The MRI yesterday showed that the tumor was likely completely removed. It's nearly impossible for them to tell for sure, but the doctor is confident it's all gone. This was wonderful news. There a couple of spots that they will keep an eye on, but nothing that is overly concerning. They also found NO cancer cells in her spinal fluid, meaning it hasn't spread there! Also amazing news! These 2 pieces of information paired with the new pathology results they got on Thursday, have led the doctor to classify Avery at an intermediate risk level. Now, this doesn't sound all that great, but considering her age, this is great news. It's nearly impossible for a kiddo Avery's age to be classified as anything but "high risk" with the kind of cancer that she has. The fact that he has put her in the intermediate risk group means that he knows what we've known all along, Avery is going to fight and beat this.
They admitted Avery last night and started her on fluids. Today she will start chemo. This first chemo drug will be administered constantly over a 24 hour period. She will spend the next 3 days after today getting "helper drugs." These will help Avery recover from chemo. They will then discharge her and they'll have a couple of days to "relax" at the Target house. There are appointments and labs every day, so it's not really relaxing, but at least they are able to have some normal family time outside of the hospital. She will be readmitted on Friday for her 2nd round of chemo.
Now that they are at the Target House, there is a mailing address. We've decided for the safety of the family, we aren't going to post their address here. If you would like to send them something, please just send me an email and I'll be happy to share it with you. Unfortunately, in this day and age, you just can't be too safe.