For those who are following the cancer issues –
PET scan and the CT scan didn’t show several of the smaller tumors visible on the original CT scan. Both scans show that the large tumor in my lung and the one on the right adrenal gland have reduced by half!!! Both also show a new small tumor in the right middle lobe although the radiologists who read them don’t seem to quite agree on exactly where the tumor is located. Nothing new showed up and everything appears to be stable at this time.
This is skeletal…there are spots in my ribs, the spine, pelvic bones, shoulders, etc…there is no cure. BUT ~~ the cancer markers (something to do with the thyroglobulan levels) were 30,000+ when I entered chemo treatment. Now they are at 895! The lower the number, the less active the cancer and the more effective the chemo treatment. The oncologist has ruled out Zometa for right now due to other issues, but says there is another drug that will work as well…if insurance will approve it.
I feel great. There is some hip pain and the occassional arm twinge. Pain pills help IF I need them. I’m able to work fulltime, cook meals, and am getting around relatively well without my cane. My energy level still leaves a lot to be desired, but I can do quite a bit in a short energy burst.
Fortunately, sweet Ernie is always close by to help with whatever needs to be done. He keeps me ontrack and keeps me smiling.
Please keep us in your prayers. Those scans are physical proof of the power of prayer! I have been so blessed….a year ago, they told me I’d probably be gone. I’m still kickin and all the praise and glory goes to God.
Susan ~ Patchkat