Saturday, March 31, 2012

Cancer Bitch - Luck


OK, so I didn't win Mega Millions, but so far I appear to be winning the Cancer lottery. I went in for my monthly CT-scan and meeting with my doctor, who told me, "you're an oddity."

Say What?

Seems I'm beating the odds for pancreatic cancer. I'm not cured - but the tumor isn't growing. And I'm not the only one. He says he has a few other patients who are like me. That seems to indicate this particular type of chemo is effective - for some people. I'll take those odds!

I'm feeling good, eating like a pack of hungry wolves (OK that's a problem) and totally enjoying my chemo holiday. I'm planning to participate in "Purplestride DC," a 5K walk on June 16th to raise money for pancreatic cancer research. I guess that means I'd better start training...

"National Call-in Advocacy Day" is June 26th. If you can, call your Congressman and demand for funding for research. I know journalists can't do it, but regular people with rights can!

I'm going back to Johns Hopkins in a couple of weeks for a PET-scan. My doctor wants to see what's going on with the tumor and if I'm eligible for surgery. If not, he wants me to consider immunization therapy. It's different from chemo, and comes with its own set of side effects. Fingers are crossed....



7 comments:

jallen said...

More proof that you are an amazing human being!

Diane Dimond said...

"You are an oddity?" THAT'S the doctor's conclusion?! I could have told him/her that after having known you for all these decades! But Doc should have added a few adjectives like MARVELOUS, FASCINATING, CAPTIVATING....(Wait, I'll think of some more)
Seriously, Bren, this good news made me all weepy. Michael and I continue to root for you, as you well know. Wouldn't it be great if you could have surgery and just get the whole mess taken out?!
Love that you keep us all posted like this - and love that you've kept your positive outlook through this troubling journey.
We love you. Diane and Michael and Jenna and the gang

Mike Tucker . . . said...

"You're an oddity." I've known that for 30 years!!! The real deal: Prayer changes things. You've got so many people sending them up for your health and healing. Keep your faith strong and keep looking to God for guidance. You're an oddity we love so keep playing and keep winning.

Lisa Frances Judd ~ Australian Visual Artist said...

Keep being an 'oddity' and thrive :) I wish you all the faith, hope and love you can handle. I am a Mum to a 21 year old son with a Glioblastoma Brain Cancer (stage 4) and he is also, so far, an 'oddity', doing remarkably well and defying the Drs prognosis. ((( hugs )))

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