December 5, 2010

Long time

I can't believe that it has been about six months since my last post! The fact is, I'm not really sure what to do with this blog. Now that Madeleine's tumor is stable there isn't much to share in terms of medical updates. We recently saw the neuroblastoma specialists in LA, and she was happy with Mad's recent scans and doesn't see any need for further biopsy at this time. She still has to be monitored, as the tumor is still active.

We also have to watch out for secondary effects from the chemo that she received, such as secondary cancer, problems with infertility, etc. My biggest fear is that Madeleine won't be able to have children. I worry about this all the time. It was very reassuring to hear that with the amount of chemo that she had, her doctors don't think that infertility will be an issue. There is still a likelihood that she could have some sort of secondary problem, but from what we've been told she may just beat this thing without any issues...except for a couple decent scars, and a weakened right leg...but I'll take that.

In OTHER life news however, there is a fair amount going on. In August Madeleine became a big sister:She loves her little sister, Laurel, and is surprisingly a big help to me.

Madeleine has been enjoying her dance class:

And logging in some beach and friend time:

Shortly after Christmas we are moving to New Mexico! Ryan got a good job at the National Lab in Los Alamos, and we are looking forward to getting out of fast-paced Southern California. We will definitely miss our San Diego friends, but I think this will be a good move.