It was a moment to celebrate and revel in everything this little girl has done.
Cali turned 12 on Tuesday (St. Patrick's Day).
so imagine our disappointment when during her 3 month check up on Monday, the oncologist pulled us in to a room. We go to this doctor a lot and we never leave the waiting room. She takes Cali and brings her back..giving us the good news right there. Her Xrays were again clear but Cali's bloodwork came back to show markedly reduced Red blood cells and PVC. This meant she was anemic for some reason. Since she has bloodwork done every 3 month..we have a lot to compare it to and she had been not eating well for over a month with periods of lethargy. She'd even double checked it to make sure. Cali was losing blood somewhere..but where and why? We scheduled an ultrasound for the very next day (her birthday). It revealed an enlarged spleen and some blood in the abdomen..which became apparent physically. We sent off a needle aspirate and waited 24 hours. The call came..the cells were cancerous. The cells were indicative of either Lymphoma or Histiolytic sarcoma. We sent off another test to determine which...every finger, toe and paw is crossed that it is Lymphoma. HS is highly aggressive, metastatic and hard to treat. Lymphoma..though not a wonderful diagnosis has a chemotherapy protocol that is well tolerated and going in to remission for a year is not unusual. Regardless..it was like getting punched in the gut..we were/are devastated.
On friday, we started the lymphoma protocol as the oncologist is fairly confident that is the diagnosis we will get..so cali is back on chemotherapy (four different kinds plus prednisone).
Do we restart the 'cancer free clock' ? Or does she get two? 14 months/ 3 days in to treatment?
it is unfair.
Luckily, her appetite has come back (with the help of baby food, rotisserie chicken and satin balls) and she seems to feel good (albeit with a slightly swollen belly which has come down after the first chemo dose). She plays like normal and has a great attitude.
She is a fighter and we will continue to fight as long as she seems to 'want' to fight...so now we begin a new journey.