Thursday, September 06, 2007

CT Scan Results


Well, it is pretty good news. The CT scan showed an excellent partial result - what this means is that the cancer is not gone (that would be in the miracle category), but it is reduced from what it was back in June. Some of the spots have disappeared completely. And most of the rest of them are smaller than they were. The largest nodule in my lungs was 1.3 cm x 1.4 cm....it is now 0.9 cm x 0.8 cm. Also the mediastinel nodes are reduced in size. And, finally, there is no new cancer, no further spread. My liver, abdomen and bones (in that area) are clean.
I still have fluid surrounding my lungs, but it is greatly reduced. And my lower right lung is still collapsed.
So, today I am filled with gratitude. Chemo has been successful, and it will continue, likely for four more treatments with this particular drug combo, then perhaps with a new combo. Of course, with this disease, things can change on a dime, and there are no guarantees, but for today, the result is very good, and we are very happy and very grateful.
I had a chemo treatment today, so will now hunker down to get through the next few days. But it is all worth it when the treatment is working and giving me more time. What a great gift.
Thanks to all for your continued love and support. Maybe those prayers are working, so keep those up too. if it is not too much trouble !!!!!!
Joanne

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Joanne!!!
Great news! I am jumping for joy inside so can't imagine how happy you all are. How great that all that hard work is paying off. Hope you are up to celebrating in some way. We'll have a toast and a prayer for you tonight.
Have been meaning to post for a while. Your blog is so great and inspirational. The walkers looked great as did the face painting Rider fans.
Go Riders Go!!
Will be celebrating you tonight!
Patti

Anonymous said...

Awesome Joanne - how great to get such encouraging news - you and he rest of us bloggers are thrilled !
Keep this feeling the next few days - they are working.
Take care.
P & G

Anonymous said...

HI Joanne, I am just thrilled to hear this news. I knew when I saw you on Sunday that you just looked and seemed sooooooo much better. We will keep praying and hoping for more small miracles. Rest now and let the chemo do what it needs to do.
Much Love and Hugs, Loretta

Anonymous said...

Jo,
A good day...a very good day...

We are so very happy for you. It is wonderful to see positive results from your fight. These results are a testament to the confidence and clarity of your decisions around how to fight this disease these past few months.

I'm sure that this news will give you even more strength to face the next rounds of treatment.
Love Darryl

Anonymous said...

We are thrilled for you Joanne! So glad to hear the chemo is working! You are an inspiration to us -- you and your family are always in our thoughts and prayers!
The Tigners

Anonymous said...

WHAT A GOOD RESULT FROM ALL THE PAIN AND THE TRIALS THAT CHEMO OFFERS A PERSON. YOU WILL BE SO MUCH STRONGER IN RESOLVE TO GET THROUGH THE NEXT FEW DAYS. YOUR ATTITUDE AND POSITIVE THINKING HAS MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE.MAYBE A SLIGHT IRISH STUBBORN STREAK IS A GOOD THING. I KEEP A BREAST CANCER QUARTER AT THE KITCHEN SINK AND SAY A SHORT PRAYER WHENEVER I SEE IT,AND WILL CONTINUE TO.YOU HAVE GRANDPARENTS IN HEAVEN WATCHING OVER YOU,AND UNCLE GORDEN TOO. WAS HAPPY TO HEAR YOU WERE ABLE TO HOST THE BOOK CLUB.
ITS A GREAT DAY!!!!!
LOVE THE TJS

Anonymous said...

WHAT A GOOD RESULT FROM ALL THE PAIN AND THE TRIALS THAT CHEMO OFFERS A PERSON. YOU WILL BE SO MUCH STRONGER IN RESOLVE TO GET THROUGH THE NEXT FEW DAYS. YOUR ATTITUDE AND POSITIVE THINKING HAS MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE.MAYBE A SLIGHT IRISH STUBBORN STREAK IS A GOOD THING. I KEEP A BREAST CANCER QUARTER AT THE KITCHEN SINK AND SAY A SHORT PRAYER WHENEVER I SEE IT,AND WILL CONTINUE TO.YOU HAVE GRANDPARENTS IN HEAVEN WATCHING OVER YOU,AND UNCLE GORDEN TOO. WAS HAPPY TO HEAR YOU WERE ABLE TO HOST THE BOOK CLUB.
ITS A GREAT DAY!!!!!
LOVE THE TJS

Anonymous said...

Hi Joanne! This is the post that we have all been waiting for. What wonderful news! I'm sure this makes this round of chemo so much easier to bear. I totally believe in the power of prayer and there are very many of us who are constantly praying for you and your family. Today, our prayer will be one of gratitude. I feel sure you classify this as one of the "sweet days" and, as Grandma Maloney would say, "Deo Gratias". With much love and the promise of our continued prayers (miracles do happen too). Love, Nick and Lorraine

Anonymous said...

WOW!! Yahoo!!! I opened the blog tonight praying for this news. I too believe in the power of prayer and look for miracles every day(small or big). This counts in my opinion. I am so proud of you and your family Joanne. Love and prayer - Claire
p.s I think I will keep the next breast cancer quarter that comes my way and use it as a reminder too.

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Jan Holland said...

Hurray, hurray, hurray! A round of Latte and chocolate for EVERYONE! (Eww, sorry, the thought of that probably makes you want to be sick right about now, huh?) And what do you mean Jo, "maybe those prayers are working..." Of COURSE they're working! All you have to do is look at the Riders... miracles DO happen! All joking aside Joanne, this is wonderful news for you and your fans and no, it's not too much trouble to ask that we keep up our prayers, as long as you are keeping up the faith. That is probably one of the most difficult things to do. Get some rest.
Lots of Love from Belle River,
Jan et al
xo

Anonymous said...

Great news Joanne!
Will keep sending positive energy through the airwaves.
Rest up and look forward to more good results.
Paul

Anonymous said...

Great news Joanne, we all are so happy and excited for you and your family. It is hard to describe the depth of our gratitude for prayers answered. Never stop having 'passion for the possible' and know that we are all with you in spirit. Looking forward to more good news from you and continuing to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Annette

Anonymous said...

Anne called me on Thursday with the good news. As I know you are in the middle of your treatment I will not call. It was so nice to have our book club on Sunday - you do look so much better so it is nice to have the confirmation of the CT scan. I met an amazing group of women this morning - we will have to chat. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Laura

Joan said...

Wonderful news Joanne, really wonderful. I check your blog often and have been hoping to read something like this. Thanks for making my day!

I think about you daily and always have you in my prayers.

Take care and be well.
xoxo
Joan

Anonymous said...

Joanne, Gord, Michelle,Craig and Brian,
This is indeed a good day for all of you and for all of the rest of 'Joanne's team'. The power of prayer and of positive attitude is showing. May it continue to suppress the disease for a long, long time. Keep your chin up, Jo, through the next few days, knowing that this latest victory is yours!!
We'll chat soon!
Peggy & family

apprentice said...

Good news indeed! I hope the improvement continues and you're able to be a wee bit more mobile.

Hope you get through the next few post chemo days as well as possible

Love as ever
Anna

Fe said...

Wonderful wonderful news! My little household is celebrating with you

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