Storm Clouds Ahead

Despite the rough treatments we’ve endured recently, Monday’s CT scans showed that the tumors are continuing to grow. This puts us in a rather difficult position. Remember that eye-of-the-hurricane reference I made waaaay back in June ’07? Well, I’m fearful that the other half of the storm is about to hit.

Dr. Loukas called yesterday to give us the news. Most worrisome of all, he said that his bag of tricks is empty. We’ve exhausted all of the standard, FDA-approved treatments for colon cancer. Sadly, that card deck of treatments was a lot smaller than we’d hoped. Our next step is to quickly find and enroll in what are considered “experimental treatments,” those clinical trials you hear of occasionally, in hopes that we get lucky. Unfortunately, the reason a drug is in trials and not FDA-approved is because there’s not clear evidence it works. The game has changed. We are no longer playing a card game and, instead, are rolling the dice.

Maggie is fine. Physically she feels great (other than a muscle she stretched in her neck yesterday which is driving her a little nuts.) Obviously, this ain’t all candy canes and sunflowers but we are coping. After the stinging subsides and the ringing in my ears stops we’ll regroup, make a plan and get to it. We must act quickly, though. Time’s a wastin’.

17 thoughts on “Storm Clouds Ahead

  1. I think I have checked this website a hundred times knowing you had your CT scan coming up. I hope you know how often you are in my thoughts and prayers. I truly believe if anybody is strong enough to continue this fight and battle it’s you Mags. Just heard you on the radio a little while ago, you go girl=)

  2. and remember you can always talk to my mom if you have any questions about clinical trials or the consent forms or any of that stuff since that’s what she does for a living.
    loved the radio “interview”. you’re FAMOUS!

  3. Let’s get to gettin’.. time to get lucky.. I’d give up my poker luck to you, but trust me, you don’t want it. 🙂
    Justin

  4. Please know that you have earned my full respect. My liver is also tied up in questionable Stage IV CRC treatments.

    My hope is that if we can sustain the effort long enough our immune system will learn to recognize cancer cells as an abomination to nature and start attacking them.

    Hold Fast

    Don MacLeod

  5. Maggie Weaver, I think about you all the time and miss you so much. Not that you need me or anyone else telling you this, but you get back out there! Always forward.

  6. Dear Maggie and Chris, There are no words or imagination strong enough to describe what you must be going through right now.I pray that all the prayers that are prayed for me today are prayed for you instead. May God give you peace that surpasses all understanding and the strength and courage of a raging fighting bull. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

    Much love,
    Karen

  7. As long as there’s life, there’s HOPE and POSITIVITY! I’m still sending all my most hopeful and positive thoughts to both of y’all as are so many others.

    Love, Emily

  8. Maggie,
    I feel like the button and braselet I gave you and my other clients. I won’t say it…but you know what it is. What more can I say? Just kept putting that comma there!
    Bonnie

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