On Thursday May 10th, Jane spent all day at the MD Anderson Cancer Hospital and went through a battery of tests including EKG, CT scan, etc. Jane's doctors today noted that the tumors in her abdomen area are responding to the experimental drugs and reflected additional shrinkage from the last measurement date! This is really good news and a very positive step forward. So today, Jane starts the Cycle 10 regime. She will then undergo Cycle 11 and 12 and, at the end of Cycle 12, she will undergo a similar testing regime to assess the drug's effectiveness. The end of Cycle 12 should be some time in mid-July 2012.
Jane and her husband (together with two of Jane's three sisters) just returned on Wednesday, May 9th from a week long pilgrimage to Lourdes sponsored by the Order of Malta. Jane received a blessing from Cardinal Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and attended many beautiful Masses in historic churches and a very special Mass at the Lourdes Grotto. Jane and her companions also bathed in the special Lourdes healing waters at the Grotto. The Knights and Dames of Malta from the Houston area who sponsored Jane and her party were perfect hosts and made everyone feel right at home. They were kind, giving, and generous in their care and concern for all the pilgrims. Jane and her family left all of the petitions of friends and family at the Grotto and also prayed for everyone.
We continue to appreciate all the assistance, support, and prayers from all the family and friends. Never underestimate the power of prayer!