Thursday, July 12, 2018

Next Steps / Family Meals

Caroline's "at home break" in between treatments is coming to an end.  She will be admitted on Monday (7/16), for the second round of high-dose chemo, and a second stem cell transplant.  We expect to be inpatient at the hospital for about 4 weeks straight, most of which will just be recovery from the 4 days of high-dose chemo.  The expected side effects include: high fever, loss of appetite, mucositis, vomiting, diarrhea, possible rash, fatigue, etc.  Caroline will begin this inpatient stay on isolation and contact precautions because she is still testing positive for the "rhino virus" (aka: common cold).  It will (once again) be a very difficult stretch for Caroline, and our entire family.  Please continue to keep us in your daily prayers.

Here is the remaining approximate treatment timeline:
  • Inpatient High-Dose Chemo / Stem Cell Transplant (1 month)
  • Rest-at-Home Break (2-3 weeks)
  • Outpatient Radiation (3 weeks)
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Immunotherapy (6 months)
Assuming there are no setbacks, the above treatment plan runs through April 2019.  

We have decided to not post any at-home delivery meal train dates for the upcoming hospital stay, since most of our time will be spent at Vanderbilt.  However, if you would like to donate a meal, please click here and you will be directed to Postmates gift card page.  You can send the gift card to Margaret's email (  It is a very convenient option for us to get dinner delivered from a restaurant close to the hospital, and saves us from eating in the limited food court all the time...

Thank you all for the continued love and support!

Lantz Crew
#carolinestrong #ftgf 

Learning how to sew with her godmother, Kathleen!


  1. We are praying for you Caroline and for mom,dad,and all the doctors and nurses as you start this next round of treatment. God bless you. Love the Whisner family.

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