Amy finished her first round of radiation treatments!
May 7th she had her final radiation treatment to her head/brain and a little over a week later, the treatment to her sacrum was complete.
Side effects from the radiation have included: Hair loss, skin irritation and itching, fatigue, and changes in the way food tastes.
Loosing her hair was a little difficult for her, but she has some amazing friends who helped her. Her friend Andrea, helped her learn how to wear scarves, bandannas, hats and even a wig with spunk and style! And Amy looks beautiful.
During the course of her first radiation treatments, a bone scan was ordered...and more bad news was delivered. The metastatic bone cancer is quite widespread; sacrum and rib (we already knew about those), hips/pelvis area, the tops of both femurs, the left femur, spine, shoulder blade, neck and forehead. Given the extent of the spread (both bone and brain) it is truly a miracle that she is doing as well as she is!
She is a trooper, that's for sure...
Amy is experiencing quite a lot of pain at this point, particularly in her hips. It is very difficult and painful for her to move.
She is taking a break from the radiation for a couple of weeks, so she can rest and take a little vacation break with Gary and the kids. Treatments will resume soon.
Amy and Gary's oldest son, Scott was recently married, and Amy was able to attend the wedding and reception. She enjoyed a dance with Scott and a heart touching dance with her sweetheart, Gary.
We continue to be amazed by the outpouring of love and support. We appreciate the kindness, love and generosity that has been shown to Amy and Gary and their family.
Amy is amazing, and continues to reach out in love and service to those around her. She has touched many, many lives.
Tears, sorrow and pain are ever present for her, but so too are faith, hope and courage, with some smiles and laughs thrown in for good measure.