Today Mike and I received some wonderful, encouraging news! The results of my PET scan are in and the very large mass in my chest is now half its size! A smaller mass that is connected to the larger one has also shrunk to a much smaller size, and a tiny mass that was on my diaphragm is gone! Needless to say, Mike and I are so happy to hear that the chemo is working! Knowing this makes it so much easier to face the next cycle that I begin on Tuesday.
My doctor still expects that I will need 4 or 6 more rounds of chemo (and said that the tumor probably won’t shrink quite as much every two months but that that’s expected and okay), but is very pleased and said that my progress is exactly what she’d like it to be. Also, since my blood counts are good, she will be able to once again up the dosage of the chemo drugs I get for my next cycle. While this means that the side effects will probably be greater, and there is a good chance I will again become neutropenic, it also means that there is a greater chance that the cancer will be killed! As this week has been an emotional roller coaster, this news comes at a wonderful time. All I can do is praise God for placing me in wonderful hands and for His unending, unfailing love.
I am so incredibly thankful for everyone’s prayers and positive thoughts. I can’t tell you what your support means to me. Please continue to pray and know that I pray for all of you as well.
Yesterday I received an amazing surprise that absolutely made my day, and I’d like to share it with all of you. I’ve never experienced anything quite like a singing telegram. To share in the awesomeness, click the link below! And a special thank you to Emma and James for bringing a huge smile to my face on an especially dark day-you guys are the best!