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Our friend Christina…a “Complete Responder”

We got amazing news from our friend Christina. Her bio-chemotherapy treatment for melanoma is working and 5 of the 6 tumors in her lungs are gone. The tumor that is left looks dead on the PET scan.  Her doc thinks she might be a “complete responder”.  This is not an easy title to get when you have melanoma but it is the one you want.

Recently, I went to visit her at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco where she is hospitalized for 5 days every 3 weeks during each round of chemo. She flys to the Bay Area for treatment every month and her husband and children stay home in Idaho.  Her wonderful parents sit by her side at the hospital (they live in the Bay Area) and keep her company.

As you can see, Christina is a beautiful young mother of two adorable little boys.  Mike and I met her this year at a melanoma conference.  Back then, she was stage 3.  She had a mole removed when she was pregnant a few years ago which then spread to her lymph nodes in 2009.  We were shocked to learn that she had progressed to Stage 4 with lung mets this summer – after a routine scan and no symptoms.  She had to make a very hard decision to do this treatment because Biochemo is one of the toughest  regimes out there…but it is paying off – and we all so thrilled!

Please visit her blog