Thursday, October 18, 2012

Light at the end of the tunnel

Newsflash. Today my doc told me we would do two more months of chemo, then stop. THANK YOU SWEET BABY JESUS.

My last CT scan showed a very small lung node spot, but CT scans can't tell you if those spots are cancer or just scar tissue. Insurance has repeatedly denied me a PET scan, which WOULD show if it's cancer or just scar tissue. So I'm continuing on with chemo. By December, if the spot isn't gone, we need to try a different approach, anyway.

And not that I'm counting or anything, but that will make a total of FIFTEEN DAMNED MONTHS OF CHEMO. Imagine that for a moment, if you will. Where were you 15 months ago? What have you done since then? Me? Oh, just FIFTEEN DAMNED MONTHS OF CHEMO, that's all. And lest the cursing misleads you, know that I'm actually quite happy right now. Because I have an end date, at last.


Loud and proud.

And insane.


  1. THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!! DANG! So happy for you! Light at the end of the tunnel is a good thing for sure! This put a huge smile on my face and tears of excitement in my eyes. Love you Shell-Dawg!!! XOXOXOXO INFINITY!

  2. P.S., I shouldn't sell myself short. I've done more in the last many months than just chemo. I've moved (twice), travelled, raised the kids, lived life, just like other people do. It's just had a chemo layer in addition to all that. Which, I suppose, makes me slightly bionic. My next post will focus on my bionicism.

  3. i love you. and insurance companies are idiots (where is the logic in denying a pet scan to a person whose recovery depends on a pet scan?)


  4. You are rockin' life...and the chemo has been rockin' the cancer. Tuck in that middle and ring finger and throw it up in the air.
    You rock.

  5. you are a chemo superhero. period.
    great news.
    more prayers on the way!

  6. Sounds like that will make for a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! You are a trooper, you have soldiered on better than most. Congrats!

  7. Hurray! I'm so glad there's an end in sight. You're a strong woman, Shelly.

  8. Oh HAPPY HAPPY Awesome news Shelly! 2013 is going to be something special to celebrate!!

  9. You never cease to amaze me. I feel horrible that you've had so much chemo and am quite relieved there is an end to it.

    About the PET scan, that is unfortunately quite common. Insurance companies denying coverage for it when if they didn't they would cut costs by keeping people off chemo for longer term.

    But in a perfect world...

    Always in my thoughts,