Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Test Results

Today for the first time since we started we got some good news! The results from yesterday's tests have returned and the cancer had NOT spread to any other part of Vanessa's body at this time!!! The cancer remains at her wrist site and treatment will go as planned, but her chances for success and ultimately long term survival have dramatically increased with these results! We met today with an oncologist in Santa Monica who seemed knowledgeable and is supposed to be one of the best, but her primary care doctor wants a second opinion from a physician at City of Hope, a primarily cancer hospital. This doctor is the other physician this side of the Mississippi that treats this type of sarcoma. We are definitely blessed to have two of very few doctors who treat this cancer right here in our back yard. We had a mini celebration today at Buca Di Beppos after we got the results. We plan to celebrate every milestone she passes as they come along. Buca's is Vanessa's favorite restaurant and I can only imagine how many times we will be there in the months to come as she continues to defeat the cancer inside of her!

Ness and her cousin Whitney

The medicine port implant is still scheduled to be placed friday at USC Medical center. It is a simple procedure, but she will require general anesthesia because it is a surgically implanted device. When I asked Vanessa if she was scared for friday she said, "Naw... No big deal... I have had worse." She has definitely surprised me with her toughness in the face of adversity. She is really handling all of this very well and I am extremely impressed and proud of her!

Ness and her Grandma

Thank you all for caring so much about Vanessa!



  1. I have tears of Joy streaming down my cheeks as I read this entry. God is Good and I am so happy to hear the news that the cancer has not spread. How wonderfuL!
    I mentioned this to your Dad, Vanessa - when my Dad was going through treatment for prostate cancer, we made up and posted little signs all over our homes. They read "Until Further Notice - Celebrate Everything!" It makes me smile knowing that you all are doing that already.
    May God bless you and keep you safe. You are in my daily thoughts and prayers. I continue to be amazed and inspired by your grace and spirit.
    Hugs from Michigan,

  2. Vanessa,
    That is wonderfully, amazing, good news. And you are absolutely right, God has an incredible plan for your life... much bigger than you could have ever imagined. He is using your testimony even now in such a powerful way... you are bringing glory to God through your words of life and hope.
    Keep up the faith!
    Cousin Rosie & Family