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!