A bit of personal detail. Many of you know that I got my every-three-month Pet CT Scan on Tuesday July 1. Today at chemo my nurse interpreted the results for me - very good news.
Feel free to skip the following if my cancer test results are TMI. Many of my relatives and friends read Dove's Eye View and it's easier for me to post the info here.
Everything is extremely stable; the bony metastases show signs of healing; the tumor on the lung that was a half inch (13 mm) in October has disappeared completely - no sign of it. The liver metastases are not showing any "uptake", i.e. they aren't dividing rapidly and are not increasing. The diffuse lesions are just sitting there. Also the bloodwork shows that the CEA tumor markers have again dropped, now to 4.4 which is in the range of normal. The liver continues to "feel" good when she examines it manually.
I still get chemo, and started the ninth cycle (month) today. She offered me a break next month, but upon discussion we decided to plan the one month break for October when I hope to be traveling insha'allah.
Interestingly enough, the young man who does Reiki healing for me has been saying that he doesn't "sense" cancer in me - I don't have that static or buzz or sparkle that he feels in his other cancer patients. I wonder if he's perceiving the slowdown of the tumor cells. It's a subjective, "non-scientific" response - it seems to coincide with what I understand of the test results. Who knows.
I began responding to chemo very strongly after beginning regular Qi energy and acupuncture treatments in late March. You don't have to believe that these treatments help me - I do. And your prayers are helping me. Thank you all.
Because I had a five hour break between the nurse visit and the infusion appointment, I got to work on my novel a bit in the local library branch - a sunny courtyard with roses, Japanese maples and an olive tree. Public libraries are great luxuries and pleasures of our society and I am so grateful for them.
My friend who drives me home from the hospital took me to Irving Street where we ate Indian food, then to Golden Gate park where we lay on the grass until time for infusion.
I'm very tired now. I'm just really happy to be alive and able to bop around San Francisco, play with my children, vacation with my husband.