Folks have been requesting an update. So here’s the only update that keeps coming to my mind…
I know. Not quite the update people were looking for…
Travis has been on the trial for 12 days now and it is beginning to take its toll. The side effects are many and they suck.
Food has lost its taste. Nothing tastes good. It doesn’t sound like a big deal but imagine, for a moment, not being able to enjoy a single bite of food. Steak. Cake. Ice Cream. A peanut butter sandwich. Nothing.
In the beginning this didn’t matter because everything he ate went right through him…without stopping. But, thankfully, he got that under control with the help of his new best friend…Imodium AD. And so his appetite is back but is taste buds are not.
The rash has appeared. At first it simply attacked a small part of his face. Then it grew. Spread. And now it covers a large part of his upper body. And…as promised…it is painful. Painful to the point that it draws blood. I wish I could say I was exaggerating. But I’m not. Today he has scabs on his face where his skin cracked open and bled yesterday. Travis compares it to a sunburn. Apparently a bad one. And it comes complete with chills.
Fatigue is worse this time, not just because the medicine is causing it, but because he is awake half the night fighting the chills.
Cancer. Chemo. Directed Therapy. It all just….
But there is a silver lining.
Last Thursday, the doctor called Travis and asked if he had a rash yet and Travis said “nope.” Normally we would take this as good news but, as it turns out, the rash is usually a sign that the medicine is working.
And…just a few hours later…the rash appeared.
Then. Another call.
The first two trial participants had their first tests done. One showed a 2% reduction of their cancer and the other a 14% reduction.
Less than two percent of cancer patients make it into a trial. And, of those, how many see positive results from their trial?
And so. Once again. We ask you to pray. They have put Travis on an antibiotic that is supposed to help his rash. Pray that it does. Pray that the not-so-scientific assumption that “the appearance of a rash means the therapy is working”…becomes scientific and means that the therapy is working.
But most of all. Just pray for Travis and Carrie walking through this. For peace. For courage. For strength. For perseverance. For hope. For fight.
They need it. They need all we can give them.