Lots of blessings

Now, there are those who will say that having cancer is really a blessing, but I sorta think they’re crazy. Having cancer is not a good thing.


But, it does give you an opportunity to appreciate all of the good things around you. I had a mammogram and ultrasound last Friday and got the results today. My doctor was positively beaming when he came in with them. According to the mammogram, I don’t have cancer. At all. And the ultrasound does find a 1 centimeter mass (where there had been a 4 centimeter mass), but that’s probably just the gel markers that were inserted months ago. I’m starting to feel sorry that I made fun of the gel markers, thinking it was absolutely ridiculous that they thought the tumor would disappear as a result of chemo.

I’m still getting used to the idea the cancer is almost gone. Now, it won’t make much of a difference in treatment. I’ll still have the last 3 chemo treatments and surgery and probably radiation. But it’s amazing how easy it is to face all of that knowing that it’s doing a lot of good and I will get through this.

And at work, classes started yesterday. But, because of underenrollments, we cancelled a class. And Bob has been an absolute champ, working to rearrange schedules so that my course load would drop to 2 classes. I swear, it seemed to be all he did Monday and Tuesday (but I know he had lots of other stuff going on as well). Finally, he came upon a solution that required that both Martin and Chris change their schedules on the first day of classes. And they both did and pretended exceptionally well that it was no problem. I work with some of the greatest people!

Oh yeah, there’s chemotherapy tomorrow too, but knowing how well it works, I can’t get upset about it at all. Especially since Charlie’s already bought pounds of turkey for sandwiches and has promised to roast a turkey breast if I’m a good girl. And I know he’ll do it, even if I whine. But there’s not a lot to whine about!



  1. Fran Hunt said

    That’s great news! Here’s hoping that the progress keeps going in the right direction.

  2. Ann Shen said

    I’m soooo happy to hear that things are going well. Funny thing…Brad swears that turkey will make anyone better. When I was in the hospital two years ago, I was able to leave just in time for Thanksgiving. 🙂

  3. Susie Frawley said

    What great news Laurie! Throughout your ordeal I have been amazed by your positive outlook, your humor and Charlie’s devotion. I believe that has all played a part in the results you are getting. I’ll keep you in my prayers!

  4. Evelyn Reierson said

    What GREAT news, Laurie! I’m thrilled you’re doing so well! And, I’m glad you work with such helpful people. Take care!

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