Thursday, October 31, 2013

Medical Update- By Nathan

Elisa has asked me to take over writing the blog in regards to all of the medical information so that if she is feeling up to it she can feel free to just write about her feelings and thoughts and not have to play catch up with scan results, treatment and the like.

So it has been a long time since she has posted, so allow me to catch you up.

Since the last post Elisa had her steroid dosage level increased to try to deal with some of the symptoms she was having. The dose of 4mg daily seemed to have the desired effect and she became more stable on her feet. However long term use of steroids can be unsafe for cancer patients so they decided to have her wean off them slowly as she has done in the past. The plan is that they help her through a patch of bad swelling in the brain then she goes back off once it goes down. If we have learned anything through all this it is that plans rarely go the way you want. As she started to tapper off as she got down to 2mg she would have a resurgence of the balance issues, headaches, fatigue etc. So the docs decided the plan would be to keep her at 4mg until after the “slow study” was done then take her off. Plans.

The slow study is typically a 2-day test. It was very painful and failed during their first attempt so 2 days became 4 days and they had to repeat the test. Luckily the second time around was not as painful and was successful. The shunt and Omaya port were functioning; although the CT scan showed continued swelling in her brain and some possible “hardening” of the ventricles that help regulate the draining of spinal fluid.
So after the slow study Elisa tried once again to wean off of the steroids, unfortunately with the same problematic symptoms returning at 3mg. The decision was made to keep her at 4mg at this point. A new drug was added to her daily regiment to help try and balance out the immunity suppression that the steroids can cause. This takes us to October 9th when they adjust the shunt draining the fluid in her brain to try and make it a little slower in order to be able to possibly resume intrathecal chemo treatment later. On Oct. 11 during dinner Elisa had a seizure. Luckily I saw it about to happen and Courtney and Eileen were present and fast acting. Sadie was quickly taken from the table by Courtney, Eileen went to get her post seizure meds and I was able to get hold of Elisa and hold her through it. Elisa didn’t hurt herself (didn’t even bite her tongue this time) and Sadie just thought she was getting out of eating her veggies and never knew anything happened. Once she had taken her post seizure meds she was out for the night. That Sunday we were scheduled to go in and have a CT scan to look at what was going on. The scan showed continued systemic swelling in the brain (CT scans do not show tumor growth). After the scan they opened the shunt back up to allow more fluid to drain. Elisa resumed 4mg daily of the steroids and would stay on it until her scheduled MRI of the brain and spine on the Oct 23rd. During the time leading up to the MRI Elisa continued to have balance issues and headaches even at the 4mg level of steroids. The scan results would then be presented on Friday morning to the tumor board for review and input. On the day of the scan (Wednesday Oct 23rd) Dr. Jhaveri could see that there was still systemic swelling and the decision was made to increase her steroid level to 8 mg daily.  A bright spot was they could also see that there were no tumors in the spine!  Elisa and I would get a call on Friday afternoon from her regarding the rest of the results and the treatment plan. The news was not great. Although most of the tumors in the brain had not grown, one on the cerebellum had grown. This meant that the Gemcitabine chemo was not effective and she would not receive that drug anymore. This coming Monday she will start another chemo called Vinorelbine though her chest port along with her Herceptin. Dr. Jhaveri also said that because of the continued swelling in the brain intrathecal chemo would no longer be a treatment option. In fact there are not a lot of further treatment options. Dr. Jhaveri continues to search for any clinical trails that Elisa may qualify for but thus far there are none. Elisa will also be staying in the 8mg dose for now. It has taken a couple of days for the steroids to start to be effective, but it has been two days now that Elisa has not had any balance issues, and we are hopeful that this dose level will be effective.
So that brings us to today. Today she felt good, and we hope the same for tomorrow and that is how we are moving forward. I, all of us that know and love Elisa are so grateful for all of the prayers, positive energy and support that you continue to show her. If I may, I would like to impose upon you all to say a little prayer, send a little positive energy, hold her in your thoughts and smile. We are far from done fighting, but do need all the help we can get. Thank you all so much.
Warmly,
Nathan

145 comments:

  1. Thank you for the update, Nathan. Continued prayers from Charleston, SC!

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  2. Sending tons of positive, peaceful, and happy thoughts to all of you!

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  3. I continue to read your blog and follow on your facebook page. I will say a prayer for Elisa and your family. From reading the blog since day one of reading about the "Couple with Cancer", I knew your family was full of fighters! Elisa, stay strong and hang in there. I know you can beat this. I may not have ever met you but I wish I had the amount of strength that I have learned you have just by reading your blog. Prayers are coming your way!
    Marissa
    Pittsburgh, PA

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  4. Sending prayers / positive energy your way.

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  5. Holding all of you up in prayer.

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  6. Sending all the positive energy and prayers I have!

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  7. Holding all of you in the light every minute of every day. Elisa is my shero. Keep fighting.

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  8. I was glad to see the update, so sorry Nathan had to write of difficulties. From my heart to yours, I send wishes for strength to cope. Dear Elisa, sweet lady, sharing you spunk, your spirit, you are a light in the lives of people you've never met. My thoughts are with you every day.

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  9. Sending prayers from Wyoming! You are all in my thoughts.

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  10. Sending all the prayers and love I can from Virginia. You have so many people thinking about you and wishing we could do something, or anything, for the strangers in NY that have touched our hearts so deeply. We will continue to pray and send good vibes.

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  11. Nathan and Elisa, What a beautiful and strong couple you are. Sadie must be one amazing kid. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of the members of your wonderful family -- who have been through so much, so graciously and with so much love.

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  12. Nathan, thank you so much for updating us. In all of this, you know that we are all out here holding you all in our hearts and prayers. I'm so sorry for all of this - but we all know she's a fighter and we'll fight for her too! Love and lots of prayers coming from Oregon.

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  13. aww geeze, you always think no news is good news. Sometimes it does not work like that though. Prayers in abundance being sent from Pennsylvania.

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  14. Sending positive thoughts, prayers and love from Switzerland.

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  15. You are both incredible and inspiring. I continue to send positive thoughts your way. Happy you have a loving family and a beautiful child to help you through the days. Peace and Love to all of you.

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  16. sending thoughts and prayers from Brooklyn.

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  17. Sending love & prayers from Indiana.

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  18. Always in our thoughts and prayers! Thank you for being an inspiration to us all! Prayers from California.

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  19. Continuing to send prayers and positivity to your beautiful family, care takers and physicians. Keep fighting, Elisa!

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  20. Done! You, Sadie and mostly Elisa are in my thoughts. Sending all positive thoughts to get her through this and hope for a trial that works. Hang in there.

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  21. You are all so strong, I continue to pray for your family and for the doctors and all who care for you to guide them in the fight. Positive thoughts and Prayers from Oregon!

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  22. These are difficult posts to read but you have all taught me about strength, courage, and love in the face of great challenges. Each day is a gift and one that I know you will treasure...holding all of you in the light and wishing you a journey free from pain and discomfort and filled with love from all of us who care so much about you and your family.

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  23. שמע ישראל אדוני אלוקינו אדוני אחד

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  24. I have been praying for you both from day 1 and I thank you Nathan for the update. It has been a long time coming. May God continue to bestow his blessings upon Elisa and keep her in his mercies. May she have more good days than bad and may that Angel of a daughter of yours be all the light she needs to keep fighting the good fight, I have lit so many candles at Trinity Church for you both and I will continue to do so. You will both remain in my prayers and I wish you peace.

    Chrisie from Brooklyn

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  25. God of all comfort, you tell us in 1 Corinthians 1: 3-5 that you are the God of ALL comfort who comforts us in ALL our affliction. In this, I am forced to recognized that in this world, we will have affliction and struggles. I wish that were not true but thank you that your Word says you are the God of ALL comfort. I ask that you surround Nathan Elisa, and Sadie right now and offer them peace that transcends all earthly understanding. I know that you have plans for us that we simply cannot understand sometimes and right now that is hard, and makes me and others angry, hurt, and frustrated. Through my own hard times, and seeking solace from others, I know that you created these feelings in us, that you know we are angry, hurt, frustrated. You know our human frailty in such uncertain times. Draw us near to you in these times, oh Lord, so that your light, your hope can break through the darkness and saturate the lives of this family in a way only you can make possible. We ask that you help the rest of us know how to best comfort and encourage Nathan, Elisa, and Sadie, so that we are your instruments in their lives. I ask all this in your holy name, Amen.

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    1. Adding an AMEN to your prayer!

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  26. Sending prayers, good thoughts and good vibes your way. Hopefully a miracle is just around the corner. You a truly an inspirational family.

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  27. I think about the three of you often. I will be praying for you all. Much love to you from California.

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    1. Agreed--the three of you are in my thoughts. Love and light from Michigan to Elisa, Sadie, and Nathan.

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  28. Prayers coming her way from Toledo- Bless all of your hearts!!

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  29. Renie - that was beautiful. I pray that we have been given the guidance to help Elisa, Nathan and Sadie to soldier on, be strong and know that many, many people are praying for them. Joanne

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  30. Sending prayers and healing energy from MA. Keep fighting!

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  31. Stay strong, prayers coming from S.F.

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  32. Prayers and love from Vermont

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  33. Energy, prayers and love from Germany

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  34. Thinking of you all and sending many prayers from Bahrain.

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  35. Positive vibes from Seattle, too.

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  36. Prayers, positive vibes, and more to your family from Upstate NY.

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  37. Our prayers and thoughts continue with you, the whole way.
    Please tell Elisa that she is a brave and admirable woman.
    Maria

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  38. Dear Jesus, I pray for comfort, peace and healing. God you can heal. Please touch Elisa and heal her cancer.

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  39. I try to think and pray for Elisa most days and will continue to do so. Thinking of you all with love

    Carol ( UK)

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  40. Continued prayers of strength, comfort and healing. God Bless you Elisa. Happy Halloween too. What will Sadie be this year? Please post a pic when you are up to it. ♥

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  41. Thank you for your updates Nathan. More importantly, thank you sharing your story with us. Your beautiful family has taught me so much about the choice to celebrate life, the decision to cherish every day, the resolve to find hope despite adversity, and to make sure that love is ever present in your life. To find solace and expression in art and beauty. And to realize that nothing is more important than keeping your daughter surrounded by love. Your updates and messages are so touching, so filled with love and optimism. I continue to pray for your strength, healing and health, and I continue to be overwhelmed in our ability to joy in the everyday. Prayers and positive energy to the Bond family from Philadelphia.

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  42. I am so sorry that you have to endure such crappy symptoms, Elisa, but you are here, you are here! I send you prayers and Tonglen and my admiration from Canada.

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  43. Thanks for posting an update. Praying for Elisa and your family.

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  44. prayers and positive thoughts from Boston, MA - keep fighting!

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  45. Cancer is such an ugly disease. I'm so sorry you've been so affected by it. It's so unfair. I am sending love and light.

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  46. Saying a prayer for you in Princeton,NJ. I wonder if the Gerson protocol would help?
    Lots of love,
    Liz

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  47. Fellow Vanderbilt alum sending prayers from Nashville.

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  48. Prayers for all of you from Columbus.

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  49. Positive thoughts and prayers from NH~ You are all an inspiration.

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  50. Prayers and peace and healing and love from Tucson!

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  51. Praying for Elisa and the whole family.

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  52. Thank you for the update, Nathan - prayers from Prescott, AZ abound for all of you. God Bless you all.

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  53. Still praying for Elisa and your precious family . . . . much positive energy from Tennessee.

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  54. Love, resiliency and best thoughts for Elise and each of you...from Boulder.

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  55. There are no words, only LOVE.

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  56. Praying for you all...keep fighting!

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  57. Elisa: you are so strong and resilient. I have thought about you so many times when i get into a wahwah my life sucks mode. I know you never signed up to be the poster girl for strength!Positivity!Etc! but here you are and I thank you for helping me to change my attitude. I am sending positive meditations to you and to the universe at large. Stay strong. You are loved.

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  58. Thank you for the update, Nathan. Elisa is the strongest woman I know but I will continue to send all of the strength that I can! You both are an amazing team. Lots of love to you two and Sadie and all of the amazing friends and doctors that help!

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  59. You are both amazing, amazing people. Sending you much love and positive energy. Keep fighting.

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  60. thank you for the update, Nathan. holding Elisa, you, and Sadie in the highest light of love and hope.

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  61. So much love to you, Elisa! xoxo -Lori B

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  62. Best wishes and prayers coming to you from Georgia tonight.

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  63. thank you for the update. Our prayers are with your family. xoxo

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  64. I have been following your story for quite awhile now, since someone here in Boston posted about your family on a mama's list serve I belong to.

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  65. Sorry, I was cut off. Anyway, my heart goes out to you and your family, and your story has really touched me. I hope for the best outcome

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  66. Prayers and positive thoughts from northern NJ.

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  67. Keeping prayers and positive thoughts coming your way from Illinois.

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  68. Praying for you all. Sending positive thougths, strength and love.

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  69. Positive thoughts from Pittsburgh.

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  70. Like many others, I have been following your family's story for a long time but have not commented before. No words are sufficient, but just wanted to add to the chorus of love and prayers and healing thoughts, this time from San Francisco. You are such an inspiration and your daughter Sadie is so fortunate to have you as her parents. Praying for only a good outcome and that each day brings moments of joy.

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  71. Thank you for the update. I stop by everyday and I always hope no update is signs of peacefulness, while I am sad that that isn't the case, I am praying hard for all of you. Hugs from Minnesota. :)

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  72. Sending you all many prayers and good thoughts and positive energy. xo

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  73. Thoughts and prayers to you all. Take it one day at a time and find comfort in that sweet Sadie. You're a fighter - we are all rooting for you my friend.

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  74. Hey Bond Family, Ty for updating us all - all the people out here who you may never meet but who chose to support your family on this journey.. I think and pray and send love & support and wishes for strength to all four of you daily (yes, Griffin included!:) Your family is never very far from my thoughts and prayers .....sending peace, love, fortitude and lots of smiles :)
    Jennifer Layne from Tennessee....

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  75. Hi Nathan and Elisa; Your strength is inspiring. The very least I can do in return is to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings on you and your family!

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  76. Many, many prayers, and lots of love being sent to you and your family. Extra for Elise, because she needs it right now. Stay strong. You have so many people praying and thinking healthy thoughts for you!

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  77. Prayers and warm thoughts coming your way from Sacramento. May you stay strong in spirit.

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  78. Prayers of support, love and positivity sent to you from Pittsburgh.

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  79. Prayers and thoughts and love to you all. You are all three in my thoughts and heart every day, having wriggled in there through these beautiful, light, joyful moments you share with us all so generously.

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  80. Sending good thoughts your way for good days and happy family moments.

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  81. Dear Nathan, thank you so much for updating for Elise... I do pray for all of you.. (including Griffin!), your families, friends and Elise's medical team. Renie's prayer for you was beautiful.... I am going to use her words as my prayer. ---- may G-d bless all of you... I'm amazed at yours and Elise's strength. May you have peaceful days ahead. ---- karen in austin

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  82. Blessings to the Bond family. I think of you daily and will continue praying for you all.

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  83. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong.
    Much love.

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  84. Have been following the Bond family journey since almost the beginning of both of your struggles began. Your courage, Grace and Strength are awe inspiring. God bless you both and prayers for you both. God bless you...

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  85. Jennifer from Tennessee: It is a beautiful day where I am, got up and made a bonfire and raked leaves - all the while thinking of you Elise, Nathan, Sweet Sadie & Griffin too...I am hoping that the four of ya'll are enjoying one another today and finding joy in the minute details of your day...Stay strong, keep fighting and know that many are out here cheering you on and supporting you ...your family has given so many of us out here a sweet, graceful lesson in what really matters in life- thank you, thank you, thank you.....sending smiles again, sending well wishes & prayers for your continued strength..J.Layne :)

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  86. Awe Nathan you are a darling to update us and I can really appreciate that if Elisa writes her it is better she come and write at will about what she wants, not filling us in and catching us all up to date. You are so great to do this for her and us. Thank you.

    Of course I will pray for Elisa and all of you, but I will be diligent to keep her in my prayers always praying for a miracle, a miraculous healing--certainly all of you that have had cancer and those of you now fighting it deserve that! She is strong, you all are strong and a beautiful embodiment of human will, strength, and courage.

    I felt ashamed reading the post though Nathan. It brought me to tears. Here your dear wife and darling is going through hell and I am worrying about not finding a job, not having enough money, what I will cook for Thanksgiving and not having enough money for Christmas presents, AND I KNOW BETTER! Well, I am human, but it shamed me knowing that my problems are but a pin hole compared to what you and Elisa deal with on a daily basis.

    My husband is a disabled vet, but he does not have cancer, my son is Autistic, but he does not have cancer, and I am healthy - they are healthy and that is what we need to remember and thank God for. We could have all the money in the world, but if we do not have our health we really have nothing. We need our health and I am praying that you and Elisa and Sadie receive a Christmas miracle that Elisa is cancer free and for good! We know you are doing well and I just want to take the time to say we are happy for you, and we pray for you too to remain cancer free. Elisa will make it. She is a fighter, but I really hate to hear how she is suffering. I will pray, I promise I will pray.

    God bless you all!

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  87. Prayers from the Lencovich family in NJ.

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  88. Love and thinking of you all,from scotland

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  89. Team Bond--Loving you all. You've shared so much here...to know you is to love you. If I could create a family with as much love and grace as yours, I'd be forever blessed.

    p.s. F&%$ cancer.

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  90. Another stranger who sends prayers often and thinks of you all.
    Please have a look at Gersen therapy as an option if you have not already done so. Another friend before me suggested the same. You never know.

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  91. Sorry, I made a typo. It is Gerson Therapy.

    http://gerson.org/gerpress/the-gerson-therapy/

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  92. Thanks so much for updating us Nathan. Sending prayers from Omaha NE.

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  93. Nathan, thank you for updating us. I think of you and Elisa often, always hoping for the best. Elisa, you are one hell of a fighter and my inspiration. Hang in there girl! Sending lots of love, light and prayers from Toronto, Canada!

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  94. Elisa, I am a stranger but have come to know you through this journey! I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and fighting with you every step of the way!

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  95. Elisa and Nathan, I discovered your blog and have been following it. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  96. Every time I read one of your posts, it reminds me to stop complaining about the stupid things in life that don't go my way and focus on the real things. You guys are a real inspiration...many prayers coming to you from Pittsburgh, PA.

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  97. much love, thoughts, positive vibes and some purring from my cat-therapists :-)
    Stay strong
    Michela from Geneva, Switzerland

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  98. Most sincere and heartfelt prayers for healing, for comfort, for strength and for wisdom. Many loving thoughts to all who know and love Elisa and the Bond family...

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  99. You come to my mind every time I come across a problem and feel that this cannot be handled.

    Lots of Prayers, Positive energy and good wishes from India.
    Stay Strong...We shall win this !!

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  100. Sending all of you prayers and healing thoughts from Buffalo, New York.

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  101. Sending prayers, love and gratitude for showing us all true strength. Love your fellow Vandy Pi Phi! XoXo!

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  102. Will be praying for you and your family. And will light a candle for you all as well. Elisa, you are amazing, so sorry you have to endure this. Lisa

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  103. Thinking of your family and sending positive vibes from Albany, NY.

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  104. My prayers are with you and your family from Ashland, Oregon

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  105. Prayers continue from Ohio!
    The Golladay Family

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  106. I'm thinking of you, Elise, and your family and friends right now. Continued prayers for your healing and peace. Breathe. .... karen in austin.

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  107. Elise, your family is in our prayers.

    I encourage you to consider going on a ketogenic (lowcarb) diet to fight this cancer. There is has been research done in this regard, as cancer cells love sugar, and by restricting sugar (starchy carbs easily turn into sugar), the cancer cells die. Below I have a couple of links, but if you do a google search, you can find many more.

    Regardless, I wish nothing but health, happiness and love for you and your family.

    http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/december/starving-cancer-ketogenic-diet-a-key-to-recovery/

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/16/ketogenic-diet-benefits.aspx

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3157418/

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  108. From one Vandy girl to another, I wish you all the luck, grace and strength you need right now. Folks everywhere hold you in their prayers and want to read your next post about feeling yourself again.

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  109. Prayers for peace and healing to you, Elisa, from two other Vandy sweethearts in Falls Church, VA. Cast all your cares on Him.

    Rachel and Kyle

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  110. My prayers for you all, and especially Elisa will continue. I know you have the best care there is, and you have probably received lots of info about alternative treatment. I have two friends that have had cancer that are cancer-free now. Another friend of mine is in treatment, and the cancer has almost completely disappeared. They have all attended BioMed in California.

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  111. Sorry - the above comment should have said:
    Bio-Medical Center (Hoxsey Clinic)
    PO Box 433654
    San Isidro, CA 92143-3654

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  112. You guys have really had a long, tough fight....and it ain't over til it's over... and even though time for anyone of us is uncertain, i hope you find strength and courage to live each day to its max... whether it is hours, days, months or years. God bless to you Elisa, Nathan, Sadie and families ... I'm sending prayers your way.....

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  113. elisa....you and your family are in our prayers, daily.
    janet and stephen
    boynton beach, fl

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  114. Thinking of you guys constantly, and sending all of our love. What a treat is was to see you last month and share a giggle! We love you so much, and are so grateful for your friendship. Miss you so much, and wish we lived closer. Hope you guys have a fantastic time at DW! Weeeeeee! Love love love love love and more love. xoxoxoxo

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  115. When you wish upon a star....

    Thinking & praying for you all!
    karen in austin

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  116. Just wanted to let you all know I was thinking about you and sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

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  117. If it looks like you're running out of options for Elisa, I hope you consider cannabis oil. I'm not supporting the use of marijuana for recreational use, but I have seen the benefits of cannabis oil for curing or managing cancer (NOT side effects, but actual cancer cells) more and more. Anyhow, if you run out of ideas for managing Elisa's cancer, I hope you will consider cannabis oil as something to try in an effort to save Elisa's life.

    http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/testimonials.html

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  118. So glad to hear from you again...I've been checking:) And I will certainly pray-everyday:)

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  119. dear Nathan, Elisa, and Sadie,

    I have a LOT of angels, and so do you; I am marshaling them to use all their love and light to help Elisa be pain-free, and to be a presence of enduring love, consummate compassion, and strength for each of you, your families, and dear friends, all whom adore you. I hope you can FEEL their presence, and every bit of their loving guidance to help overcome this crisis and allow each of you to be encouraged and comforted.

    many gentle hugs and most positive thoughts and vibes being sent your way,

    Karen Sutherland

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  120. Dear Elisa.... Saw the post on other page.... Can't reply as I don't have an account so I'm writing here.... Praying, praying, praying for you. I hope your pain is being managed.. And I pray you'll be strong enough to be home soon with Nathan and Sadie to enjoy Christmas with them . You, your family, your friends and your medical team are always in my prayers. Karen in Austin.

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  121. Thinking of you and hoping for a miracle for your family. Best wishes from Switzerland.

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  122. Praying for you all...always.
    Karen in Texas.

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  123. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Elisa....

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  124. Merry Christmas, Elisa and Nathan :) May the delight in Sadie's eyes wash away all pain and worries for some time. :) Wishing you many such untroubled moments, I'll keep on sending more positive vibes across the atlantic.

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  125. Thinking of you all. A New Year is soon upon us.... My hopes and prayers for peace you. Karen in Austin.

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  126. Dear Elisa and Nathan,
    I read your post, Nathan, on your team bond page. I don't even know if you'll read this comment, but, I feel by writing down the words perhaps you all will feel them. What a journey you & Elisa have taken us on. There have never been two people - who I don't know except through your posts - that I respect more, have worried about more, thought about more on a daily basis and certainly prayed for more, than you and your sweet Sadie. I, too, have had friends and relatives who have had such loving care by Hospice workers. I commend you on your decision. I hope with people coming to Elisa, she will be able to build up her strength a bit more so as to enjoy Sadie and her friends and family. I hope you both can feel the love we all have for you both. You are extraordinary teachers to the rest of us on how to live & love! I will try to live my life "operating on love".... What a beautiful & really meaningful phrase. I will pray for the fight in Elisa to never give up. I will pray for peace for her. I will pray for understanding ... for us all... I will pray, I will pray, I will pray.
    Karen in Austin.
    ps... I'm racking my memory for a good joke! I'd love to be a source of a little laughter for Elisa! ----

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  127. Dear Sadie, Elisa, and Nathan,

    YOU are the light. Love for you all.

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  128. Nathan... I just read your post from this past Wednesday on your Facebook page. I send continuing prayers for you, Elisa and Sadie.... your friends, families and Elisa's caretaker from hospice. Your words are beautiful Nathan... You are Elisa are inspiring beyond anything I've ever known. May God hold you in the comfort of His hands. ~ karen from austin

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  129. Dear Elisa.... Oh how I hope you're up & able to see Jimmy Fallon & Tina Fey on the Tonight Show... So funny! In fact for laughter .. Jimmy Fallon's show is great. Laugh, dear Elisa! Praying for you. As are my children who are your age & my grandchildren who are sweet Sadie's age. Hold hands with those you love. ~ karen in austin

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  130. RIP Elisa. Our hearts are broken but we know youre in a better place. God bless you Nathan, Sadie and family. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time. <3

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  131. Dearest Elisa - Rest in Peace.

    What a wonderful woman you were, our prayers to all your family and friends. Our hearts are broken for young Sadie and of course Nathan.

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  132. RIP Elisa although we never met you have touched my heart with love. God's blessing be with your family .

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  133. I just saw the news! I'm so sorry for your loss Nate. Elisa touched so many and there are so many sending out strength to you and Sadie.
    My prayers will be with you during this tough time.

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  134. Dear Nathan, I read your post and my heart breaks for you and Sadie..... I will continue to pray for you all, your friends & families. Sadie and you have
    an incredible angel looking after you.
    -karen in austin

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  135. I'm one of the strangers who has followed the journey. I'm so deeply deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers wil be with you, Nathan, and with your beautiful daughter Sadie. May she ALWAYS know how strong and courageous her mother was. Though I have not ever met any of you, you all feel like family.

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  136. Dear Nathan and Sadie, I am so very sorry for your loss. You will forever be in my thoughts and prayers, as you have been for the last 3 years. Wishing you strength and comfort during this incredibly difficult time.

    - Emily, a Brooklyn mom

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  137. Nathan and Sadie, you don't know me but like so many others have followed your story. My prayers are for you - may Elisa rest in peace. She is without pain and will forever be an angel watching over you. God bless you

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