A blog about us…and journey with Melanoma

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

http://strongenough-christina.blogspot.com/

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4 responses

  1. Randi

    So great to see her responding to this brutal treatment. It gives all of us hope in case we make that decision. Thank you for posting her story. I have seen her blog and this is great news!
    randi

    October 6, 2010 at 12:35 am

  2. Shirley Z

    Hi Emily,
    I’m so thrilled to hear the news about Christina. She is amazing! What a beautiful family she has. Her boys are adorable.
    Hope Mike is doing well. He is also blessed with having a beautiful family. Love your pics!

    Shirley Z

    October 6, 2010 at 3:33 am

  3. Andy Wileman

    Thank you for your comment on my blog. It is always nice to meet others who can relate! We leave tomorrow to head back to MD Anderson for round two!!

    October 27, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    • Wishing you all the best Andy! I hope you will follow Christina’s blog since she is doing the same type of biochemo. She is a trooper, as I know you are! Melanoma doesn’t stand a chance. I know of several people here in the Bay Area who have done well on biochemo and are 5 years out. You are doing the right thing!!
      All my best to you!
      Emily

      October 27, 2010 at 9:44 pm

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