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Monday, April 25, 2005

300% Better...

It's been about a week and a half since I was released from the hospital with pneumonia. Since then I've just been resting and taking antibiotics- and I feel 300% better. In fact this morning, I went food shopping, and the manager at the Stop 'n Shop said to me, "Oh my goodness! You look healthy today!" I honestly didn't realize just how sick I was. Thank you to everyone who prayed for my recovery and sent me well wishes.

I get treatment tomorrow, and it will be number six. I then have a week of rest, then the following week I start another six week course of PDX.

On May 4th, the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach is having a fund raiser to help pay my medical bills; I'll be in town for the event, and I hope to see some of you there :-) It's always great to come back to California, I've come to the conclusion that although I love New York City- nothing compares to California Beaches!


God bless you all!


Fighting 2 Win,

-Alese

Monday, April 18, 2005

Feeling A Little Better...

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been fighting bronchitis for the last three weeks and it finally came to a head this past Wednesday. I went in for my weekly treatment and instead they admitted me into Sloan Kettering for pneumonia.

I remained in the hospital until Friday evening, while there they loaded me up with fluids and antibiotics. My cough is slowly going away and I’m feeling a lot better, just weak. I have treatment tomorrow (Tuesday) and then again on Monday, April 25th. That will be my last treatment on this cycle; I get a week off and then start six more cycles before completing this trial.

Please join me in prayer for this trials continued success.

Fighting 2 Win
-Alese

Saturday, April 09, 2005

From Blessings To Miracles...

I've had broncitis for the last two weeks and couldn’t stop coughing... To be completely honest, I was getting on my own nerves. So, I called my doctor to see if I needed a stronger antibiotic or anything that would make this nagging cough go away! I went in and had a chest x-ray, and I waited in the doctor’s office for about a half hour and took a nap. When my doctor came in he said, “Well I have some great news… the tumors in your chest have all collectively shrunk one whole centimeter, this is a 50% reduction.”

I AM RESPONDING TO THIS TREATMENT! WE FOUND SOMETHING THAT WORKS! PRAISE GOD!

I could not wait to get home to my computer and share this unbelievable good news with you all. Thank you again for all of your prayers! It’s workin’!

Fight 2 Win!

-Alese

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Blessings…

Well it’s been a quite a week… I’m back on the East Coast and I met with my doctor yesterday. We talked about PDX treatments and the discomfort that I’ve been experiencing, along with other available options. He asked me to stick it out and give him three more weeks of continued treatment, which would put me at the end of this six week trial. I have a lot of respect for Dr. O’Conner and his medical team and I’m going to take his advice. At the end of the six weeks they’re going to do a PET Scan; If there’s a reduction in growth, I’ll continue with PDX, but if there’s any sign of growth, we will explore other options.

This really got me thinking… I feel so thankful and so blessed to be in the position that I am in. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to be seen and treated by world class doctors. I’m so blessed that I have a support team of people who take the time out of their day to pray for me, and a family who has taken care of me in a way that I cannot describe in words. Thank you.

So that’s where I’m at right now. My Aunt Anna is here with me and when I feel up to it, we sew! We made the cutest pajama pants ever! It’s been so much fun. I’m still under the weather, I have a touch of bronchitis and I received PDX treatment yesterday. Please keep praying that I feel better, and thank you for all your support.


Fight
2 Win

-Alese