Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Test Results

So this morning I went for a CAT scan. Got all prepared with the yummy barium, steroids, and benedryl, and gagged it all down. They took me right back. Got it all done and went to chemo.  I met with Dr. H and we talked about how things were going. He thinks I look great, even though I don't always feel great.
The nurse came in after I was hooked up, receiving my bone cancer chemo with results in hand.
AHH! So nervous! She then said with a big smile, "It is such Great News!" YAY! Here they are:
So last results showed Lung being stable, meaning tumors hadn't grown or shrunk. This time tumors= GONE! Lungs Clear! Last results on Bone was the same. This time bone tumors= stable, no growth, no shrinkage! Last results on Liver= tumors grew, and multiplied. This time Liver tumors= some have gone away completely, some have shrunk, but large tumor that was measuring about 4 cm is now 2 cm. Half the size! SO GREAT! It is great that the medicine is working. I will continue chemo for awhile longer, we will probably check again in 3 months.  I was really kind of hoping to finally be done, and just stick to once a week maintenance drugs for the next 55 years. But I will take this great news and celebrate! Prayers are working & the support is continually fantastic!
Thanks all so so much! LOVES

Friday, August 24, 2012

Finally an update!

I know I know, been slacking on the updates, but there hasn't been much to report. Still getting 5 bags of treatment on the 3rd Wednesday 2 chemos, 2 maintenance drugs, and my favorite Hydration. The next day I get a shot in the arm and more hydration. Then the 4th Wednesday I get bone cancer chemo and hydration. On the "off" week I still go get hydration. It is amazing the difference I feel when I receive it. The BIG chemo week still kicks my butt. I am just so tired and could sleep all day. And achy in my hips, back, and knees.
So since this is my journal I do have to tell my funny chemo story. Little embarrassing, but boy was it funny.
So I have this special talent, that when I sneeze sometimes a little puff of air comes out my other end. So at chemo, all snuggled in my cozy recliner and it happened. It was quiet, it was loud enough for all to hear. My friend 4 chairs down was laughing. I was just skyping my dad when it happened and my mom and I were laughing so hard, we were crying. My dad wasn't so sure of what was happening. So I tried to whisper it to him, but we were on speaker and he asked "who farted?" It was a GREAT laugh, that I think we all needed. Hopefully they all forgot. :)

These are pictures of an awesome fundraiser that was put on called Ride the Brainwave sponsored by Children and the Earth. Team Charese all in pink with many many supporters. THANK YOU to all my family and friends that came out. You are all amazing.
Then 2 rival baseball teams came together for ME! They played against each other in a tournament in Morgan, both wearing pink for little ole' me. They were all very sweet and cute. Big hugs to all of you.
My nephew Jarrett!
I must say how much I love seeing and re-uniting with dear friends from high school, and beyond. I feel so loved knowing that you all care about me enough to journey my way and make my day. Love you all.  And all my wonderful family that continues to be there for me. I love getting calls, texts,cards, messages from all you, letting me know you still love me and pray for me!

OK, so my next CAT scan in scheduled for Aug 29th at 9:30 AM, with chemo to follow, so hopefully I will get results before I leave. My DR said I look better than I have in awhile so he is hoping things are clearing up. I am hoping things are cleared up so I can stop at least one of my chemos.  FINGERS CROSSED, PRAYERS PLEASE!
Other than that, all is well. Kids are back in school, football and soccer has started. We had a great summer! I had a few good days that allowed me to go to Lagoon and Cowabunga Bay with my family! It is John and I's 11 year anniversary tomorrow. So knowing that I wouldn't feel good this weekend, we went last week to Park City stayed the night, went to a movie, dinner, and the Olympic Park. It is so nice to feel normal once in awhile, to do normal things. I am so lucky to have such an amazing husband. He really does love me unconditionally! I love him more than he will ever understand. I couldn't be more grateful for him. We have had an amazing 11 years together through thick and thin! LOVE YOU JOHN!
Thanks again to all of you for love, support, and prayers, Loves to all of you!