Ken's sister, Laura, here, for a quick update. Today was Mother's Day, and I'm down in Springfield, visiting mom and Ken and all the other family. It was so great to see Ken again, (it had been a month, or so), and he really looks great. Bald, but great!
Ken is doing really well, and is now preparing himself, mentally, for his next week of chemo, which starts tomorrow. Ken is bracing for the effects of this chemo, knowing that it will turn his brain to mush for at least a couple of weeks, not to mention all of those lovely awful physical reactions, with which he has become so familiar. This upcoming week of chemo is an important check-point treatment, because, afterward, after the two week rest that will follow, they will run additional scans/tests on him, to determine how much more of the metastases has been eliminated, (some of the originating esophageal cancer had spread to Ken's spine and pelvis, so they're working on getting rid of that), and they may then be able to 're-stage' him, as a result. That would be excellent! To move him back from a Stage IV to a Stage III, or better, would be incredible! We are all praying for it. Ken has put up such a great fight, and I am so very proud of him.
So, watch for the treatment check-point update that will be coming at the end of May.
Thank you all, so very much, for your comments, cards, letters and calls. It has meant a lot to Ken.