Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Trudi's Obituary & Memorial Service

Trudi's obituary can be viewed at . Click on obituaries, and then find Trudi Aston in the list of names. There is also a guestbook available on the Post Star's website. Please feel free to leave a message.

We have decided to hold a memorial service, to celebrate Trudi's life, at The Community Church of Conklingville on April 28th at 2pm. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome. For directions please visit the church's website at

Monday, April 16, 2007

Trudi's gone

I am sorry to have to inform everyone that this morning (4/16/07) Trudi was called home to be with Jesus. I thank God that she went peacefully in her sleep. We are planning a memorial service to honor her life. It is tentatively scheduled for 4/28/07. I will post more information when I have it.


Saturday, April 7, 2007

April 7 Update on Trudi's condition

As of Saturday morning (4/7/07) there has been no major change in Trudi’s condition. She has been getting weaker day by day. She is sleeping most of the time now, but at least we have been fairly successful in controlling the awful pain she had been in.

She has family with her 24 / 7 at the hospital. We are thankful for the nurses on the oncology floor. They are a dedicated, special group who go way above and beyond the call of duty to make all of their patients (and families) feel comfortable and at home. It is obvious that this is more than a job to them. They genuinely care!

We also want to thank our real life friends and extended family for all the help and support, as well as all the prayers. We are humbled by everything that you have been doing to help us!

And thank you to Trudi’s cyber-family as well. I know that she thinks of all of you as friends. I rarely post, since Trudi has always been the writer, but I read the messages on the Stop NHL message board, the Memory Book Inspirations forums, and Trudi’s lung cancer blog every chance that I get. It brings tears to my eyes to read all your messages and to see how many people’s lives Trudi has touched all over the world. Thank you all for your prayers and support!

I hope you all have a happy Easter. Please keep praying and/or sending your good thoughts. I am still praying for a miracle for Trudi. It is never too late for God!

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Update on Trudi's condition

I have very bad news concerning Trudi’s condition but I want to let you all know what is going on as factually as possible.

Last Friday evening (3/23) Trudi’s abdominal pain worsened to the point where we could no longer control it with the meds we had at home. I brought her to the ER and she was readmitted to the hospital.

CT scans of her abdomen show that the cancer has spread drastically in the last month. It has now become much larger in both adrenal glands and the lymph node involvement has increased by at least 50%. There are new tumors in her liver, spleen, right abdominal wall, the space around her right kidney, the left omentum, and the gastric mesentery. There has also been direct tumor growth into her inferior vena cava.

The doctors have ruled out any additional chemo as being useful. This is hard for me to even write, but the medical prognosis is that Trudi has only a matter of days. She is currently on very strong pain and anti-anxiety medications. We are doing our best to make sure that she is comfortable, both physically and emotionally.

Trudi has her family and friends around her and I know that she can feel the love of her cyber friends as well. For those of you who pray, now would be a good time to ask for a miracle. For those of you that don’t pray, all your good thoughts are appreciated. I will do my best to post updates when I can, but obviously being here for Trudi comes as my first priority.

Bruce (Trudi's husband)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Friday March 16, 2007

About Bruce
Bruce had an appointment with his onc today and we got the results from his CT/PET scan.
~ the tumors are still there in his left shoulder
~ the tumors have grown some more
~they want to keep an eye on the tumors
~CT scans will be repeated in 3 months

About me
~I've had nausea, vomiting and a lot of pain all week. Although these things could be caused by a number of things (like cancer, chemo side-effects, etc), there's a good possibility that they're being caused by rapid break-down of the tumors.

Bad News

~ It looks like I may have reached my maximum prescription coverage for the year! Any more prescriptions will have to be paid out of pocket.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Friday, March 9, 2007

Bruce had a PET/CT scan done today. We should get the results from those when Bruce sees our onc. next Friday.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

I had blood work done today, an appointment with my onc and the first treatment of the new chemo I've started. Yesterday (Wed. morning), I started using the new pain patch, which I think is responsible for some of the new sleepiness and foggi-braininess I'm experiencing, and is also responsible for some new word-making-up I'm doing! LOL

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Tuesday, 3/06/07

Remember when I'd complain about only getting 2-3 hours sleep per 24 hour period? Well, now I'm complaining because I'm only AWAKE about 3 hours out of every 24! Please be praying that the new chemo (which I'll be starting on Thursday) will work and, as a result, I'll be able to start cutting back on the narcotics I'm taking for pain.

Please be praying for Bruce too. He's scheduled to have a carotid artery ultrasound done tomorrow and he'll also be having blood work done.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Saturday, 3/03/07

God is still providing for us and, despite the pain I've had this past week, He's been reassuring me that I'm not alone.

Yesterday, we had a snow storm with a heavy, wet snow, which was topped with ice. Sam plowed our drive-way with his truck and then Eric finished it off with his ATV. I'm not quite sure how she managed to do it, but Brittany shoveled our walk.

Yesterday, we received another bill for $140 from the hospital, for another co-pay. Today, we unexpectedly received $150.

This evening, Ron and Sheri, provided us with pizza for supper.

Every day there are easily hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of people praying for me. Many of these prayer warriors are people I don't even know.

Thank You God!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Wednesday, 2/28/07

I had an appointment at the hospital this morning anyway, so they gave me my B-12 shot today instead of making me go back again on Thursday. I also had an appointment with the radiation onc today and I got the results of my brain MRI. Although it still shows signs of cancer, the doctor was pleased with how much smaller the area is so, unless I develop severe headaches, dizziness or something, I don't have to go see him again.

The radiation onc. is also tapering me off of the Decadron and onto Prednisone instead.

Thank you to all the cheerleaders on the Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Support board. The thought of all of you in cheerleader costumes is making me smile! :)