,We celebrated the begining of 2017 with a kiss. Two lovers enoying another years worth of love and life. So precious and as we have discovered, so fragile. It's been a year of pateaus, sudden declines, hope, and tears.
One thing we've cherished during this trial of the spirit is how many friends are pulling, praying and cheerleading. We couldn't ask for better friends, several living close by and are able to stop in to keep up the healing vibrations, some farther away include us in their travels and others we see via correspondance or social media.
We love all of you and owe so much for your support that I'm sure it's more than we're ever able to repay.
As we begin this new year our first appointment happens to be one of the PET scans. I've described them before, but what they do is tell us how well the chemo has been working. Karen's been on a drug called Gemzar for about three months and now we'll learn if it was a good guess. If it's working we'll continue and if not there are still more drugs to try. Ironically or sadly, I'm not sure which, the ones with the most promise (even with genitic testing of this particular cancer) eventially stop working or sometimes don't work at all. It's all percentages; rolling the dice combined with science I suppose.
Overall, Karen is in good spirits. The week between Christmas and New Year was an off week from treatments. So Karen got to rest just in time to devote energy to family and friends and the holidays.
Both Christmas and New Years were wonderful and filled with friends and family. The greatest gifts of all.
Photo - Selfie - The New Year's Midnight Kiss
William and Karen - Karen and I have been married for 41 years. Karen's breast cancer has reached stage 4. This is what happens next.