Josie is doing so well, and so is her family. Alissa sent me some information to post today, so here it is in her own words.
"Jo is doing awesome and feeling great! Last MRI was a good one! Although not smaller in size, the doctor is happy that no additional blood supply has formed which would result in tumor growth.
Had meeting with another doctor about some adjunct therapies. We are starting some dietary and nutritional protocols to compliment her cancer care. A very tough thing for a young picky eater with no appetite....but we are going to do our best. The Vitamix is ready to make smoothies with lots of super foods hidden in them. I learned about recipes that taste like a peppermint patties and peanut butter cups.....our sweet tooth Jo will be the true test to that:)
It's been one amazing summer! And not over yet. One more beach trip over the holiday and then back to MCDS. Sam and Jo are excited to go back to school and to have their buddy Josh join them.
Josie has been busy working on yoga moves and wanting to learn cartwheels. She is so excited to be taking a tumble class with Sam in the fall. She is constantly talking about her birthday (November 7th) and wants to start planning her party!
She will continue getting chemotherapy every other week and an MRI every 8 weeks.
Josie Madelyn Grove. So brave. So strong."
Thanks for sharing this news Alissa. And just an update on this blog from me. When I first started writing the blog, I thought that Jo's condition would be changing rapidly and I was posting frequently. Fortunately, she is fighting this tumor off, and many weeks since she has started treatment, there hasn't been much news to report. That's a good thing!
However, I want the blog to remain a place where people can go to stay "in the loop." I'm going to write/post something about every two weeks. It may just be a picture or a small note, but something will be there so keep checking! If anything changes unexpectedly, of course I will update and pass on any developments so that everyone can feel connected to Jo, Matt, Alissa, and the crew. For now, keep praying, remain faithful, and love deeply. Think about this family and this beautiful young lady and live for the beauty that is in front of you each and every moment.
Talk to you in two weeks...Happy Labor Day!