Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Make Some Lemonade

And when life gives you lemons--well then make some lemonade!!

Hi all--I have been trying to wait until I am not so tired to write this--but I don't think that day will be here for a while--so here goes. In case I haven't told you all--the lung cancer is in remission. That is a good thing. The MRI of the brain did not show any signs of cancer, but since small cell lung cancer almost always metastisis to the brain--we are going to start a course of preventative radiation to the brain. That will start today. It will be generalized--milder than if treating actual cancer--and only 15 sessions. Continued prayers will be appreciated. I guess that is why I am writing this today--because I know from past experience that the radiation will probably wipe me out. I figure the preventative radiation will be better than being told in a year or so that I have brain cancer--so I am going ahead with it.

Well--after the remission was announced and my blood counts were normalized I figured I could hug and shake hands with my friends. Now we all know that handwashing is the single most important means of preventing infection. So that was a big mistake on my part. I may be getting better--but my lungs are not yet healed. Within 2 weeks of shaking hands and hugging I caught a really bad cold--had it over Easter weekend. By April 29 I was in the hospital with a really bad case of pnuemonia. Was there till May 3. Came home on oxygen, inhalers, antiobiotics, prednisone--only 4 more days of the steroids--woohoo. I do not like that drug--but won't complain as I am breathing pretty well.

Lots of people tell me I look great--I work hard at that. But I don't want anyone to think this was a picnic. Cancer Treatment is very difficult. But I have a God who has given me the grace and the dignity to handle it well. I have been able to do it without whining--and that is really good for me. I have had the support of friends and family--and you know who you are. A wonderful husband--couldn't ask for a better one. And we are beating this thing. Happy knitting to all!!


KnittySue said...

I'm so glad to hear your doing well and that your having the preventative radiation. Your positive attitude and spirit is a great message to many.
I do suggest limiting the hugs and shakes though *v*
Bless You

NH Knitting Mama said...

I'm sorry I'm so behind on reading blogs and such, but when I saw that you had updated yours, it was the first one I went to in my reader.

SUCH GREAT NEWS that your cancer is in remission!


Katherine said...

You are in my prayers and will be during the radiation treatments. Your strength is a blessing to all of us! Be well!

Tiger Dragon Grrl said...

You are a strong person. God bless you.