lungs, kidneys, and thyroid. He's 87 years old and if he makes it to next May 2nd, he will have lived longer than his mother who also outlived all her relatives of the time. My dad is currently the oldest surviving member of his clan.

Thanks for reading, friends. If you have prayers, good thoughts, miracles, good karma, good vibrations, or any other positive juju, and can send some our way, it would be much appreciated. :-)

Taking this life one day at a time!

-Mary
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