Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Guess what? It's working!!! Not only is there nothing in the brain (my biggest fear) but the tumors have either not grown (liver) or have disappeared (breast). There is the possibility of a few new small subcutaneous tumors we didn't pick up on earlier, but for the most part this is great news. The Dr. said about 30% of patients get to do the second cycle of IL-2, and I get to be one of those!

They are calling it stable disease. He wouldn't predict with me if I have a good chance of being a complete responder (having the IL-2 get rid of all the cancer for a 'durable response') but I'm already beating the odds.

What are we going to do to celebrate? The ocean is calling, and I have been putting it on hold for way too long. A quick trip to the coast before I go back to the hospital (Monday) sounds like just the thing.

I've got to run the kids to the dentist, I might be able to give more details later.

43 comments:

  1. Oh Alisa, I'm just sitting here crying tears of joy. Go to the ocean!

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  2. So so happy I'm in tears! Way to beat the odds-Keep it up! Love you!

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  3. Alisa, I am so incredibly happy to hear this. Thanks so much for sharing the news! Round 2...Fight! Enjoy the beach.

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  4. The best news of the year by far! I never thought I would be excited about one of my children "getting" to go through more torture with that treatment, but I surely am.

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  5. Yeah!!!! This is wonderful news. We are so happy for you- go out and celebrate!!!!! Be on vacation as long as you can and enjoy your awesome family! We love you!

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  6. Yeah yeah yeah!!!!!!! So so happy!!! Best news!!!

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  7. Tears of joy! I am so happy. Have a wonderful trip with your sweet family. I love you girl!

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  8. Hip Hip Horray! What wonderful news!!

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  9. So happy to hear such great news!

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  10. I am so happy i can't imagine all that you are going through but thanks for the honesty and lovely way you are handling it love Suzanne Campbell

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  11. This is such wonderful news! Have fun in the sunshine, Natalie Harris

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  12. I immediately burst into tears when I read this post...happy, grateful tears. I can't think of any better way to celebrate than enjoying yourself on a vacation. Love you guys!

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  13. If I knew how to do a back flip I'd be doing them in my kitchen right now! What good news. Enjoy every minute of your time away!

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  14. I am so happy to hear this! So happy!! I hope the ocean is wonderful. It was nice to see you for a minute the other day too, like I said then, I just think you are incredible. Thank you for the way in which you carry on in life. You are wonderful friend, just wonderful!

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  15. Alisa,our little girls remember you in each of their prayers. They will be so excited (as we are) to hear the great news!

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  16. Salt water and sunshine both healing agents and calling, enjoy, enjoy. This is a wonderful new day!

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  17. Alisa, that is just fantastic news. I am so so happy to hear this for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ~Jodi Nelson

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  18. That is wonderful news, hooray!!

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  19. Such GREAT NEWS!!!! I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!

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  20. Happy day! Your trash talk appears to be working! Have a great week!!!

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  21. Tears of joy..if I could do a back flip right now i would.

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  22. You must be one mean trash talker! This is great news! Enjoy YOUR ocean!

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  23. I'm so so happy to hear it, Alisa!

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  24. So glad the news is good! Hope you enjoy the ocean and sun and fresh air!!!

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  25. Wahoo! Let's make this a trend.

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  26. This may be the best news I've ever heard! Have a wonderful time at the ocean!

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  27. I am beyond happy about your great news! It's about time you got some. Enjoy the sun and the ocean.

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  28. Happy Day! Enjoy the beach and every other wonderful day ahead!

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  29. I'm so excited for you! It has got to make the 2nd cycle a bit more tolerable knowing that's you're responding to it. Enjoy your trip, you deserve it to say the least!

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  30. You told cancer you were going to 'take it down!' It should have listened!! Congrats and enjoy the beach!!

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  31. Hallelujah!!!! What wonderful news! Go enjoy the Ocean!!!

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  32. oh my gosh CONGRATS!!!! that is sooo exciting and great news, I am SOOO happy to hear that!!!

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  33. That is wonderful news! What a relief! Enjoy some peaceful days at the ocean!

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  34. What can I say that hasn't already been said? I say DITTO to all! PURE JOY!

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  35. Alisa, I was introduced to your blog through one of your high school friends. I, too, am Stage IV with melanoma and just yesterday, I was told all about the latest plan for surgery, IP-2, and Ipi. I'm scared. I hate cancer. I've survived a year and I want to do 1000 more. This is my "Goliath" and I sling those rocks every hour of every day. You have given me insights as I make my decisions. Thanks for the inspiration. Enjoy the beach! It sounds delightful. Fight on, sister! I'm at fightingmygoliath.blogspot.com

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  36. Good news Alisa..and "running the kids to the dentist"..life's most boring tasks are so sweet, aren't they?

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  37. Alisa, I'm so relieved and happy for you. What a wonderful miracle that it's working! Enjoy every second at the ocean.

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