With Silver Bells and Cockle Shells and pretty flowers all in a row.
Healthy plants, rich soil, and a lot of love have made one beautiful garden. I received my scan results today and I’m happy to say we have a bountiful harvest to celebrate. Over the last 6 months I have worked tirelessly to create a strong, healthy bed of beautiful plants to enjoy. The treatment I received, my strong will to survive, along with prayers and passion for a cure have created a beautiful bouquet that we can really enjoy. Now don’t be mislead… I am not cured. There is still disease in my lungs, but the results of my last scan confirm that we have stabilized the cancer!!!! As I have in the past, I will explain my results in gardening terms as I find that is a great way to visualize my progress and reason for celebration.
In gardening terms, we have not rid the flower bed of the weeds, but we have stopped them from growing and incorporated them into the landscape. Studies have shown that the complete disappearance of the weeds vs. stopping the growth of the weeds and preventing new ones from growing is the same. So this is cause for celebration. The results of my scan have also changed the gardening approach. I am officially off the ever so toxic Weed-be-Gone. Instead of 12 treatments we are stopping at 10. The typical length for this chemo is 8 – 12 treatments. Due to the nerve damage it causes, stopping now is a great move.
I will continue with chemo every two weeks, but gone are the days of the more difficult side effect. Yippeee…no more sensitivity to cold, numb fingers hip pain, or hair loss. I can’t promise I will get my memory back, but that’s overrated anyway. Oh, and did I mention, I will be able to run every week…I’m so excited I could pop. Watch out Savannah Half Marathon… here I come! My next scan will take place in about eight weeks. At that time we will see if my new course of treatment has kept the lung nodules stable…if so we will continue with this course of treatment for the foreseeable future. This is one of many hurdles, but each one should be celebrated with energy and enthusiasm…I think you all know me well enough to know I never pass up an opportunity to celebrate.
Thank you to everyone for your positive energy, inspiration, and prayers. I am one lucky lady and I am so very grateful every day. This garden is in full bloom…so don’t forget to take time to smell the roses!!!!
Thanks for keeping me smiling,