PET Scan (November 6)
From the very beginning I was told by my doctor we would have a PET Scan right before chemo #5 to see if it was working; and if not, what plan B would be. Trust me, it wouldn’t be as easy as ABVD has been for me. If the chemo was working I would get to go off the Bleomycin, which can be toxic to my lungs, and continue with the AVD regimen. This would be the ideal situation. I prayed for this often.
I really can’t believe PET Scan day has arrived. The days leading up to this scan were up and down from complete peace to anxiety and tears. Scanxiety is what it’s called in the cancer world and I had my taste of it. I prayed often. I read scripture often. I leaned on my Hodgkin’s Lymphoma friends often. I knew, no matter the outcome I was ready to continue to fight.
Here I am after they put the radioactive dye in my port. I had to wait a hour before I could get my PET scan to allow the radioactive dye to get throughout my body. David snapped this photo of me right before I went into the machine. I am in the machine about 15 minutes. Inside the machine I called out to the Lord. I prayed for his healing in my life. I prayed for a good outcome from this scan.
One of the many reasons I love Dr. Ghosh and his staff is they don’t keep me waiting. By the time I got home he was calling me with my results.
He said, “I have some good news for you. You have had a complete metabolic response and we detect no cancer!” “REALLY?” I replied. “Praise the Lord” He went on to say that my larger mass has shrunk from approximately 4x5cm to 1x2cm. Then I said “I’ll talk to you on Thursday I have to go cry now”.
Tears of JOY. Tears of THANKFULNESS. Tears of RELIEF.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14
And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. Matthew 21:22
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
I will find out more on Thursday, but I wanted to tell you all this GREAT news. The chemo IS working and I have NO signs of CANCER. I am forever grateful for your love and prayers. I still have a long road ahead of chemo, but I am determined in my fight.
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor