Tuesday, March 3, 2009

MRI Results

Hi, everyone! I had my MRI yesterday and was up in Tucson today for labs and chemo and got the MRI results.

Good news, again! When I had the MRI at the beginning of January, the area that enhanced with contrast indicating cancer measured 2.5 x 4.8 x 5.0 cm. The same area on yesterday's MRI measured 1.5 x 0.8 cm. As the report states, the area has significantly decreased since the previous exam. Both MRIs describe the area as non-mass-like which I guess is why I didn't feel a lump to begin with. It also seems to confirm Dr. Livingston's impression that what he and I are feeling is fibrous scar tissue versus tumor tissue.

I am only about a third through my new chemo regimen. If the cancer continues to respond as well as it has so far, it will hopefully be gone when they do my surgery.

I am so glad to get good news again. I am trying hard to live by the mantra of celebrating one day at a time and celebrate today as a gift, but it is so hard to get over the feeling that at some point the rug is going to be pulled out from under me. I have stopped reading the breast cancer support listserves. There are a lot of positive things on them and they are sometimes very informational, but there is also a lot of bad news on them. I've tried hard to be optimistic and realistic at the same time throughout this journey, but too often the listserves remind me of the realistic side of things more than the optimistic.

I'm off to yoga which always makes me feel better. I just wanted to share the good news with everyone.

Love you all!


velvet brick said...

....is doing her happy dance with her sombrero on!!!

Way to go, CHICA!!!!!!!!!!!

Just remember... this IS your reality...all this good news is your reality!! wooohooooo!

Cheela said...

Great news, Martha!! I am glad you aren't reading the listserves. You don't need that--just your own positive outlook!!!

N-Search of Peace said...

"Reality", a word of such oddity for me...

One's "perspective" of their life, and the trails and tribulations that come with the joys too, are born from the attitude to which one conducts their life...

Martha sweetie, since coming to know you and your heart, I have found that you do indeed live your life with a perspective of what is is...allowing the good with the bad and the art of balancing it all with such poise and grace...

Continue to stay in the sunlight sweetie...we are all wearing our sunglasses with you!

Love you!

Joe said...

Dear Martha, Joe has been keeping us up to date but it is so good to read the good news on your Blog as well. It could not be more than we have hoped for.

Love you,


The SAB team said...

You appear to have a Conga line doing the happy dance behind you. I hope that makes you laugh thinking about Joe in a sombrero with moracca's. All I know is there sure is a lot of joy on everyone's faces. Just please don't ask us to do the chicken dance :)