Friday, January 23, 2009

Good News!

We were going to wait until Monday to share this info because we had only half of the test results but we know a lot of good people have been curious as to what today’s results showed so here goes…

Today we received the WONDERFUL news from the MRI that Bree’s tumor has shrunk significantly! The chemo is definitely doing its job! The doctor told us it was better than he expected. The tumor is still there but it has shrunk down enough to entertain the idea of doing surgery to remove the tumor. Because of where it is in her body, it might be too difficult to remove (it’s located in between vital organs) but at least we get to have the conversation☺. We will meet with the surgeons next week to determine if surgery is something that we can do. If it can’t be surgically removed then they will do 4 more rounds of chemo. We are still waiting on the bone marrow results as well. These should come back Monday. Fortunately it does look like the areas where it metastasized originally are no longer there…her liver, spleen, bones, right kidney and right adrenal glad. These areas look like they are clean of the tumor…Yea! It still shows up over the left adrenal gland (this is where the tumor started to grow originally). We are waiting to get all the test results so we can meet with her oncologists and determine what the best plan of action will be. But we thought we would share with you some great news.

The bottom line… we are so happy and thrilled to know that her body has responded to the chemotherapy treatments and that she exceeded the doctors’ expectations at this point in her treatment…that’s our Breezy☺. We should know Monday what our next steps would be. In the meantime, we are so thankful to our family, friends, neighbors and strangers from all over that have prayed for Bree. It is truly humbling to feel of the love of so many people. Above all we are grateful to the Lord for blessing Bree and being with our family every step of the way. Today we truly felt blessed!



52 comments:

Amy Lemmermann said...

i am SOOOO happy to hear that. Thanks for posting the update. I have been thinking about you guys.

EmileeandJonny said...

We were so anxious waiting for an update on your blog that we ended up asking Justin! We are so excited for your family that you heard back good news! We hope and pray everything continues to go well with her treatment!

Dawny P said...

oh Kari, that is GOOD news. It is a positive step and I am so happy for you. Huggiest of hugs to you all sweet girl xxxxxxx

Supermom said...

This is AWESOME!!! I am so happy to hear this!!!!

We too hope and pray everything continues to go well with her treatment!

Anonymous said...

I've been checking and checking to hear the news....and it's so wonderful that it is GOOD news. I will continue to pray for her and your family. I pray you continue to get good news.

Trish said...

YAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! Kari I wish I could hug you personally!!! I am so excited about your news!! I love you.....even though in my mind you will ALWAYS be a YOUNG Woman. :o) We miss your family (well your Mom and Dad's family) being our neighbors!!! :o)

Rachel said...

Good news indeed! We'll cross our fingers that surgery is an option to get rid of the rest of the nasty little bugger.

The Patterson's said...

Thats great news!! Our family has had you in our thoughts and prayers and will continue doing so. Thanks for letting the followers know the news sooner.
Hugs to Bree and your entire beautiful family!!

DIY REDS! said...

i honestly cry every time i read your blog and i am so glad that i am crying for a good reason this time. you guys are so wonderful. your daughter is still in our daily prayers. we really appreciated your friendship while we were in the valley. we wish you the best.
amy

Andrea said...

that is great news!! i will continue to pray for lil breezy and family. happy tears this time :)

Jessica said...

I'm one of those strangers...but I have really enjoyed reading your story. You've provided so much encouragement and I simply can not tell you how elated I am about that news! That's truly wonderful! I will continue to keep sweet little Bree in my prayers! What a strong little girl you have!

agravette said...

This is so exciting! I keep checking your blog just to see if you have any more news about your precious baby and family. We will continue to pray for all of you! God bless you!

the bates motel said...

i'm so glad you guys got some great news! you have been so awesome during this whole ordeal. and little bree is such a trooper! we love you guys!

Frankie and Krista said...

so happy to hear the good news! you guys deserve some. we continue to pray for her.

The Carpentiers said...

That is the most wonderful news. I saw on your blog about your fast and spent the entire day Thursday thinking about you and praying for the best. Congratulations!

LanaBanana said...

AHHHHH....that calls for Nielsen's or Cafe Rio or something!!!! YEAH!!!! She's still in our prayers, but we're really relieved that some good news has come your way!

bethloomis said...

I'm so happy for your family! What a blessing. I wish Bree continued success. I know she will beat this. I will continue to pray for Bree.

Annie and Clayton Evans said...

Wow!!!What great news, Thank you so much for keeping us in the loop...I was checking like every five minutes for news...I am so excited!!!

Gina and David said...

Hi Kari. I'm a stranger. Well, to you. I'm friends with Krista. I'm THRILLED to hear the good news. We will continue to pray for your family and baby Bree. I bet you fell asleep with a smile on your face. Go celebrate...you deserve it.

Jaimee said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah! Oh, Kari, I am so happy for you guys! You have really been through it and deserve this wonderful news! Prayers are answered! So glad for your family! We will continue to keep you in our prayers.

Castle Family said...

Oh, Kari! I am crying tears of joy for your family!! I am soooo happy that you got this great news. Thank you for sharing so quickly, I was so anxious. I know there is still more road to travel before you reach that light at the end of the tunnel, so we will continue to pray for Bree, that she will have a FULL recovery :)

The Palmer's said...

I stumbled onto your blog when I was digi scrapping and saw the gift basket pictures a friend did for you. You are truly an inspiration to me and I so admire you. I watch for updates daily and pray always for your sweet little family. Thanks for sharing your story! Lisa from Idaho

Mark, Shannon, and Trey said...

I am also one of the strangers that came across your blog awhile ago and I just wanted you to know that I have been praying for your whole family and am so happy to hear the good news!!! I will continue to keep your little girl in my prayers!

freckledesigns said...

That is fabulous! We are happy for the good results. We hope things will continue to improve...Loves, Chad and GIna

Megan said...

Oh praise God! I got chills reading this post. I won't stop praying for her, though:)

Grandma and Grandpa cook said...

Thanks for posting so quickly. We are so thrilled, happy, grateful,and indebted to the Lord for this great blessing. Can't wait for Tuesday to hear what the the final diagnosis is. We love you all!

Nuestra Familia said...

So great to hear!!! I was thinking of you guys, Breezy so beautiful, I keep scrolling down to see her angel face. We love you, thanks for posting. You are awesome.

Alisa Larson said...

Hooray, Hooray!! Can I do the happy dance now!? I was so anxious all day to hear the news. I'm so glad its working!!!!

{jennifer} said...

This is awesome news!!! I am so happy for you guys!

Suzanne and Davey Maughan said...

I am SO happy to hear about Bree! Our office (ok, well, me at home and I go share it with all my Gilbert Ped's friends=) has been hoping things would look up this week. There are most days, when my prayers are selfish and focused around me and my family but I prayed so hard for Bree this week, hoping things would get better. I am so glad she is a fighter! Thank you for always sharing and updating with her adorable pictures.

Shel said...

What great news! I'll continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!

Jason and Shay Johnson said...

That is such great news!! We hope and pray that Monday goes just as well. As Rylie would say..our hearts feel super happy for you!!

Tina said...

This is great news!!!! We are so happy for all of your. Especially tender blessings all around! Hugs to you all! xox - T. McKinnon

Steph said...

Oh, I am so so happy for you! That is wonderful news! Thanks for not making us wait to hear it! I hope the rest is just a good!

Rach said...

What wonderful news to hear!! Can't wait to hear about the rest and I will continue to pray for little Miss Bree!

Jacie Wright said...

What a blessing! We serve an awesome God don't we?! I will continue to pray for you beautiful baby girl.

Ashleigh and Zebb said...

thats the best news yet!!!

Trisha said...

OHHHHHH I am SOOOO happy for you, Bree, and your family!! What an answer to prayers. I am another stranger that has been following your blog and you all have been in my prayers. I am so thankful for this news, what a wonderful day!!

ZippityDoDaw said...

I am so thrilled for improvement and troubling areas that have vanished! We will continue to pray for the best and fastest resolution to this trial. May you continue to feel sustained and loved in the Master's Hand.

Candice said...

So glad to hear that! We will keep praying that everything continues to go well for her. What a challenge for you all to go through! Bree is in our prayers!

Clay's gal said...

Our prayers have been answered once again! I was just about to call Kristin for my update and thought I would check here first! That is excellent news! Keep positve and we will keep up on our prayers! We love you guys and sweet lil Bree!

Aimee's Family Journal said...

I just took such a big deep breath! I am sure you have taken a few of those. Way to go mom and dad! We can't wait to hear more! Congrats little Bree. You have really earned some great news!

Brooke said...

Yahoo!! Thanks for letting us all know. That is fabulous news. i am sure you were able to let out a HUGE sigh of relief when you found out. way to go Breezy!

The Scotts said...

YEA!! A ray of hope! That is so awesome! We continue to pray for her. Love you guys!

Stewart Randall said...

Bree... you have brought warmth to my heart and a spring in my step today. Still thinking about you every day. Keeping fighting girl! x

dustin and amy said...

That is great news, we will keep praying for continued good news!!

The Driggs said...

I have been needing a GOOD cry! I am so happy Kari!!!!! That is just amazing. Wow. I seriously am giddy. I am anxious to hear what you find out today. Keep up the great work Breezy! You are a trooper! Love ya Kare.

Jamie said...

i am a stranger to you...my name is jamie and i live in texas. i somehow stumbled upon your blog while blog hopping one day. i think i read almost your whole blog one afternoon and was bawling like a baby. your sweet daughter and family have been in my thoughts and prayers. i am so happy you guys got some good news! and hope it continues to come. bless your sweet heart, you are an amazing, strong woman. i admire your faith. thank you for sharing your story. god bless you all.

engineerlady said...

Ever since I saw your story on Summer Driggs' blog, I've been praying for you. My little girl is only about a year older than Breezy and, well, I cry just about every time I think about all of you. Today, I cry because I'm so happy for you! This is awesome!

steph said...

Oh Happy Day! I couldn't be more ecstatic for you guys! What a fighter Bree is! I hope I get to meet her one day!

Megan and Eric Barnhurst said...

You don't know us, but we know Ryan and Krista from dental school and we just wanted to tell you that we are praying for your family. My husband was diagnosed with LP Hodgkin's Lymphoma on halloween and so he and Bree started chemo around the same time. Our heart breaks for little Bree having to endure such awful tests and medications, but we are so happy that the treatments are working. May God continue to bless her with strength to fight!

Wendi and Eric said...

Wonderful news, Kari. Love you all.