Sharing the Blessings...Excellent News!

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Hello All! I'm lurking around the site daily still but haven't posted in a while. I finished the first round of chemo, which was 3 once a week infusions of carbo/taxol. I did 5 and a half weeks of full abdominal radiation, and 3 brachy treatments. I asked my doctor for a PET/CT Scan, because the cancer I have tends to be platinum resistant. I didn't want to go through more chemo that wasn't working, especially since there are options available for other things. Just so y'all don't have to look back, I will remind you that I have Stage IV Grade 3 with a mixed histology containing serous and clear cells. I also had a plaque-like region of the cancer behind my bladder, which did have muscular invasion. Anyway, I wanted to share the results of my scan. My doctor was fumbling with the words (probably because none of us expected it). He then just blurted out, " I'm going to just let you read it for yourself".  It read No Evidence of Disease!!!! Wooooohoooo!!!  Of course we are going to finish the second round of chemo, because there could be cells too small for the scans to identify, but my counts were too low last week. I remember when I was first diagnosed. I read the posts here for understanding and support and hope. It is my goal with this post, to give others some hope....that the tough treatments are worth it....that they can work! Now, I realize that the rates of recurrence are high in the first 2 years, so I remain vigilant about the upcoming appointments and my diet/exercise/supplements. Thanks again to all who have been on the site, helping us all through this difficult time. Best wishes for anyone just joining. This truly is an amazing site with some even more incredible people!

May God Bless You All,

Stacey

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  • ConnieSW
    ConnieSW Member Posts: 1,680 Member
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    Oh, Stacey,

    what wonderful, incredible news. I have tears in my eyes picturing you reading that report in your doctor's office. It must have been like 20 years of Christmas rolled into one (or whatever special holiday you observe).  I wish you many, many more such celebrations. 

    BTW, you obviously don't need hair to be beautiful.  

  • txtrisha55
    txtrisha55 Member Posts: 693 Member
    edited March 2018 #3
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    Congratulations on your NED

    Congratulations on your NED status! trish

  • LisaPizza
    LisaPizza Member Posts: 358 Member
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    How awesome to stun and

    How awesome to stun and befuddle your doctor in that way! I love good news.

  • Susie2
    Susie2 Member Posts: 16 Member
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    Congratulations, Stacey!

    Congratulations, Stacey! Nothing like being so near the finish line of treatments and then getting this great news!  Talk about a hard-earned prize.  

  • evolo58
    evolo58 Member Posts: 293 Member
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    One follow-up at a time. Hope

    One follow-up at a time. Hope you have many, many, many more NEDs!

  • Jairoldi
    Jairoldi Member Posts: 221 Member
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    Terrific!

    What wonderful and welcome news!

  • Violet123
    Violet123 Member Posts: 28 Member
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    Thank you for sharing your

    Thank you for sharing your great news, congratulations!

  • NoTimeForCancer
    NoTimeForCancer Member Posts: 3,385 Member
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    excellent news, Stacey!

    excellent news, Stacey!

  • Red Corvette
    Red Corvette Member Posts: 114 Member
    edited March 2018 #10
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    Way To Go Stacey

    So very happy to hear your terrific news.

    Give yourself a huge pat on the back for being a super warrior.

    Red

  • Tamlen
    Tamlen Member Posts: 343 Member
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    Incredible news!

    I'm so happy to hear your news, Stacey. You've been through a LOT and it must feel wonderful to hear results like those.

  • HorseLvr
    HorseLvr Member Posts: 102
    edited March 2018 #12
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    That's awesome, Stacey!!! I'm

    That's awesome, Stacey!!! I'm so happy for you!!!!!

  • Kaleena
    Kaleena Member Posts: 2,088 Member
    edited March 2018 #13
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    N E D wonderful!

    so happy to read this!   Congratulations on your good news!

    Kathy

  • TeddyandBears_Mom
    TeddyandBears_Mom Member Posts: 1,814 Member
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    Yippee Skippee Stacey! So

    Yippee Skippee Stacey! So happy to hear this news. I'm sure it will help you get through the rest of your chemo. And, I agree with Connie - you are beautiful!

    Please don't be a stranger. Come back and let us know how you are doing.

    Love and Hugs,

    Cindi

  • Harmony09
    Harmony09 Member Posts: 79
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    ConnieSW said:

    Oh, Stacey,

    what wonderful, incredible news. I have tears in my eyes picturing you reading that report in your doctor's office. It must have been like 20 years of Christmas rolled into one (or whatever special holiday you observe).  I wish you many, many more such celebrations. 

    BTW, you obviously don't need hair to be beautiful.  

    Oh Connie! Thank you for

    Oh Connie! Thank you for sharing in my excitement AND the kind words! It really was like a Gimongous Christmas Present. I've been thanking God EVERY time I think about it. I've said all along that He has the final say, despite the characteristics of the cancer and rates of recurrence. I may never understand His infinite kind and ways with my finite mind...but there have been many blessings come out of the whole situation. Just another resource, which I almost turned my nose up to because it was written by a woman/nurse who had breast cancer. Anyway, it's a book called The Silver Lining. I read it a little bit every day when I was waiting for my radiation. I had to learn to look at times, but they truly are always there ;)

    Thanks again and best wishes to you

  • Harmony09
    Harmony09 Member Posts: 79
    edited March 2018 #16
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    Congratulations on your NED

    Congratulations on your NED status! trish

    WoooooHoooooooo! Thanks Trish

    WoooooHoooooooo! Thanks Trish

    I have a 2yr old son and a 1 yr old grandbaby girl, along with a 21yr old daughter, 18 yr old daughter and 9 yr old son. I have to get this behind me. I have way too much to do! ;)

    Best wishes sent your way too!

  • Harmony09
    Harmony09 Member Posts: 79
    edited March 2018 #17
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    LisaPizza said:

    How awesome to stun and

    How awesome to stun and befuddle your doctor in that way! I love good news.

    It was very emotional and

    It was very emotional and still leaves me with a loss of words.

    Thank you for sharing in my excitement too!

    Best wishes and blessings to you LisaPizza;) 

  • Harmony09
    Harmony09 Member Posts: 79
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    Susie2 said:

    Congratulations, Stacey!

    Congratulations, Stacey! Nothing like being so near the finish line of treatments and then getting this great news!  Talk about a hard-earned prize.  

    Thanks Susie2! I definitely

    Thanks Susie2! I definitely feel better about the future chemo treatments. I was so afraid we might learn that it was platinum resistant or just stubborn. My family and friends have been amazing. Y'all here have saved my sanity on many occasions. So....WE earned it ;)

    I wish you all the best too!

  • Charissa
    Charissa Member Posts: 129 Member
    edited March 2018 #19
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    Wow, How Inspiring

    Congratulations on your fantastic news! Isn't our God glorious?  It takes on a whole new meaning of Him referencing Himself as the Great Physician. So grateful He heard the many prayers and answered them in your favor.

     

    Rejoicing with you!

     

     

     

  • Abbycat2
    Abbycat2 Member Posts: 644 Member
    edited March 2018 #20
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    Stacey, what wonderful news!

    Thank you for sharing your great news and warm wishes for great things to come!

    Cathy

     

  • Northwoodsgirl
    Northwoodsgirl Member Posts: 571
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    Grace received

    Oh Stacey, Grace and blessings received! I too have tears just thinking how happy you are to be given this good news! You have been through so much as all of us know only too well. Sooooo very happy for you!!! May God continue to give you grace....((Hug))