Thursday, January 6, 2011

Goodbye Houston! Hello Phoenix, family and friends!

Deborah is heading home today, January 6, 2011. She has been in Houston since December 7th, and has been through what feels like a lifetime of experiences and emotions. Just this week brought a roller coaster of emotions. There was the high of waking up Monday morning feeling strong, and deciding to wear make up for the first time. That high was a bit dashed by a call from Steven Wei saying that the CT scan of the abdomen done last week revealed a small blood clot in her lung. Then came the frustration and fatigue of a 6 hour stint in the ER to get a special lung CT scan. Then the relief of finding out there were no blood clots and no need to receive anticoagulation medication. Then there was anxiety about the final appt with Dr. Vauthey and hoping that he would say she was clear to travel.

The appt with Dr. Vauthey was informative. He talked about the type of cancer Deborah is dealing with and that not much is known about the causes or risk factors for it. He said she would need to come back to Houston every 4 to 5 months for follow up scans. He said she was healing as expected and that the liver was already busy regenerating. He told her she was OK to travel home. So we are set to fly today.  Keep her in your prayers and get set to welcome her home! 


  1. I am so glad you are coming home! What a relief I am sure! Mrs. McVey asked for an update on your condition and I was happy to report that you were expected to return home soon. I am your on call nurse day or night, no question/ problem is too small or too big. And take good care of yourself. Remember, you are regenerating a major organ. Not many people can say they have done that.

  2. Deb: I was traveling home from GA on Jan. 6 and thought about you that day--Dia de Los Reyes, remember?! On that date I always think of you and the little gifts you gave me in Paraguay.

    I'm glad to read you are back home and on the road to recovery. What a long month this must have been for you and your family! I hope you'll have the good sense to take it easy for a long time.

    Love you!

  3. I'm thankful you're back with your family, and in your own home. Annie and Marie were at Basha's the day you flew in - they are such bright, shining girls - I see you when I look at them. Take care of yourself and stay well! xoxoxoxo

  4. I have NO idea how I found this blog, but I did!! I was just hoping for an update!! (and a good one at that!) I am a resident of Houston, and a patient here at MDAnderson. I was diagnosed with stage four Breast Cancer 2 years ago, when I was 36. I have been in treatment ever since. I am so glad you found MDAnderson, it TRULY is the BEST in the world. Literally! I am so blessed to call Houston home, to be able to have such easy access to an amazing facility.

    I was reading the second day of your blog and did a huge double take when I saw the roof of the Houston Temple in the picture i was scrolling into, I kept on scrolling thinking Naaaaah, they can't be. Then all of a sudden...Pow! There is our beautiful Temple staring me square in the face! I am LDS too and live on the north side of town. Just 15 minutes from the Temple!! I am so glad you got to visit it!!!

    I hope all is well with you and your family!!! STAY STRONG!!!