Friday, April 29, 2011

Good for another 3 months!!!

Yes, finally some good news in my life! I have heard a lot of bad news lately (I'll discuss later) so I was so happy when I received the results of my latest CT scan! Clear! No changes! WOO HOO! Dr. Nabong wants to do another scan in 3 months since that will bring me up to a year post treatment (actually almost 14 months) and then after that I will be on the 6 month plan! I think I can handle that. I am just so relieved once again. I get to live my summer without a worry. I get to celebrate my birthday how I want to celebrate it, not how cancer wants me to. I can go on vacation and not have to worry about anything. It's simply great. Big smiles all over. :) :) :) Thank you all again for your continuing prayers and positive thoughts. I greatly appreciate it.

It's hard for me to be so happy about my news, but when I get sad I just think about how far I've come and really, just how lucky I am. When I was at the Doctor both Dr. Nabong and Scott told me that they have a similar patient (whom I remember them telling me about last year) who has a similar cancer as I did. She is a few years older than me too. Well, I took one path and she took the other. She is not doing good at all. She even had a bone marrow transplant and is 100 days post-transplant. They just got the call and really have no idea what they are going to do. It just goes to show you that cancer really has no rules and it's a beast. I really really really got lucky and I thank my lucky stars that I am able to come out of this ALIVE and healthy because there are a lot of people out there who aren't. It breaks my heart.

On Easter I was told very saddening news. An old friend of mine was diagnosed a few months after I was with terminal colon and I believe kidney or liver cancer. He is only 30 years old. I went to visit him in the hospital and told him to fight. I spread my positive attitude and it worked. He fought a good fight. Recently cancer started winning and just last night I find out that cancer won. My friend Jason Montoya has passed. Although it is so very sad, unfair, and flat out not right, he is in a happier place now. I just hate how cancer takes the lives of people so undeserving. It's just not right. So J my friend, may you rest in peace. You will be missed.

On Easter I was also told some other very saddening news. My friend of 12 years Dow's mom was diagnosed with a malignant non-operable brain tumor and was given 3 months to live. Here we go again. Why?!? I will never know the reason why and nor will anyone, but still. Cancer keeps taking people so underserving. Shirl is an amazing person and I know she will fight and live longer than 3 months. It just breaks my heart to see Dow go through this. I couldn't imagine losing a parent. We are too young to be parentless. Please keep Shirl and her family in your thoughts.

It just goes to show you that life truly is short. Please don't take things for granted and live life to the fullest because you never know when your time is up.

My Easter was a great day though because I got to spend it with my family (except my brother) but we went to a nice brunch and had a great time. Although I had to work and was told all this bad news I still had a good day! I sure hope you all had a great Easter as well.

That is the latest for now. Hope you all didn't stay up all night watching the Royal Wedding. I probably would have if I didn't have to work this morning!

Till the next time! Thanks again for all your positive thoughts!!

Love, Erin

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