Friday, July 20, 2018

Chemo Complete! (Hopefully FOREVER!)

Today was the last day of chemo for this round (and hopefully ever!)!!!

So far, Caroline has been in pretty good spirits...she is still eating and drinking a little bit, playing with slime, doing art, and even got out of bed to do some music therapy.  Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are currently her biggest side effects, so she is on a few medications to help with those.  We expect the next few days to get progressively worse, as her body continues to react to the high-dose chemo.  Although she is eating a little, the doctors have started Caroline on some nutritional supplements via an IV line and her NG tube.  The next big step is the stem cell transplant, which is scheduled for Monday, followed by approximately 3 weeks of inpatient recovery (again, due to the high-dose chemo side effects).

Andrew is currently enjoying 2 weeks of fun on vacation in Baltimore with family. Yesterday, thanks to a very generous friend, he got to attend Day 1 of Ravens Training Camp 2018.  He had a blast and got so many collectibles, which he said he wants to share with his little sister when he returns!

Mom and dad don't sleep very much these days...we're still struggling to deal with all of this mentally - the long and exhausting treatment protocol, what's still ahead, and being separated from each other constantly.  That being said, we cannot express enough how much we appreciate the visits, outreach, love and support from our friends and family.  We are very thankful we don't have to go through this alone...Caroline and her army of supporters are strong, so we must stay focused on that, even though it's easier said than done.

Team Lantz

Goofy time with music therapy.

 Training camp with Pop-Pop.

Cousin fun!

Thank you, MP, for always decorating Caroline's room every time we've been admitted...we love you!


  1. I pray it is forever also. So good to hear she still wants to play and sing during all this. I hope Caroline has a super great Monday. Prayers for all.����

  2. Praying in support of your vision of no more chemo for Caroline. She is an inspiration for all of us as you and all your family are.

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