I'm writing fast and am tired. And I am no scientist, so you are getting the high level, bullet point version here. Excuse the typos.
So, today was a gauntlet (with apologies to medievalists who actually know what that means) for Jeff. He was heroic. Amazing. He underwent the alphabet soup of tests. It was intense. I may miss some but he had a PET scan, a bone marrow biopsy, EKGs, x-rays, an MRI, etc. And... we are still waiting for definitive results.
That said, it now seems quite certain that Jeff has a variety of B-cell leukemia or lymphoma. Specifics still to be determined after some tests pathologists will run with lasers (insert Dr. Evil voice here). We don't know any details about treatment other than that it will include chemo, it will be tough and last months, and it will start ASAP.
We will share more as soon as we know. Please keep Jeff in your continued prayers and thoughts.
I also can't remember if I mentioned that we (as in me and the girls) have been ably and wonderfully supported by Emily and Robin the past couple days. I'm going to send out many calls for help, to be sure, but we are doing okay at the moment.
A lot of you may also be wondering about Stella and how she's taking things. Overall, I think she's coping remarkably well. It's been a doozy of a year and a hell of a week for her. I got to talk with an awesome child-life specialist from UCSF today and he had some excellent advice. We are trying to follow her lead in what to communicate to her (i.e., not saying, "well honey, there are blood cells and those cells are sick blah blah blah"), to speak to her in child-appropriate language, and to maintain as much of a sense of normalcy and routine as possible. If anyone has questions about how to interact with Stelly - please feel free to contact me directly.
Love to you all, sorry this grew so long.
PS - Random alert: no flowers allowed on Jeff's new floor at UCSF.