Monday, April 20, 2009

Not the News We Wanted to Hear

The results from the MRI show that although the tumor has shown no signs of progression, it has also not shrunk. This is really disappointing considering how well Isabella has been acting and responding to the treatments. If anything positive can be taken out of this it's that the tumor is stable and not growing rapidly, but the fact that the tumor is not responding to the chemotherapy is not good.

So for now, the plan is to continue with the last cycle of intense chemotherapy in two or three weeks. This will then be followed by the stem cell transplant from stem cells that we collected from her beforehand. Following the stem cell recovery, we will then proceed with radiation.

In the short term, Isabella may be able to go home on Wednesday or Thursday. Her white count has started to come up, so as soon as they are at an appropriate level, we will be able to go home.

Thanks to everyone who has taken time out to keep up with Isabella's progress. It's still nice to know that we are not going through this alone and that people all over the world are with us.


  1. I have been waiting all day to hear the news..and it is not what I wanted to hear either. I am going to continue to keep your family in my prayers. I know this is just the begining of a very long journey all of you will have to endure. We all are supporting you and will continue to support you until the battle is won!!!!!!
    Sending lots of love and prayers to you and your family. @-->--

    Katie Vasquez
    and Family

  2. I know that this news is not what you and all of us had hoped for for Isabella. Know that we are all continuing to support and pray. Stay positive and take the positive from this--the tumor is not growing rapidly and has stayed the same. God is grand--do not lose your faith and know that we are all praying for Isabella and your family. God bless!

  3. I am so sorry to hear Isabella's MRI didn't have better news! And so happy that the MRI didn't show any worse news. Sometimes "stable" is absolutely fine! ~Erini

  4. Roneil and Family - remember "flat is the new up..." the positive is it is not growing. I have faith she is going to beat it and it is only a matter of time. God Bless Isabella and all of you.


  5. Henry Tiernan and family will continue our prayers for Isabella. Keep the faith and believe.

  6. Keep postive and know that prayers and love are continuing to come your way.

  7. HI! It's Andie from Bpt. Hospital L&D. I am sorry to hear that the tumor hasnt shrunken, but glad to hear that it hasn't progressed, either. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Please know you all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kathy McLean

  9. So sorry we didn't get the news we were all hoping for but thankful for the news that it has not grown. This just means we have to wait a little longer for our miracle.

    As always, just let us know if you need help with anything at all.

    Suzy B


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