Wednesday, October 1, 2008

unexpected and welcome

Another CT scan Monday, followed by an appointment with my oncologist Tuesday — where I learned that several of my lung tumors actually have shrunk! That's great news, better than I ever expected. I've never had any of my tumors shrink until now. The bad news is that one tumor (one of the largest) has grown some more. But even with that, Dr. S. wants to continue with two more rounds of this chemo regime. So back I go to the infusion room Monday.

Two more rounds means six more weeks. It means Steve and Daniel and Ben and I can go on vacation in October in good spirits. Hooray!

38 comments:

Amy M said...

Emilie - So happy for you and the good news. Good luck on the next two rounds. We'll be praying for you.

Julie said...

So glad the tumors have shrunk!

You are so upbeat. I love reading what you write. You inspire me.

I'll keep praying for you!

Betseeee said...

Yay for shrinking tumors! I hope the next rounds of chemo do even more and you can enjoy a lovely vacation.

liz said...

Excellent news! The prayers must be working. So glad you will have a nice vacation!

Anonymous said...

Oh Em, that's great news! Just great! I know you have that bigger one, and then smaller ones had popped up recently. Now some of them have actually shrunk! Wonderful.

- Susanne

Anna's Mommy said...

I'm so happy to read you have good news! How encouraging to know all you've been going through is making a difference. Take care and enjoy your vacation.

LutherLiz said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news! I hope this next round shrinks them even more, even the large persistent one. And knowing you can go on vacation is wonderful!

Jamie said...

Woohoo! Revel in that news for a while and may it rejuvenate your spirits. Glad to hear the good news!
Jamie

Betty M said...

That is very good news. I am very pleased that the chemo is working on them.

Anonymous said...

YAY! YAY! YAY! A big smile, I'm so excited to hear happy news! and vacation on top of it all - Life is good! :+)
Heather H

Sue said...

What wonderful news - congratulations!

Soupy said...

YAYAYAYAYAY! Hoping and praying the good news continues! YAY AYAYAYAYAY!

Chris (1219bride) said...

I'm so happy to read this! I"ve been following your blog but not posting very much. I am so excited to read the word "shrunk" in one of your posts!!
You are such an inspiration Emilie! I'll be thinking about you.
Chris (1219bride)

Eric, Cindy and Aidan said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! Enjoy vacation!!!

Katy said...

What a great great wonderful post to read....... I hope to see many more of these!!! katy (bug41704)

Mona W said...

That is wonderful news! Good luck with the next two rounds. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Jenn said...

So glad you got some good news!

jennifer V. said...

The best, best, best darn thing I have heard all week!

Christina said...

How wonderful to read shrunk and tumor in the same sentence! YAY!!! Here's hoping and praying you continue to hear that good news.

Where are you and the boys vacationing? Bet you're looking forward to it!

Laura said...

Congratulations!!!!!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Awesome news! Let it keep you upbeat as long as possible. A little hope can go a long ways.

What beautiful family and friends you have, too. You are blessed!

Jo on the go said...

YAY! Of course it has to have something to do with wine and chocolate. Life's little cure-alls.

Sue said...

I am not surprised by this wonderful news! I hope you are going somewhere awesome for your vacation :)

Heather said...

Praise God! What wonderful, wonderful news.

Wordgirl said...

I hope you have a wonderful, restful vacation -- what wonderful news.

Love,

Pam

Megan Thomas said...

I'm smiling! That's great news.

-Megan

Anonymous said...

Emilie - I am so happy for your positive news! Have a lovely vacation! :) Lynn in New Hampshire

Anonymous said...

so happy to hear this ... you are always in my thoughts and prayers! enjoy your vacation!
Ivygalore (from msn)

Madwoman of Preserve Path said...

Yahooooooo! (And praise God, of course.) Have a terrific vacation.

Julie P said...

Wonderful news, Emilie. Have a fun and restful
time with your beautiful family.

Anonymous said...

You made me cry!

--Laura S.

Barbara said...

Hooray for chemo! Kick some cancer butt!!

You know that you're always in my thoughts and prayers.

PS I sent you a note via your Facebook inbox. :)

Mary DTP said...

I'm so happy to hear your good news! A priest friend of mine was in Lourdes last week, and I asked him to pray for you when he was there. We'll keep the prayers coming...
Peace,
Mary

Jo on the go said...

Melanie wants me to tell you this:

"I'm so proud of you; your face is just glowing in some of your pictures and I'm so glad your spirit and self and inner light are shining. That's how I remember you from when you were here for Jo's wedding. I think you're a total badass. You're a wonderful writer. You're incredibly gifted, and you should be writing a book."

Mel started reading your blog and I had to steal my laptop back so that I could work. Love you! J

Not on Fire said...

Great news!

Topcat said...

Hi Emilie. I pop in on you now and again, to see how you are doing. I thought I'd de-lurk. Hi!

My husband got diagnosed with non-hod.g.kins lym.p.homa five days before the birth of our child, back in May. A mass of tumours in his stomach and chest. I hate tumours, I hate cancer, and I hate chemo.

He has two more chemos to go also. My absolute blessings and empathy go to you and your family. Your boys are BEAUTIFUL.

xoxo

Monkeymama said...

That's great news! Congrats! :)

Heidi said...

YEA!!!!

Emilie, thanks so much for the baby gift. The saying on the print made me cry. You are so thoughtful.