I know that everybody is wondering what is going on with Michelle. We are definately not good at blogging and sending updates. It seems there is not enough energy in the tank to stay on top of things. That being said, we have felt a huge amount of support, love and concern as Michelle goes through this challenging process. The latest news is a mixed bag. Michelle has metatastic breast cancer, meaning that the cancer has spread to her bones and other parts of her body. The most recent case is a tumor that is sitting on the front part of her brain. The grape size tumor has been determined to be malignant and has been causing her quite a bit of discomfort. Thanks to Randy Phillips and Dave Loeffler with AEG Entertainment ( Dave being my brother in law and Randy a close, family friend) she has been seeing one of the top breast cancer doctors in the country, at The City of Hope Hospital in California. She has also been seeing a neurologist who has been watching her for the past few months and monitoring the growth of the tumor. Our last trip to L.A. has determined that the tumor has grown and some options were given to Michelle to either radiate or do brain surgery. After meeting with her oncologist, we decided to wait on taking any action until we go back on December 14th to have another cat scan and to see if the tumor is getting more agressive. However, Michelle has been feeling pretty good because she is also going through a hormonal treatment that seems to be giving her some of her energy back. Her oncologist says this is a really good sign and that she is confident the treatment is working. the problem is that hormonal treatment and chemotherapy don't work on the brain. Thus, we have to weigh out what our next course of action will be and try to deal with the tumor in the brain. Most likely we will go with the radiation because technology has made it so the treatment can target the tumor without radiating the whole brain. Now there are a lot of positives, because the site of the tumor is in the best possible place that it could be. The neurologist said that if it were anywhere else, Michelle would not be functioning at all. When you are dealing with the brain, it can be scary, but we are confident in the care that she is receiving and we feel we have the best team possible looking after Michelle. Michelle is amazing and she is determined to beat this thing. She is strong and looks great. She isn't letting any of this distract her from being the best wife and mother anybody could ask for. Well, that is the latest and again we want to thank everybody for all their thoughts and prayers and concerns on our behalf.
Doug and Michelle Corpuz