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I’m combining my weekly (or monthly lately) Thinking, Playing and Reading post with some great news!
Let’s do the good news first! Last week Abbey called me while I was driving, crying and incoherent. I heard “Dr. Desai called me….” and nothing else. Of course my stomach dropped as that is her oncologist and I do what moms do everywhere-say “Calm down I can’t understand, what’s wrong?” and think the worst.
But it was THE BEST NEWS. She had a PET scan the week before, about 2 weeks after her 4th (and terrible) chemo session. I hadn’t expected news about that PET scan for another week, and we fully expected to hear that she needed four more chemo treatments.
The PET scan showed that the first four treatments were so effective she needed no more chemo! I kept saying, “Really, are you sure? What did she exactly? It’s all gone?” We were both crying with happiness and relief and just pent up tears from holding it all in during the last couple months.
She will have to have radiation-we have not met with the doctor yet for the protocol, so we don’t have specifics. I never had to have radiation with my treatment so I don’t know what to expect but we know it has to be better than her really tough chemo regimen. Right now she is in good spirits, thin and bald (but boy does she look gorgeous!) and traumatized but she is a toughie and knows how to take good care of herself as she processes it all. I will not lie-her body responded well to chemo in terms of the cancer being wiped out, but she reacted so so badly to it in every way. The nurses at one point (who all loved her in the treatment center) told me that she was as sick as anyone they’ve ever seen. She had just about every side effect and reaction to the drugs that they gave her to combat those side effects. She had to delay one treatment due to low counts and that would have continued to happen, had we not had this great news.
Thank you SO much for your notes, and gifts, and prayers. Really, Abbey has said to me on more than one occasion, “I get the nicest comments and messages from your readers Mom, like the nicest people every follow you.” And I agree! I hope you each know how much all that support has meant to both of us, and know that it will all be paid forward because we intend to use our experiences with cancer to help others enduring the same thing. That’s how the world works when it is good!
I can’t wait for this to be completely over for her and so she can get on with life, albeit a changed life for sure-that’s what cancer does, good and bad.
On to Thinking, Playing Reading:
I’ve been walking and listening to such a great informative podcast. I’ve learned so so much and can’t wait for my walk to learn to more. It’s called The Huberman Lab. If you’ve ever wanted to optimize your mental (so much information about anxiety and depression) and physical health this is a great podcast. It really gets behind the science and he’s just about the best professor in the way he explains things.
A few of our favorites, most on sale!
A couple of our favorite Christmas books from our small collection:
Thank you again for all your support!