|Lisa, Carl, Marilyn, Michelle, Will & Michelle's brother Alex.|
The fam at the opening night of Infinity War.
I know these things because in the past 3 years I have been to almost all of her monthly oncologist's appointments and bi-monthly scans with her, as well as numerous other appointments. I go because she asks and because I want to. We talk almost every day. Lisa joins our family for meals on a regular basis. I get to have lunch with her son Scott on occasion as well. She, Marilyn and sometimes Will & Michelle visit Disney together quite often- and she is currently plotting (much to their concern!) some way to play the steel drums at their wedding reception next March. We have attended countless movies and plays together, and in November the 5 of us are going to NYC. The point is, I KNOW these things because Lisa is a huge part of our family and I have walked with her every step of the way. And just when we had settled into the treatment and the side effects and her life was feeling somewhat normal again, we got hit with a bomb this past Wednesday. The cancer is back. And it will mean big changes- again.
Lisa posted the following on her Facebook page so I will let her words give you the details she wants us to know.
Dear prayer warriors- First of all, I am sorry for the long post. An update with what is going on. First of all I want to say I trust in the Lord and have faith that He will continue to bring me through this trial. So much so that I signed up today to do my very first 5K. I registered for the Disney Princess 5K and anyone who would love to run (walk) with me please do! Ok, so now on to the news I received yesterday. My cancer cell count is back up to 800 and there are new tumors that have grown. So that means the trial I was on is no longer working for me. They officially took me off the trial yesterday. But the good news is there are new trials and therapies being discovered all the time. They have screened me for an immunotherapy trial that I should start in 28 days. Here are the specific prayers I need lifted up.
1. I get in trial
2. I can handle the side effects that come with it.
3. It works!
4. In two years when the trial will be over for me, God has another awesome plan waiting.
My heart and soul tells me God has this and always has and I will continue to be a fighter and trust in Him! My hope is in Him. But right now just finding all this out, I will admit is a little scary. Thank you all for praying for me. I know prayers work! The fact that I am still alive proves that.
I believe in Lisa. I believe that Dr. Shahzad and his team have never led us astray and that trusting them has led to great things thus far. And I KNOW that Lisa is one of the toughest, most courageous people I have ever met. As her friend Jen Robison likes to remind her, no matter the odds, Lisa can always "be the one" who will beat them. This is her third round in the battle with cancer, and I for one will not bet against her! Her Jones family will be there to support Lisa in her fight. Even several of my old friends from NC have been in touch with and supported her. As I have told her since day one, "Always and forever- and no matter what!" I invite all of you to join her family and many friends and come be a part of Team Lisa. Pray for her, her family and for her doctors. Support and encourage her through the tough days. And mostly, BELIEVE in her! I promise she will inspire you to great things.
And as for cancer? #CANCERSUCKS