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Great Results

Aaron's scans look amazing! That's how his doctor described the results. He is so happy with Aaron's response to the current treatment. We are happy and grateful as well. He had his 10th dose of Chemo on Thursday and has been pretty tired and a little nauseous since. We are hoping it will pass and he will have another good couple of weeks like he did after dose 9.

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Dose 9 of 6

Aaron is still doing chemo. He had dose 9 of 6 a week ago. We thought he would being doing a maintenance dose of just one chemo drug, but instead he is still doing the same two IV chemos, one oral chemo, and recently a third IV drug that shuts down the blood supply to tumors. Once he passed dose 6 we noticed he became significantly more fatigued and nauseous. He dropped 18 pounds in under two weeks (thankfully with all his In-N-Out meals he had extra weight to lose for such a time). This past week has been better. His dr. added a few meds to help with energy and nausea and it seems to be working. He still feels somewhat sluggish, but improved enough that he can keep down quarts of ice cream and doesn't need a four hour nap each day.

He had scans a month ago and they looked good to us. One dr. wanted to change course because he saw some progression of the cancer in the lungs, but we have learned that you don't jump to a new treatment at the first sign of progression, especially…

Better Days

I am happy to report that Aaron's awful mouth sores eventually settled down and are now minimal enough that he can eat and talk normally. He had round 4 a week ago and he has done well with it. His main side effect is the fatigue, but even that has been manageable. We are feeling deeply grateful for every day we are given. We feel blessed in endless ways.

Out Like A Lion

A week and a half ago Aaron had his third round of chemo and to that point the side effects had been pretty mild. He struggled mostly with fatigue until two days ago when his mouth and throat filled with painful sores. You can see in the photo how swollen the sores have made his mouth. He can't eat and does not sleep well. He is able to get naps in throughout the day, and I am always glad when he sleeps because it's a time when he can escape the pain. He rinses with a prescription mouthwash every hour. It has lidocaine as one of the ingredients and it helps to numb his mouth a bit. This experience has reminded me of the phrase, "In like a lamb, out like a lion." I thought this chemo was going to just be as simple as Aaron sleeping a lot more, but as we move in to the last doses, chemo is living up to its reputation and it looks like it will go out like a lion as far as the side effects go. His goal is to make it through the maximum 6 rounds. We are hopeful these sore…

Chemo is Working

Big A is 43

Aaron turned 43 yesterday. His party, if you can call it that, would be a big disappointment to the American Cancer Society who claim title to being the official sponsor of birthdays, but if you know Aaron you know that he didn't care. He doesn't require a lot of pomp and circumstance, in fact he requires none, he just enjoys being with his family and getting new socks, a tie, or a bag of candy from his youngest child. He is always content to let others shine, and a little love and a little thoughtfulness go a long way with this wonderful man.
What you see with Aaron is what you get. He is the same steady, happy, and kind person at home as he is at work and church. He bears his burdens with a quiet dignity and never faults the Lord for giving him such a heavy load. He is my very own Captain Moroni, and I have never been more grateful for the covenants that bind me to him and to God. It fills me with hope and joy to know that Aaron is forever mine. That there is no disease of …

Chemo: Round Two

Aaron had round two of chemo last Friday. I think I jinxed him with the last post because the day after I posted that things were pretty uneventful after round one of chemo, he had problems with his heart racing to the point he nearly passed out while driving. A few of the kids and I rescued him and we eventually got him home. We worried it was blood clots, however, we discovered most likely it was dehydration. Chemo has a reputation for altering the taste of food and decreasing appetite, and due to those side effects Aaron didn't realize he hadn't been taking in enough water. It was frightening, but it has been resolved. He has since been craving double cheese burgers, fries, and vanilla milkshakes from In-N-Out and we are happy to report he has also gained back the lost ten pounds from round one of chemo. Currently, he is beginning to feel the fatigue from round two.
Meanwhile, the kids are still in the hospital. Two of them caught a cold while there and their stay has been…