"Dear Friends of Lisa,
We now have a wonderful new word in our vocabulary: REMISSION, which means that there is no evidence of leukemia in Lisa's body.
Lisa has continued on the road to recovery this past week. She has spent some time getting used to the idea that she doesn't remember much of her time in ICU, but she is focussing her energy on increasing her strength and she realizes this may take some time. She is being kept busy with physical and occupational therapy. She has also gotten her appetite back after so long without real food. She has enjoyed part of a sauerkraut dog and a couple of onion rings from Happy Hound, pizza from Round Table, bagel and cream cheese from Noah's, and a jumbo Jamba Juice that her Dad brings her every day. Actually the food in the hospital isn't too bad either, and she has eaten beef stew, oatmeal, spaghetti, all ordered from a large menu.
Her brother John and his wife Liz from Maryland visited for a couple of days last weekend. Lisa laughed and laughed, which was the very best therapy for her.
We have some idea now of her future treatment for the leukemia. When her doctors agree that the pneumonia has been cleared up, Lisa will begin the maintenance regimen of chemotherapy to her body. We understand this will be twice a day for three days in one week, and then three weeks to recover. There will be three sets of this regimen. The chemo regimen to the cerebral spinal fluid will continue. It is also possible that she will undergo a bone marrow transplant at Stanford, but this has not yet been determined.
Lisa speaking here: As always I LOVE you all and wish I could see you but really, it's not time for visitors yet. I will let you all know as I feel better and have the time/energy to socialize but for now we all have Facebook and e-mail which is lovely. I love you all. Thank you for your support and love towards my family and myself during this time. Robin Roberts said of her journey with cancer that she drew strength from the people around her and I know that to be true in my experience. I've been able to draw strength from my parents and from all of your love. THANK YOU! In due time I will be able to give you all hugs and thank you in person.
All three of us remain very grateful for your prayers and support. Thank you!
Lisa, Norma and Owen"