Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Chemo Round 5 & NBC News

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and for watching Kansas City NBC News yesterday evening. Cynthia Newsome and her crew did a wonderful job compiling the news segment dedicated to colon cancer. Ella is famous! I'd like to reply to each of you who left a comment, so please leave an email address.

Below is the 5PM segment that Doug embedded on this page. Sorry for the audio synchronization. Doug's co-worker computer nerd Shane is working on that :). Hopefully he won't get into trouble for copyright infringement...

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I had my fifth round of chemo treatment yesterday as well as bloodwork. My "protime" (blood thinning) was checked. I met with Dr. McKittrick too. Doug went with me yesterday. He is so wonderful. Cynthia said it just right... I married the love of my life! He has truly been so great through all of this and he is in it as much as I am, so please continue to pray for him as well! Thank you.

Dr. McKittrick had pretty good news... the cancer has not spread to any other organs or areas. The liver spots, at this time, did not look indicative of cancer. Cancer still exists in the omentum (abdominal lining) but we aren't sure if it has improved or stayed the same since we don't have anything to compare it to. I am no longer on bedrest/low activity but will have to continue taking Coumadin for probably 6 months to a year to prevent additional blood clots. I may have to be on chemo for longer than 6 months if I can tolerate it. I'm lucky to have had very minimal side effects (so far). Today I have some tingly fingers but no nausea. I'm a little tired (I don't think more so than any of you though.) I'm still experiencing back pain, but it has been a little better the last few days. I'm going to try a NSAID that is compatible with Coumadin to see if the pain may just be muscular in nature. I think that is all we discussed. It was a great meeting though, Doug and I felt reassured and happy with the results. Oh, they are going to continue to monitor my CEA level (tumor marker) since it has gone up slightly to make sure it doesn't continue to rise.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We sure did. We were at my 94 year old grandma's house. She is truly the greatest. I hope to be like her someday! She is amazing. We spent Saturday at my aunt's farm house. All of us went outside to do a egg toss, jump rope with a laso rope, and play tug-of-war. I stayed out of tug-of-war for fear of injury and risk of bleeding. It was great fun to be with my family. I am so blessed to have a wonderful family on both sides. I truly have terrific friends and support system. You are getting me through this!

Ella is doing well. I think she might have a cold or ear infection. Last night she awoke a few times crying and pointing to her ears. She slept in, ahhh, and now seems as spunky as ever.

Andrea, my sister, arrives in town today. She and Greg and their kids are moving back to Kansas City, as many of you know. They just sold their house in Houston. Yaaa! They are going to be spending the next few days looking for houses here. Andrea will be going on a couple of job interviews, and Greg will have an orientation meeting for his Physical Therapy program he will be starting in June. We are so excited to have them back in KC! Andrea has been amazing through this time, she has kept family and friends informed with her well worded emails and has such great faith that I am working on achieving myself. Thank you Dre for all you have done for me! Love you lots.

This is getting lengthy. Sorry. But thank you for following my story, I think this "diary" helps me. The responses you leave me lift me up! I am amazed how many people I've known in the past and even those I do not know who have reached out! I can't thank you all enough and again I wish I could respond to you to tell you how appreciative I am.

Some more light blog entries to come... Love, Shawndra.


Anonymous said...

I am thankful that you got good news! I was proud to know the celebrity on TV! You looked marvelous! I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.


Anonymous said...

Yay!! I am thankful as well for the good news from the doctor's visit!! :)
Kristi E.

Anonymous said...

We saw (and DVR'd) all four of the newcasts. You looked fantastic, and spoke very eloquently. We were so excited to hear the good news about the cancer not spreading!!! Keep up the positive attitude. Once the weather warms back up again you guys can come over and we'll BBQ and you catch up with everyone in the old 'hood.

Prayers and Best Wishes,
LeeAnn & Chad

Anonymous said...


You truly are beautiful on the inside and outside. We enjoyed watching you on the news. Ella is so adorable. You and your family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Lisa Mudge

Anonymous said...

You look amazing Shawndra! Ella is a doll, a little Shawndra! I continue to keep you in my prayers as well as Doug and the rest of your family. It looks as though you live in a fun/young neighborhood with great friends who are there to lean on. Truly Wonderful!

Cheryl Norwood

Laura said...

Your spirit and positivity are just amazing, what an inspiration you are. Congrats on the good news from the docs, keeping fingers crossed for you. I wasn't able to watch the video, it wouldn't play, but will try again later.


Anonymous said...

ShawnD, you looked great!! I'm so glad I was able to watch you, and had all my KC connections watching as well. It makes me feel better to see you looking so good. And Ella is beautiful! What a natural star.
And most importantly I'm so glad you had a good doctor's visit. If anyone deserves good news it is you!! Keep fighting and we'll keep praying. Hopefully next time I'm in KC we can get together.

Eliz B

Anonymous said...

I was so glad to read that your appt went well! I watched your clip from NBC news. As a physician, I think that is great that someone like yourself is willing to share your story to bring awareness and to help others. By the way, your daughter is beautiful and seems to enjoy the camera! You and your family will continue to remain in my thoughts and prayers!

Jennifer Teegarden MD

Molly R said...

I am so happy for the good news! And that your chemo went well. The clip on the news was great! Ella is beautiful and so happy! I can see how she would be so uplifting when not feeling well. You are an amazing woman and you have such a loving and beautiful family. You are ALL in my prayers.


Anonymous said...

I left you a note on here last night, but checked your blog again today-I was glad to read some of your new and updated information. It sounds like things are going well right now-you were in my thoughts all day. If you have a chance, catch me up on your life since skating, I see you have a beautiful little girl-congrats! Also, let me know about any events you may have going on in support of colon cancer...I would love to be a part of that.

Meghann Milliken

Laura said...

Thanks for the tip, I was able to watch the video this time, how wonderful that you are getting a very important message out there! My Dad's cancer was caught through early diagnosis because of a caring and cautious physician. Ella is absolutely gorgeous and you look fabulous! Keep up the positive outlook, you are a star.


Anonymous said...

What a great news report, they did a great job. You have a beautiful daughter. I am thankful for you good news from your doctor. Keep up your high spirits. I keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.


Anonymous said...

Great spot...you look beautiful! Wonderful clip Shawndra. Keep the faith sweetie.

Glad to hear Andrea and crew are moving...Houston is way too hot anyway.

We love you,

Tim, Terri, Kendall and Shelby

Anonymous said...

It was great to see your time in the spotlight! You look amazing and Ella is getting so big :) Please know I think of you and pray often. By the way...I love that laugh at the of your clip!

Anonymous said...

I saw your inspirational story on the news. My dad just went through colon cancer and is doing great!! I know you will be too!!! I am making my appointment today for a colonoscopy, just to be safe. Thanks for sharing your story and saving lives!


Lisa said...

I've been following your story and blog since I found the link on Jennifer Ireland's. Thank you so much for posting the video. I saw the 10pm news but it was so short! You did an awesome interview and Ella is an absolute doll. So glad to hear about your doctors visit and the good news. YEAH! Keep positive!

Prayers and Best Wishes,
Lisa RN

Allison said...

Shawndra, I have only met you briefly through CMH, but have followed your story. I continue to think about you often and pray for you and your family. Keep up your positive attitude and strength! You and Ella looked great on TV! :)
Allison RN 2H

Alicia said...

You were so great on the news segment. What an advocate you are for others. I am thinking of you often. You are in my prayers daily.

Alicia Bailey

David M said...

David and William in San Diego:

We wish you every good thought, best wishes and hopes for the road ahead.

Stay tough! XX