In fact I'm really Good!
My liver and kidneys really handled the Chemo perfectly! That was a real concern, but not now. I have good color and my hair is growing back. I look good and feel Great!
When I started Chemo back in May, the blood test said that someplace between 40-50% of my body was cancerous. I'm now at somewhere between 10-15%! That was HUGE!
That cancer count really came down! I'm healthy, I'm strong and I'm ready to take that percentage down even farther. The doctor can harvest my stem cells now, but he wants to see if we can bring that number down even more. So we are going to do another round of Chemo to see if we can't get that number below 5%. At under 5% I can be in remission - where I really want to be. At 5% the doctor can harvest my stem cells and they can be returned to me later, if I need them back. That is the goal. Get me into remission, keep me there for as long as possible and if I need them, have a stem cells transplant with my own stem cells - which would mean no anti-rejections drugs needed since it's my own stem cells back inside of me. This time, chemo will be between 4-6 weeks! After 16 weeks of chemo, I can do 4-6 weeks more.
Back home we got the news from the Upper GI biopsy - No Cancer. The irritation in the esophagus is from stress, diet, or medication! Not cancer! I am on cloud 9!
We thank all of you for your prayers, concern, love and emails/comments about our health. Hubby is my rock and I am so thankful for all the prayers for him. I need him. I love him. We are one.
Not sure when we will start the new chemo. It's a drug that is a bit hard to get so we are waiting for it to come in. The transplant doctor says it can take up to 14 days for the drug to come in. In the mean time, more testing, and some more NORMAL life for us.
So, normal life is so perfect for me. Breakfast with my man, play in the yard, food shopping, laundry, and of course blogging. It just feels so good to have a normal life. A normal weekend. A normal week.
I have more tests to run, but mostly for small issues so that is fine. Then we start again, chemo, to kill more cancer in my body. Life continues and I am still singing our fight song.
The Battle Belongs to the Lord
Whoo Hoo! Praying your next round is quick with mild side effects. Remission here you come! Rejoicing with you, my friend. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Wendi. Hubby and I spent the weekend smiling. Good news felt good.Delete
Wonderful...praying for continued success and renewed health. Amazing how you can enjoy even the simple pleasures as a cup of coffee and rejoice like you were given a million dollars.Delete
Lynn Marie, I'm so happy to hear your news! I'll be praying for you during your next round of chemo, that you'll reach that 5% goal. Take care.ReplyDelete
Thank you Kathy. It sure did feel good to get some good news for once. The magic number of 5% is a good goal. I wonder if I can get to 3%! :)Delete
Excellent news. Prayers will continue. Please keep us updated!ReplyDelete
Terri, You know the importance of good news! I will keep everyone updated as we move forwarded.Delete
This is all such wonderful news. God is good and I'm so happy to hear the excellent progress you have made. Praying for remission....((HUGS))ReplyDelete
Debby, God is good no matter the news, but I was so happy that He let the news be positive. Thanks for the prayers.Delete
Praise God! Praying that He will continue to direct your paths, to sustain and comfort you.ReplyDelete
That is wonderful news!! Thanking God for such great test results and it seems like your doctor has a great strategy on how to fight this. So true that the battle belongs to the Lord; we just need to let him fight them for us!ReplyDelete
Wowee-e-e-e wow, wow, wow! I just saw you posted yesterday and was thrilled with THAT news. Your post of today was even happier!ReplyDelete
As one of your legions of fans and friends who love you, reading your posts of yesterday and today is truly JOYFUL! So much so, that I keep rereading them - no such thing as too much good news!
You and Gerry have been so strong, brave, and faithful in your determination to beat this bleeping cancer. I am so happy to see that my prediction that cancer doesn't have a prayer up against all the prayers, good vibes, and love being sent your way is coming true - whoo hoo!
Clearly, you still have much to do in this lifetime before God calls you home. And as your friend who respects, admires, and loves both you and that prince you married, Gerry, I am truly grateful.
HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY! I love you, dear friend.
So glad you've gotten some good news. Enjoy these days of normal life : )ReplyDelete
I knew God would answer all the prayers sent up on your behalf! So happy for you! I pray that your next round of chemo will go smoothly, then you can start a brand new chapter!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, so great to read this news. I'm so happy for you!! :)ReplyDelete