In the past week, she's had her port placed, a bone marrow biopsy, 2 chemos each day for five days, and the antibody treatment infused over 20 hours per day for four days. Beginning today, for the next 7 days, Caroline will receive Leukine shots to help her immune system recover. She is also on more than a half dozen other medications to help with the treatment side effects and infection prevention. Cycle 2 will start in about two weeks (mid-May), with weekly outpatient clinic visits to check her counts in between.
She will spend the next few days recovering at home, and we are hoping she feels well enough to get back to school soon, although she'll have to limit her physical activity due to the port (located in the upper right side of her chest), and she also had to stop playing spring rec soccer.
Please continue to pray / send good vibes / hope for the best possible outcome for Caroline. In addition to needing the treatment to kill off these aggressive cancer cells spread throughout her little body again, she is really just so sad. This time around she is more aware of what she's "missing," and she has a lot more "big" feelings about what's going on. Although we have faith and will go to the ends of the earth to fight this, we all know too much and are scared.
We are so grateful for her amazing care team at Vanderbilt…as always, they have been gracious, patient, and compassionate during this entire process.
As we mentioned before, we have received some packages in the mail without sender information…please know we appreciate every one of you, and the outpouring of love and generosity! We know we can’t do this alone, and there is much comfort for us in numbers. We definitely can feel all the love and support, and know Caroline has an army from all over behind her!
The Lantz Family
Family Meals via UberEats (email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Misc Treatment Needs via Amazon Gift Card (email to email@example.com)
Recovering at home
Beside EKG after some chest pains on night 5
Bedside X-Ray after chest pains on night 5
How she spent most of her time inpatient...
Caroline got a VERY special visit from Squid, the hospial's emotonal support dog. He spent almost an hour laying in bed with her on one of the hardest days of the cycle. As soon as she saw Squid coming into the room, her face lit up - and words cannot describe how much seeing her smile meant! Thank you Mars Petcare and the Better Cities for Pets Program for sponsoring Squid at VUMC!
We love you all and are praying. Thanks for the update. So glad that Squid got to visit her. I'm just so sorry this has come back.....ReplyDelete
Love love love miss Caroline. If and when I can bring Abba over to see her .. let me know. Xoxo prayers and hugs!ReplyDelete
Prayers for all of you. Glad Squid got to visit Caroline too!ReplyDelete
We are praying for you all. 🙏❤️🙏ReplyDelete
Kick butt Sweet Caroline! You are one super strong super hero!!👊ReplyDelete
Hey Caroline! I am praying for you and your family - I keep up with you through Shell Shock Fitness posting your updates. You are amazing and beautiful! Keep fighting and know people are praying for your healing!!ReplyDelete
So glad she had Squid to watch over her! Sending prayers and good vibes to Caroline! Love and hugs! 🤗❤️ReplyDelete
So glad your home! We are thinking of you daily and keeping you in our prayers. Alyssa can't wait to hug and see you!ReplyDelete
Only good vibes Carolina strong!ReplyDelete
We are all happy to read you’re home Caroline. You’re one strong little girl! Praying for you all every day and sending positive vibes.ReplyDelete
Praying for you Caroline!ReplyDelete
Praying for you! Stay Strong Caroline!!ReplyDelete
Praying for you sweet Caroline. I believe you can beat this again!! God is good.ReplyDelete
May you feel God’s loving arms around you! Praying for ❤️🩹!ReplyDelete
Our hearts and souls are touched by your struggles and strength. God be with you.❤ReplyDelete
Caroline, all your Thales friends can’t wait to see your beautiful smile again soon!ReplyDelete
Prayers to you, Caroline and your family!ReplyDelete
Caroline-sending only good vibes and good splashes from the adult pool at Mays Chapel. Praying you get better soon so you can stop by and say hello. We miss you sweet girl.ReplyDelete
Praying for Caroline and the family.ReplyDelete