Monday, February 14, 2011

My cancer journey is not over . . .

I had my PET scan last Thursday and I talked to the nurse this evening about the results. Right now there are new spots "lighting up" indicating cancer - 2 new lymph nodes in my upper abdomen, patchy spots in my lungs, and a spot on my right femur. Apparently, all the original lymph nodes are now clear, but I have these new ones that have popped up. The plan is more chemo . . . just a different drug. But before I start that, he wants me to see a lung specialist and possibly get a scope to find out what's going on in my lungs. I still have this horrible hacky cough that just won't go away. My lungs did light up on the PET, so there's a chance the cancer is there, too. The femur thing is really weird. I've had no issues there, so who knows what that's all about!
So, I guess my cancer journey is not over yet. I was really, really hoping for a clean scan and an end finally to all this. But I know it's all out of my hands. It's hard not knowing what's going to happen in the near future or how my health will be. It makes planning anything impossible, it makes looking ahead pointless. I've just got to take it one day at a time and keep plugging along.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


Dana said...

Praying for you every day, Melinda. For such a sweet little thing, you sure have a lot of fight in you... and the faith, courage, and strength of a giant.

DJ said...

I'm so sorry the news wasn't what we all hoped and prayed for you. I'm so thankful that you are a fighter and that you continue to battle the beast. You, my young friend, are certainly my hero! Love you so much.

Alisha said...

I'm so sorry this news was not good. God's plan for you is not an easy one is it my dear? I wish there was something that would make it easier for you. You have taught us all so much through your journey so far Melinda. Your courage, your spirit and your faith are so profound. I will keep you in my prayers every day. I wish I could make it all go away. Take care and keep us updated. We love you.