Friday, December 3, 2010

The Decision has been made!

After our consulation this morning with Dr. James Knister, it was very clear to all of us - and most importantly - to Mom,  that the right choice is to proceed with treatment right here in Napa.

We feel completely confident in this decision!  Dr. Knister was both compassionate and intelligent.  He was gently informative while being straightforward and forthright.  Dr. Knister gave Mom almost two full hours of his time, carefully explaining the radiation treatment process.

And so we begin our journey .......  Dr. Daniel Mirda will be the Medical Oncologist, Dr. Knister will be the Radiation Oncologist and Dr. William Ryan from UCSF will remain as the Ear, Nose and Throat physician consulting on her followup.

We expect Mom's treatment to begin before Christmas and continue for about two months.

Knowing how things work in our family, I predict she will be finished about the time the Tulip tree should be ready to bloom!!!!!

She is a true inspiration to all of us!  I will continue to update this blog with her progress and perseverance.

Thank you so much to all of you for your prayers, support and love.



  1. Hi Grandma,

    Glad to hear you have your game plan ready! I will have lots of positive thoughts. I am so glad you got to spend time with lots of family over Thanksgiving weekend. I wish the girls and I could have been there. I would have loved some of your Angel Food cake! I love you and think about you often.

    Love, Mary Frances

  2. Hi Grandma,
    Sounds like the busy week was also productive! I'm so glad you were able to make a decision already. That must be a relief to you!

    We look forward to seeing you again in a couple of weeks.
    Love, Kim

  3. Hey happy that you are moving forward so quickly! I will continue to pray for a speedy treatment with no complications, and complete recovery! Our plans to bring your new great, great grand-daughter to see you in March are still on...I am looking forward to having 5 generations together then! Love you...Terry

  4. I shared your post with Joyce and Antoinette.
    We are keeping you in our prayers as you begin treatment in the near future. Hugs, Hildie

  5. I'm a little late reading your blog - but be assured that the northern families are keeping track of your progress!
    Go get 'em !!

    With love and blessings from the WA Donohoe's
    Dennis, Kathy and the rest of the clan!