Well...where to begin. Rachel asked me if I would post for her today and I thought it would be good to ghost write pretending to be Rachel. I tried that once earlier without her permission, but she thought I failed in my attempts to show her (Rachel's) personality. You can go back throught the blogs now and try to find which one I wrote!
Rachel was scheduled to go back into the hospital today for her third round of chemo. We received a call from her doctor today asking us to come in and talk. Rachel's bone marrow result from last week came in at still 12% blasts (or cancer cells). This was the same amount we saw after the first round. She has a mutation in her marrow cells called flt3. This makes it more difficult to cure with the traditional treatment methods, so the doctor suggested we try a new somewhat experimental medication which she will be able to take orally at home...so therefore the glass half full. She will be home for another week or two taking this medication and then be readmitted to the hospital to get followup chemo to this new medication she will be on. We pray that it will be successful and lower her blast count below 5% which is what is required to go to bone marrow transplant.
It was kind of a blow to all of us, but we are trying to remain positive and keep Rachel's spirits up. The good side of it is she will be home much closer to friends and family and always open for visits and calls of support.
Posted by Frost. Not Rachel