Thank you for your patience with these updates. A lot has happened since June 9. During July, Barbi had to undergo emergency surgery for intestinal perforations that resulted from her tumor shrinkage. It was a frightening episode, but things have gone well since then. For more detail on July, you can check her Facebook page.
Barbi has been recuperating from her surgery, and last night I had dinner with her and two other friends--we had a great time and she looks amazing. There is much good news.
With the help of her doctors, family, and friends, she is fully recovered from her surgery, and this week is feeling really good. She has regained a little weight and looks wonderful. And the best news of all is that during these weeks of recovery, there has been NO TUMOR REGROWTH. That's right, none.
And this is with no additional chemo since the last round several weeks before the emergency surgery in July. In fact, as I understand it, her surgeon said that he didn't find much in the way of tumors during the surgery, either. That was entirely for perforations from the reduction of the tumors.
This is about as close to a miracle you can get, considering how fast they were growing earlier in the year. This wonderful remission is allowing her to undergo an evaluation for a stem cell transplant that they hope will eliminate this cancer entirely and restore her to full health.
This Tuesday, August 27, Barbi will go to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City to undergo the evaluation and see if it they can perform a stem cell transplant.
This is a complex procedure and there are many factors to be considered, not the least of which is finances. This procedure would normally cost over $200,000, not including the doctors fees. But OU is a teaching hospital and if candidates are accepted, they have been known to offer sliding scale and special payment rates for unique situations. Barbi still has nearly all of the funds that were raised last spring for her treatment. Our hope is that this money will be enough to secure this procedure for her so that she can undergo it as quickly as possible.
We should know much more in a few days. In the meantime, give thanks that she has been given a glimpse of health again to restore her spirit. And please cover her in prayer for the acceptance into this treatment to restore her health once and for all.
FRIENDS, WE FINALLY HAVE A PRAISE REPORT!! The new chemo is working! It was a long shot, but the tumor is shrinking and stayed down this round. Tomorrow Barbi starts her second round of this treatment. Keep the prayers coming for continuing results--good things are at work here!
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Benefit Concert Celebration
Give now. . . celebrate later!
Friday, April 26, at 6:30 pm, the Barbi Cottingham Celebration Concert will be held at the Jazz Hall of Fame, downtown at 1st and Main Streets. Amy Cottingham and Friends are presenting this benefit concert free to the public, as a goal to complete the fundraiser and to thank Barbi's many supporters.
Donations will also be accepted at the concert. But we hope to have the M.D. Anderson fee already in place so that April 26 is a night of great celebration.