Hello Everyone, Today’s blog is actually written by Mallory, Sandi’s daughter. Before I jump into the update, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for fighting alongside my mom these past few months. Your words of encouragement, phone calls and delicious meals have made this process so much easier. My mom always speaks of her “tribe of women” who have banded together to watch over her and hold her hand through the good times and the bad. As a daughter who works 2 hours away, it’s nice to know that my mom is in the very best of hands.
This week we met with Dr. Edmund Waller at Emory to discuss the new tumors in moms abdomen. He said the next step is a biopsy to ensure these are still Lymphoma. Once that is confirmed, we will move forward with a more aggressive form of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. There will be three rounds of chemo every two weeks. Mom will spend one week in the hospital after each chemo round. So essentially we will be in the hospital one week, out the next. After the second round of chemo, mom will have stem cells extracted in order to reintroduce them after chemo when her immune system is at an all time low. The stem cell transplant will be an extra three weeks in the hospital, and an estimated three months of daily check ups.
So, unfortunately this process is not over. Now, it’s just a waiting game of scheduling a biopsy and moving forward with treatment. As you can imagine, this news hit my family pretty hard. But Mom, being the strongest woman I’ve ever known, is determined to fight- and win.
Thank you all so much for the love you’ve given my family over the past few months. We are so grateful and humbled by all that you’ve done.