Scans came in today, and they are completely clear of progressing cancer!
The new spots in the right breast are seen but not metabolic, which indicates they are benign. The T9 vertebrae is healed as a result of the stereotactic radiation (which I am thrilled about but did not expect since it still hurts quite a bit). The rib lesion is still mildly active but much reduced in intensity from the last scan 5 weeks ago.
My liver is clear. Totally clear of anything abnormal at all. This is the most calming news of all, as the strange abdominal pressure and appetite changes I have been experiencing continue. But since two scans now have shown nothing unusual, I am ready to peacefully accept these symptoms are due to something else and are nothing to worry about. I really needed that peace of mind and am grateful to my doctor for ordering this extra scan for me so I could receive this great gift.
What a roller coaster of stress and emotion and worry this has all been these past few months. I am so, so happy for this reprieve and fully intend to enjoy these nine weeks until my next regularly scheduled scans (when I am sure to begin to worry all over again...because I am all too human).
Thanks for all your support and prayers during these past few months as I have dealt with my first real bump in the road since initial diagnosis. I am sure it will not be the last, but in the meantime I am going to appreciate every moment of this period of, as the radiologist so beautifully reported it, "decreasing disease".