June 15 2012

I’m sorry everyone for being slow with the updates.  It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks.

Kris learned on Tuesday (6/12) that her latest CHOPE chemo regime hasn’t been effective in stopping the progression of the large cell lymphoma.  Her PET scan revealed that the cancer has spread and there are some additional tumors in her chest.

Her medical team adjusted her treatment and on Wednesday (6/13) started a chemo protocol using ICE:

  • Ifofamide
  • Carboplatin
  • Etoposide

It’s a far more aggressive chemo treatment.  In addition to being harder on her organs, it really knocks out her immune system.  She receives chemo for 3 days, waits 24-48 hours and then receives a shot of Neulasta to help bring her ANC (white blood cell) levels back up to a near normal level.

Her doctors are also recommending that we shorten the timeline for her transplant.  Because the large cell lymphoma is so aggressive, they are going to schedule the transplant for as soon as we can, once the cancer is under control and diminishes.

She’s scheduled to receive another round of ICE in three weeks.  If the cancer responds, the transplant will take place as soon as her body has recovered from the chemo treatment.

Kris remains optimistic and appreciates all the support, encouragement and prayers that you’re providing.

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10 Responses to “June 15 2012”


  1. 2 Sue & Terry June 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Dear Kris, we know you are going thru so much right now, but we also know how strong you are and the faith you have. We are saying daily prayers for you and our most sincere thoughts are with you. Hang in there sweetie. Sue Daisy

  2. 3 Amber Steinberg Moeller June 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Holding you and your family close in my prayers.

  3. 4 Missy Ling June 16, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Ken and Kris-
    Thank you for the updates! I have forwarded to all my friends and family to spread the word. Kris, you continue to shine on the news. 🙂

    All my love and continued support,
    Missy

  4. 5 Teri McCammon June 16, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Ken and Kris,
    I was deeply moved by your story and after reading what your have been through I just had to try and help.
    My name is Teri, I am 38 years old, 1/2 Dutch and 1/2 German….I have ordered my kit and praying that I am a match for you.
    I can’t imagine what you’ve been through or what you’ll have to endure in the next couple of weeks but I do know this….you have inspired so many to step up and commit to helping others.
    Stay strong and stay positive, we are all praying for you!
    Teri

  5. 6 Diann Roche June 16, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Wow! That’s intense information. I can only imagine the range of your emotions. Hold on tightly to each other. My prayers are with you.

  6. 7 diane southwick June 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Kris and Ken, You and your families are never far from our thoughts. You two are an impressive team, strong and determined. We are on your side spreading the word and cheering you on. D & S.

  7. 8 Paul Callenius June 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Dear Kris & Ken,

    You are in our prayers every day, and hoping for the best income! Its been too long since we’ve last seen you, but have not forgotten you. We love you very much!

    I just found your pages here and on Facebook, and can keep up up-to-date on your progress, but also give us the chance to keep in touch with you.

    I wish so badly that I could be a match, but according to the online registration, I don’t qualify. But, that wont stop us from supporting you and bethematch.com in other ways.

    We have a local cancer support group called Festival Of Hope here that we support, now especially with renewed efforts because of you.

    Love,

    Paul & Wendi Callenius
    Scottsbluff, NE

  8. 9 Marlene Lobner June 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I am sharing your story with everyone I know. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. 10 Mindy and Deric June 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Deric and I are thinking about you both and praying for a positive DNA mach for Kris’s transplant. We will do all we can in order to help spread the word!


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