Wednesday, September 28, 2022

200 Nights / Cycle 8

Last night, Caroline spent her 200th night at Vanderbilt since she was initially diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma in November 2017. It’s exhausting to think about how much time we’ve spent here….and in turn, split our family in half. It goes without saying that we are beyond grateful she is alive and still able to battle, but we also are very broken watching her endure this awful treatment, especially at such a young age and for so many years.

She started cycle 8 of treatment for her relapse Monday, and the first 2 days where very rough with side effects. Nausea lead to 2 really bad episodes of vomiting where she lost her NG tube. It had to be replaced both times, which is never a fun process for her to go through (or us to watch). However, her spirits were much better today…she even spent some time with her favorite hospital staff visitors and gave them all a few laughs with her sassy personality!

We hope that the rest of the week is more like today rather than earlier in the week, and that she can get out on schedule (Saturday).

Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes!

The Lantz Family

PS: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month ends Sept 30th, so there’s just a few days left to order the candles from In Love There's Light! Click here to support childhood cancer research!

Monday, September 12, 2022

Cycle 7 Update

Caroline was discharged yesterday after being inpatient all week for Cycle 7.  Although she experienced all of the typical side effects, the cycle overall was "uneventful."  We're always grateful for the thoughts and prayers!

Home in time for Ravens' Kick-off!

Friday, September 2, 2022

Scan Updates

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and there's no better way to kick it off than by sharing some good news about Caroline beating cancer...again!

After a very long day of testing that included blood work, CT scan, PET scan, Bone Marrow Biopsy and a follow-up appointment with the orthopedic team for her broken finger, we finally have all the results:
  • Broken Finger: Healing well
  • Blood Work: Mostly in normal range
  • CT Scan: No Evidence of Disease
  • PET Scan: No Evidence of Disease 
  • Bone Marrow: No Evidence of Disease 
So, as of now, there are no visible signs of Neuroblastoma cells present in Caroline’s body!  We will celebrate for a few days, but get back to continuing the fight on Tuesday, for Cycle 7 of her inpatient treatment.

Caroline's Oncology team recommends up to 11 additional cycles of treatment (17 cycle total) to reduce the chance of reoccurrence and/or missed microscopic disease identified on the scans.  It's not fun, it’s hard to manage, and it's beyond hard to watch.  The treatment wreaks havoc on her body, and the risk of secondary cancers increases with each chemotherapy treatment, but the odds of relapse are generally much higher than these other concerns, so we are all in agreement to continue to keep it rolling.

We were honored to partner with the following organizations/people in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Please help us continue to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research this month by supporting any/all of the following: 

Caroline created a signature scent

Focusing on much-needed sibling support for pediatric cancer families...and if you're local, please support their annual Pumpkin Patch next month!

Saving children's lives daily

There is still a national blood shortage - please donate if you're able!

If you're local, here are two other ways to support: 

**local pick-up @ NSC Team Store only** 
Caroline created a scarf for NSC's 2022 "Kick Childhood...if you want to see the video of her creating the scarf and being interviewed, click here.

Mini-sessions with our favorite local photographer (we will donate the proceeds to the Beat Childhood Cancer Foundation)

We have so much appreciation for all those in the battle with us: her huge Vanderbilt team, the Beat Childhood Cancer team, our friends, family, neighbors, Caroline’s school, the Nashville Predators, the Nashville Sounds, the Nashville Soccer Club, co-workers of past and present, and so many others we don't even know.  Thank you for your steadfast support and generosity throughout the (almost) five year journey!

The Lantz Family