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Down Again, the Tumor, that is

Posted Sep 07 2008 7:56pm
This will be a short post as I'm experiencing symptoms, fatigue, etc., but I had to post the good news. Just got back from Vanderbilt and my tumor has once again shrunk. This week it went from 10.2 to 5.0. This is amazing.

The blood nurses told me that my progress has been nothing short of amazing and that this means the tumor is very, very, very small now. They predict it will be at zero by next Wednesday, which is also the last day of this part of treatment! THAT I can get excited about!

Next Wednesday I will be unhooked from chemo and I will have taken my last radiation treatment, hopefully forever. The effects of radiation will continue for 2-3 weeks, but it could disappear pretty quickly. But, at least I can take a real daily shower. Heaven.

For those who are gathering cancer treatment information from this blog, I have fatigue, soreness in my hands and feet which makes it hard to walk comfortably, joint stiffness, fatigue, trouble eating as it is very painful, and fatigue. I mentioned fatigue 3 times on purpose.

I will return to work either next Thursday or the following Monday. It will depend entirely upon the symptoms. Let's hear it for Thursday.

Again, I appreciate everyone's patience with me not posting much right now as I try to recover and maintain ... all at the same time. I'm almost there, and I'm giving into the opportunity to rest.

I should mention that all of the beautiful nature photos I use at this blog are courtesy of my ex-husband, Bryan. He is a gifted photographer and sends them to me frequently. These last few are from his latest vacation. He also sent me a beautiful framed photo he took of a cardinal. New life, remember? Wonderful, thank you.

The photograph I used above reminds of the visualization I use to get rid of this cancer ... I see it flowing away in a mighty stream. Perfect.

This photo, below, says to me "the promise of next week's results." I believe. Beautiful.


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