Mom’s youngest sister is back in Seattle and she has been a godsend. Claudia arrived in Seattle on Monday and is settling into a routine of shuttling mom to appointments and keeping her company at the nursing home.

Mom has also begun some initial treatment for the tumors. She is having targeted radiation every day for seven weeks to shrink the tumors in her pelvis. The goal of this radiation is to reduce the pain so that mom will be able to increase her mobility.

She will also begin a 28 day chemo cycle on Friday. This will be a relatively less toxic drug than mom took the first time around and again the goal here is to reduce the tumor growth enough that mom can make some progress with her physical therapy.

Still a very long way to go and we need a little bit of luck to go our way, but we are beginning again to make progress and are very grateful for that.