Just needed to let you know that I'm free of cancer. I had my colonoscopy on Monday and if a colon can be called clean, mine was. They showed me pictures they took during the procedure and they actually used the words: "You are cancer free!"
I'm not sure they would call me a cancer survivor, since you usually have to be free of this dreaded disease for five years before they use the word "survivor", but I am a survivor!!! I know they have to keep checking on me, but I don't have to go back for any procedures until a year from now.
The bad news is that during this whole mess, I lost a lot of weight (70 pounds). The good news is that I'm gorgeous! A few more wrinkles are showing, but they are a badge of survival! I'll wear them proudly.
My Oncologist said that my surgeon was very smart to have removed as much of my colon as he did (85%). He took out 23 lymph nodes, even tho it turned out only 2 were malignant. He said that by doing that, he made sure he got it all out during surgery and the chemo was definitely precautionary.
I was also fortunate that a foundation came to my rescue to help pay the majority of the doctors and other service providers for my co-pay portion of the bills. Just the chemo co-pay was almost a thousand dollars a MONTH. Five months/10 treatments ... you can do the math. There is no way I could have paid that. As it is, there is still $1000 that I owe my Oncologist that the foundation doesn't pay... But, thank God for these kinds of services which are available to us.
I hope my healing is encouraging to others who might be having similar circumstances. Just keep a positive attitude, no matter how difficult it may seem, and keep positive people around you to encourage you. I had so many family members and the best of friends who kept me "up" daily, and I had God who promised me my healing, and I believed Him! What a miracle I have received!
Don't tell GOD how big your storm is! Tell the storm how big your GOD is!