It will be rough as... but we are ready. The different courses of treatment are coordinated to kill the Cancer at all stages of growth. Example: the steroid in INDUCTION and DELAYED INTENSIFICATION; DEXAMETHASONE kills the young, quick multiplying cells. (Hair cells are quick-multiplying... that's why it falls out.) METHOTREXATE, that she has received this course, via IV, kills the older, more mature cells. There are no cells growing in her marrow, or traceable in her peripheral blood or spinal fluid... but they continue the treatments to make sure they are not missing 1 or 2 cells hiding out somewhere and maintain the 90% cure rate... meaning we complete the 2.5 year treatment, she receives a clean bill of health, and it never shows up again.
Rogan made her very first piece of art at clinic on Tuesday. A collage of glue and feathers. She was focused.
Then she got wild and pulled them all out at once and made a mess.
Thank you to Primary Children's Hospital and the wonders of modern medicine. It is wild to look back to August... Rogan had so much cancer in her bones that it had crowded out the marrow to the point that it was prohibiting blood cell production and causing enough pain that she couldn't even walk.
... a few months later and she can dance! One of Rogan's first loves: dancing to snowboard movies.
Yes, those are pants over her footed jammies... [I dressed her that morning.]
... and yes, I will be trying out as a puppeteer on Sesame Street next year. Whatch your back Kevin Clash!