Feb 08, 2010 - 6:16 pm
Ladies and gentlemen I could really use your expert advice. I want so much to believe this is real but it seems so bizarre I'm afraid to fully embrace it.
In March 2009 my kid sister was diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma 3. They surgically removed a tumor that was an inch in diameter. There was still an inoperable tumor of about 1/2 inch and a few cancerous specks indicating the cancer has spread throughout the brain. We were told she has 3-7 years to live. Kid sis never bought that and she told us she will beat this. I told her as long as she thinks she can beat this, then so do I. I still believe she can beat this but please tell me if this timeline makes any sense.
She went through radiation and began chemo in April 2009. Her first MRI in July 2009 and there was no change. They stepped up her chemo and in Nov 2009 the MRI showed shrinkage of 5%. Great news.
Just a few days ago she had another MRI and they cannot find any tumors at all!! She asked the doctor if this means she is in remission and he said no because he doesn't know exactly what is going on. But still, if this is true then she could indeed be in remission, right? Part of me wants to jump out of my skin with joy, yet it seems so strange the remaining tumor and specks would disappear in only 3 month's time.
My other sister and I are very afraid there has been some kind of mistake. Can it really happen this fast? Or should we open a bottle of bubbly? Please help if you can, you all know far more than I do. Thanks.