After lots of waiting, we finally got the full pathology report back after 5:00 this afternoon. The cancer had spread out of the two tumors to her lymph nodes. This was quite discouraging news as it means Chloe's cancer is stage 3 and will require radiation in addition to chemotherapy. We'll be meeting with the oncologist for over an hour tomorrow afternoon to discuss treatment options and try to grasp what this means.
Please pray that we find the ears to hear and the ability to understand what they are telling us. There is so much terminology that we've never had to use and the few short conversations we had with the oncologist this afternoon were truly mind-boggling.
Please also pray for Christa. She had a really rough afternoon waiting for the report and the disappointing news was too much to take. She's at home tonight with Martha and Henri, hopefully getting a good night's sleep. I'm at the hospital sitting next to a sleeping Chloe.
While Christa's afternoon was miserable, Chloe has been having a great afternoon and evening. They unhooked her from her IV and let us go downstairs to the library, to play in the garden, and a quick browse in the gift shop. When we got back upstairs, they decided that she didn't have to be hooked up again tonight. I haven't been able to keep up with her. There were therapy dogs visiting the floor so she was out in the hallway petting them and then found there were kids playing in the playroom which happens to be next door to her room. We were in and out of her room and all over, quite a treat after being hooked up to the IV "tree" for the past few days.
As I look down at Chloe nestled up next to me, with her characteristic head of curly golden locks, it's hard to fathom what lies ahead. In so many ways, just the process of arriving here and the surgery has seemed like the journey of a lifetime. Yet the journey has just barely begun. The road ahead will be long and difficult, but we know we're not alone. We are surrounded by such a huge group of family and friends that will be right along side us. This blog had 982 page views yesterday alone -- that's a lot of folks checking in and praying along side us. Thanks for walking this road with us.