Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Great News

This Cancer ride has been quite the roller coaster. First it's a panic, then no big deal, then a panic, then no big deal, then a huge panic, and now we're back to it's going to be okay. I like the "it's going to be okay" portion of the ride.

I went to see the Oncologist today. He discussed my medical case with his colleagues, and did some research on this unique presentation of Cancer that I have. They found research where some patients with Marginal Zone B-Cell Non Hodgkins Lymphoma have been successfully treated with a drug called Rituximab AND, most of those patients have been able to stay in remission for 5-7 years. (The 7 year one is still in remission, but it's only been 7 years since the patient was treated.)

This is not a cure for the Cancer; however, it is better than killing off everything in my body and then hoping that it rebuilds. Even if I have a recurrence in 5-7 years, I will still be young enough (and hopefully healthy enough) to receive more aggressive treatment then.

I suspect most people who read my blog already believe in prayer. I hope you do. I do. I believe this change in plans is a direct result of many, many prayers given by me and all of my faithful friends. Thank you! Thank you all for the love and support! I can't imagine how scary a cancer journey would be without amazing friends. Love you all!

6 comments:

Tyler & Michelle said...

That is great news Tina. And yes, Prayer is an amazing thing!

Liz said...

Yeah, great news.

Jennymae said...

Fabulous news! What an answer to prayer. Thinking of you...

Michelle said...

Our prayers are being answered. We are so happy for you.

DixieJo said...

Wow.

Debbie Cannon said...

I think you are very brave. I know the Lord will direct you and your doctors to the treatment that is best for you. Cancer really is a roller coaster. I hate waiting for test results, and hanging on every word the doctor says like they can forcast your future. I think your statement that you Choose to be Cheerful makes all the difference. Love, Debbie