Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Week Chemo and Scans

Ryan is back home after finishing a two day round of chemo. This was the first time Ryan has done this specific chemo treatment, and it has been tough on him. Ryan is fighting bouts of nausea and just not feeling well. Ryan plans on taking it easy over the next 24 hours. As long as he feels well enough he is looking forward to spending the evening with family and friends Christmas eve at his grandparents.

The results of the scans were not quite what we had planned. Ryan has completed the intensive compression chemo rounds and 30 treatments of radiation therapy. The scans in late July had shown significant progress compared to the scans in early June. This set of scans show that the tumor in the pelvic region has slightly decreased and no new tumor growth. Other than that, there was not much improvement over the scans in July. We are thankful for what we have, but we were hoping for significant improvement. Please keep praying that the chemo continues to work in his body. Ryan will receive another CT scan in mid January to follow up from this round of scans.

Ryan will have a break for the holidays and will be back in the hospital in early January. Please enjoy the holidays with your families and friends. It can be taken from you in an instant.

Please pray for Trey Martens. He and his family needs strength during this holiday season.

Have a safe and Happy Holidays!!

Brad

2 comments:

Mamalindaw48 said...

Hi Ryan,
You don't know me but I know alot about you from your grandparents. Boy they sure do love you and are so proud of you. I met them a few weeks ago at Childrens when you were receiving chemo and I was visiting Trey for the 1st time. We spend some time together and exchanged email addresses. Since then, your grandmother and I have emailed and telephoned each other with the intentions of getting together sometime after the holidays for dinner.
I just wanted to stop by and let you know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers since I found out about your situation. I hope you start feeling much better real soon so you can enjoy Christmas Eve with family and friends. Maybe one day when you are at Childrens again we can get to meet you. I have 4 grandchildren and 2 of my grandsons are around your age.
I want you to know that my husband and I will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers! Stay stong and with God's help you can beat this and get that job with the hockey team some day soon!
Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy Healthy New Year!
Linda and Al Wells

Tony said...

Hey Ryan...Mr. Odenweller here. Doing my usually check up on your blog. I am sure you were hoping for more from your scans, but any improvement is just that, improvement...which is always a good thing. I am a firm believer in positive thoughts....so keep that positive fighting attitude that has gotten you this far!! Just know I and others are thinking and praying for you daily!!
Have a GREAT Xmas and enjoy your family as I am mine!