First of all, thanks soooooo very much for the wonderful comments you've all left for us in these last couple of weeks. They really do mean a lot! It's been a highlight each day to log on and see whose stopped by to say hi.
So... the update. A lot has been going on these last couple of weeks in terms of making some decisions. Initially we were kind of thrown into a plan of action that we weren't 100% comfortable with. This was mainly due to the fact that the doctor's we've been working with were asking that we leave whatever this new found growth is inside of me for the next few months to see if a treatment called IL2 will work on it rather than removing it surgically first and then having treatment to clear up any remnant cells. The idea of not having surgery and just hoping that this thing won't spread while doing a treatment with a success rate of about 8% just isn't something my gut is comfortable with. Every bone inside of me says get it out, get it out now.
We decided to start looking for other opinions and options. We started with doctor's we knew back in Miami and after a long chain of events were able to locate the doctor who seems to be the melanoma guru of the moment at a cancer center in Tampa. Of course getting medical records and scans to him while a tropical storm decided to just sit on top of Florida for a week has delayed things, but we have been assured by everyone we've spoken to that time is not a real factor in my case, making the right choice is what matters. So.... we've waited and will be finally flying to Tampa tomorrow to meet with a new team of doctor's. We'll be back home Thursday and any follow up care I need I should be able to get locally in Boston. That means that if and when I have surgery, I can actually recover in my own bed.
Of course this has taken a lot longer than we'd hoped. (We tend to be people who just want to get things done NOW!) Because of this, we are going to wait until the end of this week to reopen the print shop. It's just so that we know 100% what the next few weeks will hold and I won't be making proofs in between doctor's appointments. It's less stress for everyone involved. We have virtually cleared our print calender, so once we are able to start taking new print orders they will be shipped pretty quickly.
Thanks again for all of your love and support! We'll update the blog again soon.
P.S. The new DIY invite kit section of the site will be launched very soon... Here's a little preview