Monday, December 21, 2009

More Sobbing

Once again, tears of joy and gratitude were falling from my suddenly oft-wet face yesterday. This time, however, they were not in public.

Instead, these tears were shed in the privacy of my own room, when I took note of just how much my primary breast tumor has shrunk in only a week. It is absolutely incredible and if I could not feel it myself I would not believe it.

Mind you, there is still a pretty big tumor in there. But just seven days ago there was no evidence of pliable or healthy tissue at all. Now, there is what seems to be quite a bit of soft, healthy tissue with a distinct lump in the middle. Everything is different, and I almost cannot believe it is true.

My doctor told me I should expect to find a noticeable change in the first week; but this much I did not expect. He also said it would be a good barometer for what was going on in the liver and bones as well, so I am so very hopeful.

Perhaps one of these days I will stop blubbering (and sleeping) long enough to post on another topic, but for now thanks for bearing with me through what is sure to become known as my "cancer period". It is too easy to develop a one-track mind when something like this is going on your life. I appreciate your continued readership!

22 comments:

Sarah McCormick said...

Dear Suzanne,
I am sooooo happy and excited to hear the news. As I wipe away my tears of joy I will thank God and ask him to continue his Blessings. I love you Suzanne and you keep up your fight. Have a Very Merry Christmas.
Love Always,
Sarah McCormick

Kerry said...

wow! that's awesome and amazing.

prayers continuing....

Janet said...

Woo hoo!!!

This is exactly what happened to me (a noticeable shrinkage in the size of the tumor after the first week of treatment) and I'm alive and cancer free over ten years later!

Anonymous said...

I have chills reading this post -- such AMAZING NEWS!! You have so much love and support, and so many prayers coming your way. You will fight this! Love you!!
Renee Berenthal

karen said...

Praise God!! Hang in there...

Anonymous said...

What a difference a week makes! Day-by-day, Suzanne. Day-by-day!
Thank you for taking time to keep us all updated. I will read and support until you cut me off! :)

Anonymous said...

oops, Love Tracey (on the above)

Anonymous said...

That is great news. Truly a Christmas blessing.Love Diana and Charlotte

Bianca said...

You are an amazing woman and no need to apologize on your current thred of posts. We read these posts so we know how you are doing and weathering. I am so overjoyed that you are able to notice a change in a positive way. I will continue to keep you and your family in prayer!

Love,
Bianca :-)

jen said...

I am crying too!! That is awesome, wonderful, INCREDIBLE news!!! I wish I could give you a BIG hug right now!!!!!
ALL of my love!
Jen (Johnson)

Anonymous said...

Dear Suzanne,
Getting to talk with you in person on Sunday was such a privilege. I had trouble containing my own tears of joy for you when you were talking about the tumor starting to surrender to those cancer killing bombs going off inside your body! We are continuing to pray for you and your family.
Love, Toni & Jerry

Anonymous said...

Great news Suzanne! Everyone knows when you set your mind to it Suzanne...you can do it. Remember when YOU (mother of 4 at that time) single-handedly painted the entire exterior of your house???:) And I thought THAT was amazing!
Love, Maura

Tina said...

Here's to more tears of joy. I'll share in your tears and shed some of my own. Your northern California 4th day group met last night and sent prayers to heaven for only good news. Love you lots. Your friend, Tina

nutmeg said...

I click over here precisely to find out how you are doing! And I'm so very glad to hear the good news!

Continued prayers...

:)

nicole said...

Great! This is your blog and more importantly your life--write as much as you want about this current trial. I hope you have a peaceful Christmas.

ashley said...

I wanted to let you know that I stumbled upon a prayer card for Bishop Alvaro del Portillo in the Adoration chapel at my church last night which spurred me to pray for you at that moment. Then I came home and saw this post. Wow.
God bless.

antonia said...

Thank God!!

thank you for keeping us updated.

My Carmelite nun friend sent me a letter yesterday saying her whole convent of sisters are praying for you. as well as for Jay & the children

with love and prayers
xxx

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! That is truly incredible news. God bless you and have a very merry Christmas. - Janessa Vogenthaler

KatieGirl said...

I can't think of a better Christmas gift and can think of no one more deserving. Our unending love and support to you and your family. Merry Merry Christmas!

Annie Bizzi said...

A sigh of relief and prayers of gratitude for God is good!
Love to you-

Anonymous said...

So happy to hear this great news..keep up the fight and the positive energy. God has great things in store...be patient while he works through you...I am humbled by his diligence. Peace to you..and He will hold you up during your times of trial..Know this to be truth.
Keep the faith....you are not traveling alone.

Dawn Farias said...

Oh my goodness! How fabulous. I know what it is to see near miraculous results within a week. We saw something similar a few years ago when my sons seizures became controlled through diet.

Great news!