Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Familiar Road

Today Jess and I met with my oncologist. I had a PET scan done about a week ago and it showed more lymph nodes affected by the lymphoma. I heard the phrase "just one chain of lymph nodes on the right side" (of my chest), but past that I am unsure about size or exact location.

Bummer. (understatement...haha!) 

This means what he is suggesting is more chemo. 

I don't know why exactly (I have an idea), but I felt so well prepared for this news. I am not upset, sad, mad, confused...or anything like that. I just feel ready to do this and complete the task ahead of me. I know this road. I've been here before. It's not a nice journey, but I can find the beauty in the scenery along the way. Good and happiness are all around. Sometimes life just puts you in a situation where you  need to work a little harder to find it. Bring it on because I am as stubborn as they come and I welcome a challenge...just ask my patient, loving husband of 12 years! Hehehe! :~D Plus I know that I am never going to have to travel my road alone. I have my friends, family and my faith in Jesus Christ to comfort me.

A long, windy road. Glad I don't travel alone!

I do have to get another MRI of my brain to see the progress of the tumor in there. My radiation oncologist is hoping for the best and possibly only having to do 5 more sessions of the radiation. Radiation has to be done before we can move to chemo.

Well, that's all I've got for tonight. I have been sleeping better since I've been off the steroid, so I have been feeling much better. I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts!

Good night and may we all be blessed by God's wisdom and feel His love.


  1. I am so sorry to hear the news. I can only imagine how you felt during that appointment. :( Your outlook is amazing though and so very inspiring. Thank you for being so great! Please let me know if you need anything. I really mean it.

  2. Val, your attitude is something of a warrior! Heavenly Father will bless you for having such a cheery disposition through the trials in your life at the moment and the ones ahead. I am really so grateful for your example. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. Keep being the tough soldier that you are and send my love to Jess, he is amazing!!

  3. Val thank you for constantly uplifting all around you in the mist of trial! You are constantly in my prayers and am grateful to know you.

  4. Oh Val, I am so sorry to hear that! I thought of you this week when I was talking with my sister. We were discussing challenges, and how we like to think it all evens out, but it doesn't always. Sometimes you just get bombarded with challenges, one after another, and it seems like that golden reward at the end is just not visible. But my bro said "In situations like that, you BECOME the reward. The very best people are the ones that have been to H and back because they are stronger and more empathetic than anyone without those challenges could be." I thought- THAT is SO VAL! You truly are a reward. You are beautiful inside and out and I am so proud of your attitude in the face of so much opposition. You are in our prayers every day.