Wednesday, December 05, 2012


It's a good thing, really!

Yes, of course I wanted to see a perfectly clean brain with no spots at all.  Yet, my biggest fear was that there would be half a dozen or more new spots growing or that the one that was recently treated was still growing unfettered.  The news I got is in the middle of these two extremes and I'll take it gratefully.

I am showing three metastatic spots, all previously seen, one recently treated that has not grown or changed and the other two too small to need any attention at this point.  My brain radiologist was happy with what he saw and says he will see me again after my next scan in early February.  I have at very least two more peaceful months, so what is not to be happy about?  As they say on the breast cancer boards, I get to have a dance with the stable boy!

I am adjusting to my new medication regime which is, overall, much better.  Every other week I take Xeloda and feel sick and tired for that week.  During the "off" week I am feeling better than I have literally in years, because my doctor reduced my dose of Tykerb (daily oral) to accomodate the side effects that come with the Xeloda.  I had no idea how much of my general malaise was due to the dose of Tykerb I was taking until it was reduced.  I am also finally off my two daily injections of Lovinox, so I am taking less medicine overall and feeling nearly normal during my off week.  I had forgotten, truly, what it feels like to feel good for days at a time.

As usual, God has blessed me richly, and I am reminded that no news really is good news.  Thanks for all your prayers!


Kerry said...

This is really really good news. :)

Anonymous said...

Praise to our loving,caring God who clearly answers prayers!!

Barb said...

That is good news...I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

So glad that you are feeling better, this is wonderful news!

XO much much love!- Jen (Johnson)

anna lisa said...

Ah, yes "no news is good news" Ricardo loves that saying, as well as "bad news spreads fast"...Which is another reason why at 9.5 weeks pregnant, I refuse to go in to get an ultrasound. The ostrich approach is working fine for the time being for this high risk Mom, not to mention high risk baby...
There's a little stretch of the 101, that we always pray for you Suzanne, as we're flying down the freeway toward Our Lady of Sorrows Church, at about 6:54 am. We're just not going to let up sister! You're like a groove in our souls.

Allaire said...

Many blessings (and dancing with the stable boy....:)
More prayers.