Just keep swimming…

Nothing too exciting has been occurring lately.  Just more of the same.  Treatments and waiting to see if the treatment works…

Stephen has been anxiously waiting for the second round of the new drugs.  He will receive a treatment this coming Thursday, January 26, 2012.  It has been interesting observing the differences with this treatment.  He didn’t feel sick from the infusion at all.  He did get a slight rash that we treated with Benadryl.    However, it didn’t knock out his cancer symptoms like the previous chemo-therapies have.  The doctor said that this, more targeted approach, is slower but doesn’t kill a lot of other cells as it works.  Before starting the Brentuximab Vedotin, Stephen had most of his cancer symptoms back – occasional fever, abdominal pain, cough and a little itching.    His cough has definitely gone away, so that is a good sign.  He still has a lot of abdominal pain.    We keep hoping that it will stop soon, perhaps with the next treatment.    His hair has started growing back.  It is coming in really dark brown, almost black.  He is happy about getting some hair on his head.  He was getting sick of being bald.

I wanted to post a few pictures of the last month.  Thanks to all those who ate at Chick-fil-a.  It was a fun day.  I put a few pictures from dinner there in.  We really appreciate Jennie’s dance studio who donated all of their proceeds from their last dance performance to Stephen.  It was a significant contribution and a sacrifice on the part of the studio.  Thanks Extreme Rhythm Clogging and a special thanks to the directors Bethany Hulse and Amber Henrie  for arranging everything.

Stephen will have a PT scan around the 2nd week of February and we will find out if this new drug is working.   We’ll post another update then.

Thanks for all your kindness, generosity, prayers and love.  We feel it and it is a huge support to us!

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About Jane Griener

I am from SLC, UT. I grew up in a wonderful family in the south part of the Salt Lake valley. I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers. I married my best friend, Jeff Griener when we were 21 years old. We have 6 children. 4 boys and 2 girls. I've had many adventures in business and life. Too many to tell about in a simple 'about you' spot. My life is centered around my family and they are the most important factor in my life. I like gardening, photography, cooking, knitting, graphic design and lots of other things. I speak a little spanish. Fall is my favorite season of the year, but I think having all 4 seasons is what makes me love fall so much. Religion plays a big roll in my life. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Striving to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and become a better person each day is my goal. Well, that is a bit 'about me!'
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2 Responses to Just keep swimming…

  1. Erika says:

    Thanks for the update. Love the pictures

  2. bEcky mAck says:

    Thank you Jane for keeping us updated. Stephen Rocks! …..along with his mom and dad and fam:) Keep up the FiGhT!

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