Oh, Fay, I am so sorry. Please express my sympathy to your friend for the great loss of her dear mother.
--8/2003: 55 yr old husb of 37 yrs dx 8/03 w/7cm tumor, left lung, w/8 brain mets, Stage IV NSCLC. Nonsmoker for 30 yrs
--8/03 WBR (whole brain radiation) - 14 treatments
--9/03 Lung rad - 24 treatments
--9/03 Taxotere/Carbo, wkly
--Severe reaction to Taxotere 3rd wk
--11/03 Novalis (stereotactic rad to rem 6 brain tumors)
--3/04 Lung: some shrinkage, Brain: 4 mets remain, largest 1.5 cm
--4/04 Severe shoulder pain-14 radiation treatments
--6/04 Progression of disease, 4 brain mets stable, more spread to bones, liver (small) and pericardium. Iressa & Zometa started.
--7/04 Slight inc pericardial effusion, slight shrinkage liver met, pleural effusion.
--9/04 PET and CT Scans all stable
--12/13/04 radiation fibrosis & extensive bony lesions. Brain MRI-4 mets remain - stable.
--3/05 Small growth in 2 brain tumors, pericardial effusion now "large". Significant progression to bones. Switching to Tarceva.
--5/27/05 Tarceva not working. Two new 2 cm. liver mets, extensive progression in bones. Pericardial effusion stable.
--6/1/05 Increased pain in hip
--6/10/05 Start Alimta, once every 3 weeks
--6/9/05 Start radiation to left hip 14 treatments; it worked!
--6/16/05 Brain mets nearly doubled in size, significant edema/swelling
--6/21/05 began 8 mg. Decadron daily for brain edema/swelling
--7/11/05 Novalis (SRS) to 5 brain mets (largest 4.0 cm.)
--7/22/05 3rd Alimta infusion â€“ started SOB after 2nd infusion
--8/1/05 hospitalized for tests for severe SOB and focal seizures
--8/3/05 CT says severe alveolitis (destruction of lung cells) -VATS procedure done to biopsy to figure out what is causing. Both lungs are cancer free, but they say only three things could be causing the alveolitis: infection, cancer or chemo
--8/4/05 Doesnâ€™t look good. Alveola cells are rapidly dying
--8/5/05 Biopsy says chemo. (8/8/05 â€“ 2nd opinion biopsy result confirm chemo caused the alveolitis)
8/5/2005 The love of my life is living with the Lord and soaring on his motorcyle with the cool winds of heaven in his face
And we know that ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
The Message translation: That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 8:28
He said ALL things, not SOME things.