Oh, so grateful!
A good day. A good, good day.
I’m on a high after a weekend away with Brad in Asheville, NC. (I highly recommend Asheville if you into antiques, history, the outdoors and art.) A bonus for me is that it was well-timed as it was my “good” weekend — the end of the week that follows my break from chemo. And, I love my husband.
Today was PET scan day, so it was an abrupt return to my normal. All things went smoothly with the scan. The report was fresh off the presses when Brad and I walked into Dr. Wonderful’s office. He skim-read the report in front of us: “Decreasing tumor count, decreasing tumor sizes, less metabolic activity, and no new spots.”
All the good things, people. All the good things.
I fist-pumped halfway through as Dr. Wonderful was reading, and Brad and I high-fived at the end. This is great news. In case you don’t know cancer-speak, here’s a general picture of what I could have heard today:
-Riddled with cancer
-Progression – increase in tumor count / larger tumors / advancing cancer
-Stable – holding steady
-Regression – decrease in tumor count / shrinking tumors / smaller cancer
-NED/NEAD – No evidence of (active) disease
Regression is wonderful; this means I get more time — a most wonderful gift.
I’ll be staying on my current chemo regimen because it’s working. So, as I am navigating the symptoms and challenges this chemotherapy brings, I’ll be doing it with a bounce in my heart. I am grateful it’s working, and I’m up for the gritty challenge of enduring it. It’s a relief to go home tonight knowing that I have less cancer in my body than I did three months ago. Oh, so grateful! I am praising the Lord for this wonderful news and praying that my body will thrive through this season.