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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

So it’s been 9 months, and I finally gave “birth” via c-incision (chest) to a .5 ounce pointy headed “baby” with it’s umbilical (catheter) still attached. It’s name is PORTia. We chose this name because every time we see it, it will remind us that the money we would have had to spend (if we didn’t have insurance) would have bought us a Porsche, a Ferrari and probably more. But no matter what the cost, the final results is priceless!

YES!!! My most recent PET scan showed zero uptake which says I am free of cancer!!!

While these 9 months have been hard, emotional and scary and I never hope to repeat them, they have taught me something very important things I wouldn’t trade...

I have an amazing family and awesome friends.
I am stronger than I ever thought, more so than my original belief of this after my first marathon.
I can handle the pain without the drugs, but will use them when I feel it is necessary - they don’t show weakness.
I won’t sweat the little stuff and most problems are little. If I can’t fix them they will many times fix themselves.
Exercise is my friend. It got me though the cancer treatment by helping both physically and mentally, and is now helping me get back my energy.
I”m going to have to learn to work with my chemo induced joint pain because the alternative isn’t acceptable.
I’m not going to complain about how expensive insurance is, not having it would have cost more.
Mend fences.
The past is in the past, let it lie, let it die.
Now is what counts.
The future will come no matter what, so work to make it a good one.
I always wondered what I would look like with no hair... now I know.
It is health and not weight that matters.
Listen to your body.
Make the doctor listen to you or get a different doctor.
Don’t fear the diagnosis, face it head on, and work to fix it, if at all possible.
Celebrate! There is always something worth celebrating.

While I wouldn’t want to go through the last 9 months again, I wouldn’t want to give back what I learned during my cancer journey.

I didn’t just give “birth” to my port today, I gave birth to a new life.

For those who are curious, I will be checked every 3 months with an exam and a CT scan every 6 months for the next 2 years, but the probability of the cancer returning is extremely small.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LINDAMARIEZ1 6/14/2015 7:50AM

    prayers always stay healthy!


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XENA1956 6/19/2013 8:39PM

    I was so glad to read this blog and find out that all is well with you and that the cancer is gone. I am sorry I wasn't here to support you while you were going through with all your cancer treatment. Do know that I did think of you often and wondered about your out come, along with blessings on your return to good health. xo Teri emoticon

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SOCKITTOME 4/26/2012 10:06PM

    Woot woot woot woot!!!!!! Congrats on getting through a very tough journey with such flair and grace. You are awesome!!

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SPARKFRAN514 4/19/2012 7:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIVIAV 4/19/2012 5:07PM

    And before you know it you'll be 5 years free and clear! Go Woman Go!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 4/19/2012 8:00AM

    I love 'club NED' (No evidence of disease). Way to go!!!!

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BAKER1009 4/19/2012 7:55AM

    That is wonderful news!

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COACH_NICOLE 4/19/2012 7:36AM

    So happy for you!

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CARLANNIE 4/19/2012 7:33AM

    I am so dang happy for you! What a struggle you have been through. And I love all your bullet points there - they are all so true. Any chance you can still take that trip to Europe?

Just know I'm doing the Happy Dance for you over here!!! emoticon

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CORNERKICK 4/19/2012 12:00AM

  Awesome news!

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LAURACONNER 4/18/2012 11:41PM

    Oh Janet - I am so, so happy, ecstatic for you and your family. You are amazing and strong and my role model. God's so great!!!! Hugs coming your way, hugs, hugs, hugs!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEST_OF_ARIN 4/18/2012 11:25PM

    So awesome!!! I'm so happy for you! What great news for you and your family!

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LAURIE5658 4/18/2012 10:52PM

    Hallelujah! Simply said.


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