Thursday, June 26, 2008


June 26, 2008

I had understood Erin's doctor to say, when we started irinotecan/temador five and a half weeks ago, that she expected the drug combo to chip away at Erin's tumor. When she and I looked at the images of today's CT scan compared with the last one in clinic this afternoon, we both thought chipping was not exactly the right word. To our combined four eyes, Erin's tumor looked considerably smaller than it did last month. We will have to wait for the official pronouncement, but Dr. Russell was smiling quite a lot. In fact, she seemed disappointed that I wasn't smiling more. I told her that there was such a change in the pre-Rhino/post-Rhino Erin that I think I already knew that the scan would look good, had incorporated that information into my thinking, and had already moved on to "what's next?"

I'll post when I know the official dimensions, but until then. . .significantly smaller sound more accurate than chipped.

That information clears the deck for three more rounds of the Rhino with scans right at the start of school and the okay to vacation with inpugnity. With the last day of my summer class scheduled for tomorrow and Erin's 11th birthday party launching on Saturday, I say, "I thought summer would never arrive. Let the fun begin."


  1. That is wonderfully exciting and fantastic news! Go ERIN.....your doc is kicking butt on relapsed NB this week!

    Great stuff and truly so happy to read this

  2. Thank God!!! I am so happy I am crying!!! All my love to the Buengers, especially Erin!!

    Jennifer Steen

  3. Congrats on the fantastic news!! I am so happy for you guys. Let the summer fun commence!!!


  4. Wohoo! Go Erin Go! Love to read that news. Get going on summer.

    Margot & the Hutchisons

  5. Couldn't have asked for better news!!
    - The Mikulaks

  6. Hallelujah...Hallelujah....HA LLE LU JAH and HUGE Hugs to all!

  7. I have been following Erin for about a year now. I heard of you from Laura was a nb patient at my school. I have been away for a while and haven't read your updates (which are fantastic by the way) and I just heard of Erin's birthday today. i would love to send her a card, but I don't know where to send it. My email is Or you could include your address in a journal entry. Thanks so much!

  8. Great news. Erin is in my thoughts and prayers. Happy summer!!

  9. Chip, chip, hooray! :-)

    Becky Smith

  10. Yay -
    I was so happy to hear the news!

    Erin was so cute.

    thanks for the tat's - everyone has been admiring them:)


  11. Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful News!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you guys Have a Fab Birthday and the rest of the summer!!!!! Way to go Erin, Dr Russell and Vickie!!! WE will se yall in Chicago

    Tracy Ash