Monday, August 2, 2010

Today I Learned...

--that last week's PET scan was clear.
--that "clear" doesn't necessarily mean "cancer-free."
--that I will have to do maintenance chemotherapy for six months.
--that maintenance chemo is designed to be a cancer preventative and buy me some time.
--that without the maintenance chemo, I could expect the cancer to return in less than a year.
--that there is a blood test I can do that can determine my sweet sister's genetic predisposition to my disease.
--that it is definitely not OK to take 12 Tylenol in one day.
--that my port will stay in until sometime next year.
--that after a cancer patient has one reocurrence, the chances of another reocurrence skyrocket.
--that a lunchtime margarita doesn't heal, but it helps a little bit.
--that it is very scary to have a best-in-his-field doctor look you in the eye and say that you are a random case and he simply can't explain why things are happening the way they are.
--that my husband and my parents are extraordinary.
--that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)


Stacie said...

So happy to read that the PET scan was clear. Will continue to pray that it remains that way.

All the best to you and your sweet family.

Much love,
Stacie Smith
**Mama to a brain/spine cancer survivor (age 5) -- Gavin Smith

Amanda said...

Great news on the PET Scan. Glad you got to enjoy a little margarita and thanks for sharing your news with the blogosphere. We will continue with you on the journey of maintenance and continue to rejoice in your healing!

Anonymous said...

Today I learned...
--Allyson Hendrickson is the most amazing person I know. Love ya Hendrickson!

Melynda said...

I'm happy for the good news, sorry it wasn't everything you wanted to hear. You are so strong and brave and firm in your faith-- you are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. We will continue to pray for you and your family.

The Horton Family said...

Thank God for the good news! Even if it's not perfect news. I love you pal. I, like others, will pray that the preventative chemo works and that God will forever heal your "random case" of cancer.

Anonymous said...

Nothing is a "random case" to God!

Gail W.

Lisa Buffaloe said...

I'm praising God for the clear Pet Scan, but will continue praying for your strength, healing, and joy for the journey. ((((Allyson))))

Sandy said...

PRAISE GOD!! This is wonderful news! I'm crying happy tears of joy for you and the family. GOD IS SO GOOD. Thank you Jesus!

Sandy Coombs

bhayes11 said...

So glad to hear the scan was clear and amen to the last two on your list! I know some of these are things you never wished to learn, but I'm thankful for the knowledge and the great care you have received. I'll keep praying.

Caroline said...

I am so proud of you! I love you so much my sweet friend!

Reckless said...

tell your sister to go buy a huge whole life policy before you take that test. seriously. i'm lifetime uninsurable now except through hubby's work policy, and you probably understand that. regardless of the test results, she and new hubby could use that, right? smiles that the pet scan was clear. grr at most of the other stuff, except the margarita and faith parts. still praying. still think you are awesome!

Shellie said...

Here's to our God healing a random case!