What a beautiful Day!! I sat on my patio and watched the birds play in the trees and my animals laying in the grass near me, enjoying the weather and the chance to bask in the sun. I hope that all of you can enjoy the season as well; we may not be in the best physical shape, but the new growth of flowers, trees and baby animals can only help make us feel the hope for renewal of our own lives and bodies.
I had my PET scan and MRI last month and I was so nervous about the results, as you probably read in my last post. It was so scary for me as I have had so much bad news lately, with new tumor growth and the last chemo not working. I also knew that I was running out of options. It was not the best time for me, emotionally or physically. And just as I was getting myself ready to say my final farewells to my family, a miracle occurred!
My tumors are disappearing and the ones that I still have are shrinking. I had wide-spread metastases in most of my organs and brain. The MRI showed lesions in the brain and the nurse called with the bad news; I was not to be allowed into the clinical trial for Gleevec. The next day, as I was seeing the oncologist, the nurse told me that the neuro-oncologist had reviewed the films and felt that the lesions were vascular abnormalities. Wow, what a relief!! They started me on the Gleevec and I have since had significant reduction of metastatic disease with the tumors in my lungs and other organs resolving and, what they thought were abnormalities turning out to be brain tumors, shrinking at a miraculous rate. To say that we're happy would be the understatement of the year! We are ecstatic!!At a time when we felt there was no more hope, God blessed us with a miracle that is so unbelievable that it still makes my head spin.
My family and I are now so grateful for every day and our other troubles seem so insignificant now. I was so close to death and, in a matter of a couple of days, my life was renewed and we were given new hope. I wanted to share this with all of you, as so many of you have been so kind and supportive to me and my family and I wanted to finally share some good news with you. You have become my second family, my strength when I don't feel strong anymore. You are a wonderful family and I want all of you to know how much I appreciate your prayers and kind words during my darkest days. I hope,also,that my story will give others hope. You never know what lies ahead; so, please, don't give up. Try and keep a positive attitude, even if things seem bleak and you don't see any hope. You never know what can happen.
I have another chance at life and it came during the season of new life and I am praying for all of you to experience the same kind of miraculous renewal. Enjoy the weather, enjoy each day and know that it is a gift to be here with your friends and family each and every day!!
Blessings to all, today and always,