It’s been exactly 38 weeks since we arrived in Houston. And had I been pregnant then, I would’ve been carrying full-term and giving birth about now. But unlike pregnancy, our labor pains started from day one (and well before that, since first diagnosis in July 2014).
I know labor well. I’ve been through it three times (albeit more than 10 years ago)…and without epidural! But luckily (or maybe unluckily) for me, the lack of anesthetic wasn’t from some masochistic tendencies on my part but more from labor already having progressed past the “epidural window.”
And like any long labor without epidural, this has been periodic hell when the pains peak with some respite when the contractions ease.
Three weeks ago, Hodgegirl went for a PET CT scan and for the first time in two years (since diagnosis), it showed her in complete remission. So, like any laboring woman relieved to have her baby finally delivered, it has been immense relief to our family and friends to have this baby “delivered.”
Just like any new parent, I’m looking forward to the day when I can finally bring my baby home and have our family reunited. In the meantime, the journey is far from over.
Because of the rarity of Ri’s case, there is no standard protocol but her doctors are of the opinion that continuing her chemotherapy for a few more cycles would decrease the probability of the cancer coming back. However, there isn’t enough data to support if this is indeed the best course of action. But then again, even a Bone Marrow Transplant which was the original recommendation for her does not have guarantees.
So, we continue to hope and pray for our Hodgegirl. And we remain grateful because despite the odds and pains, the mounting bills, the everyday challenges, God has provided for it all and continues to sustain us.