The struggle is nearing an end! When we started all this cancer stuff back last August, we knew we had a fight on our hands. Melinda made it through 6 cycles (3 consecutive days every 3 weeks) of chemo, ending in mid-December. Then she started 2-a-day radiation to her chest for 36 treatments (!) in January plus another chemo round to make those cancer cells more susceptible to radiation. Some of the side effects (esophageal burns, low blood counts) threw her into the hospital for a couple stays, but she has come through this step 2 as strong than ever. All that remains are 10 more once-daily treatments of full-brain radiation in case any cancer cells made it into her brain. That starts 17 March after a week off, so by the end of the month, we're hoping to be all through the treatments the oncology experts deemed to throw at her!