Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tumor Marker Results

Hi, everyone. I just wanted to share a piece of good news. Last Monday, while I was up in Tucson, I had tumor markers drawn. This is some kind of protein that shows up in the blood when there are cancer cells. It has something to do with dividing cells and that's all I know about it. It is normal to have some of this protein in the bloodstream. The normal range is 1-40 and today mine was 26! This is the lowest it has ever been. The last time I had them drawn they were 32. They may still be elevated more than they would normally be due to the effects of the radiation, which let me say are horrible! My skin is so sore! I'm miserable. :>( Luckily, I get to spend my days with my students and even though it hurts, it is not at the front of my thoughts all the time. By the time I get home, though, I am tired and really sore. Hopefully, it will start healing any day now. :>)

That's it for now! Just wanted to share the good news.

Love you all!


Cheela said...

That is awesome, Martha!! You continue to amaze me with your wonderful spirit each day. The children (and our school as a whole) are so fortunate to have you!!

N-Search of Peace! said...

This is such great news sweetie! Our household is doing cheers for you as I write!

Sorry the effects of the radiation is making your skin, ever so sore! You have always been a "beaming" light in my life, now your skin is showing it more so now!

All of your students must think you to be wonderful!

Love you and can't wait to see you again!

velvet brick said...

Hi Martha! I'm just now catching up on your latest post...been a long week and I'm behind in my blogging! What wonderful news and soooooo affirming that you've traveled the right path back to health!! I'm so sorry your skin is so sore.....I called and left a message for you - aloe vera! It's a miracle worker with skin!! Cut off a 'leaf' from an aloe vera plant, slice it open and slather the gel on your skin - it will help heal it up P.D.Q.!! It's not the most pleasant of odors, shall we say, but nevermind that - it does the trick! Has anyone suggested puncturing a Vitamin E capsule and smoothing the oil on, too?? Let me know if you need some aloe vera - I can get you some! Love you, dear lady!