Great News from Tricia Casa Santa to our Prayer Warriors

The tumor has shrunk 30% which is categorized as a good response from the medication. All lab results are normal. The CT scan was done 2.5 months after beginning the medication to ensure that my tumor was not one of the minority cases in which the tumor does not shrink. I have now graduated to appointments for lab work and meetings with the medical oncologist every 6 weeks to ensure that I continue to tolerate the imatanib mesylate well. The next appointment is Tuesday, 26/Jul at 2:00 for lab and 3:00 for Dr. Keedy. The next scan will be in 6 months, early-to-mid December. What a blessing! I am so blessed to have such faithful prayer warriors!

Great program last night by Brenda Dew of Retrieving Independence

Brenda shared with us the amazing things that prison inmates are able to do in training dogs to assist persons with disabilities. To name a few, the dogs can retrieve things from the refrigerator, put mail in the mail box and raise the flag, flush the toilet, run hot and cold water, push buttons, warn a person with diabeties if their blood sugar is low, not to mention changing the lives of the inmates themselves. We got to meet Charlie, her golden retriever who is trained to assist persons with diabeties. Retrieving Independence provides trained service dogs for about $15,000 to $20,000 each, which is a significantly lower price than currently available by most sources. Their goal is to

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