Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Wonderful News...and the Bummer

Alright, here it is. The scan looked good over all, but there are some new areas "of concern". The cancer was on the left side of my chest and was pretty big (9cm x 12cm). That is gone. That's right...adios! Virtually no activity in that area! How wonderful. What a miracle! So lets bask in that for a moment.....(still basking)....... I am frustrated that the Dr's focus right now is the "inconclusive" part and not that the mass that was thriving and growing in my chest has been stopped. I am so happy! All of our prayers have been answered. Thank you Heavenly Father.

Now for the part that is more on the bummer side. There is a new spot on the right side....actually two spots. Something is showing up by my right collar bone (very small, about 1.6cm) and another next to the right side of my heart (unsure on size). So that's why they want more imaging I guess. To get a different view of those areas.

It is not an emergency or anything that seems like it needs immediate attention, so I am going to get a second opinion on the scan and take it to another radiologist. Then depending on what the results of that is I will decide what kind of further imaging to do if we really need it.

So there it is. The wonderful news and the bummer. I see no reason to focus on the bummer though. I will certainly follow up on it, and work with my Dr, but can we just enjoy the healing miracle that has happened inside of me so far? All of you that have sent up your petitions to our Heavenly Father, can you please say a prayer of thanks to Him in my behalf? He is a loving Father and we should express our greatest gratitude for his mercy. I still have more to learn as my journey continues on, but I know I'm not alone.


  1. I'm so happy for you AND your family!!!! I couldn't even imagine what you had to go through. Your attitude and energy is amazing. I would have been complaining ALL THE TIME!!! So glad that you are here and blessing everyone's lives that come in contact with you. You really are an inspiration to me to want to be better.

  2. My best wishes for you, Valerie. Sometimes we just are forced to take the good with the bad, but focusing on the good is definitely the smart thing to do! I am Sabrina and Michael's mother and have been recently diagnosed with leukemia. The told me about you and you have been an inspiration to me! May God Bless you and keep you always in his healing arms,

  3. Congratulations on the missing mass!!! I am so happy for you and your family. I hope that all goes well with the two other spots.

  4. You are awesome! And you will be in our thoughts and prayers- I think an attitude like yours can conquer all!

  5. Yay! Good luck with further tests. I'm so happy for you.