Thoughts on Being Radioactive

My PET scan is done and was uneventful.  🙂

Here was my view as I was being injected with the radioactive isotope that will light up on the scan if there are any clusters of cancer cells.  (more…)

Looking into the Future

Tom and I met with the oncologist today.  I have been really anxious about this appointment – not sure why since it was just a checkup.  I’m glad it’s over. 🙂

So looking into the future…

The pill I thought I was going to take for 10 years, I will be taking the rest of my life because the cancer has already spread once.  He said we could talk about it again in 10 years, but wasn’t in favor of stopping it.


Happy Cancerversary (and Birthday) to Me!

How lucky am I?

2 celebrations this weekend.  My birthday is Saturday the 3rd and my 1 year Cancerversary is Sunday the 4th.  (Another new word for you…cancerversary.  You’re welcome.)

It’s really more like 1 celebration and 1 date that brings memories flooding to my mind.

Like most families, we have some back to school traditions and with each one this year, came the thought, “I had no idea this time last year that I would be fighting cancer the ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR AND SUMMER!.”


The End of Active Treatment

I’ve reached the end of active treatment…what a long 11 months it’s been.

I have been tried and tested in ways I never even imagined.  God has been with me each step of the way and I’m so thankful to be on this side of treatment, feeling as good as I do.

Tomorrow, for the first time in 8 weeks, I won’t have to drive up to Valley Medical  for radiation.  Yay!!

My last day of radiation on Friday was bittersweet.  I was so happy to be done AND with only minor skin irritations, but was sad to say goodbye to so many wonderful people I have met during my time there.  (I’ll see them again in a month when I go back for my last checkup though.)


The Amazing People You Meet

I’ve said before that it’s sometimes difficult to get up in the morning and go to my “job”.  I haven’t had a job with set hours in 11 years, so this having to be out of the house each morning thing has taken some getting used to.

While I was really dreading it at first since I was worried it would rob me of my summer, like chemo and surgery robbed me of the school year, it’s actually been a really nice summer so far.

I LOVE routine!  Our home operates much better when we have a routine going.  Radiation has forced us to be on a routine Monday – Friday and has made the summer go much smoother (at least so far).  The weather has been HORRIBLE, but the girls love going to someone’s house to play every morning and many afternoons we have fun plans as well.