Scan report: 4/29/2013

I’m delighted to write that I have not posted a blog simply because I have been too busy living my life. Over the next few days I hope to rectify the lack of communication by playing catch-up. I may as well start with my last scan—being presented here in unadulterated fashion. Couple of notes; for the uninitiated, ground glass refers to patchy or lace-like areas which represent some form of inflammation and/or cancer. We always hope for the former, but in my case, it is likely the latter. Also, the pericardial effusion is not actually new—but rather has been noted for some time, as has the pleural effusion:  no biggie.

linnea radiology 4:13001As for what this all means; in short I continue to have progression. Not marked, but Dr. Shaw felt ‘little significant change’ was not quite adequate either. However, as I am tolerating the alimta and feel pretty well overall followed by one week of feeling just about fabulous, there is no discussion about changing up therapies yet.

Also noted at my appointment was the fact that I have gained fifteen pounds in four months. I was pretty skinny coming into chemotherapy, so this is a good thing. However, at least some of the weight is due to steroids, and therefore not evenly distributed. I’ve got a bit of moon face going on, and my fingers and toes are sorta chubby—merely enhancing my resemblance to a big baby (more about that later).

14 responses to “Scan report: 4/29/2013

  1. grayconnections

    Boo for progression, but YAY! for feeling just about fabulous! And a Woohoo! for living life despite cancer.

    • And congrats to you on the two year mark. May we all continue to persevere and to revel when able.


  2. Very glad to hear this today, both for you (okay, would prefer regression in those cells or at least no progression, but at least it is slight and treatment can be continued) and for me, as I needed an uplifting view of cancer and my own personal future. Thank you on all counts.

    • Marie, we go up, we go down. Sometimes more than once in the same day. But we remind ourselves that it is all about the ride—bumps and all. Much love,

  3. That you are feeling good and busy living life is great!

  4. keep living with it ! I know so many people that have no glass like bits or nodules …..but are living , less alive, than you and many others living WITH cancer. Your blog helps us all!!! Sara xxxxx

    • Thank you Sara. I suppose that knowing something might be taken from us makes us that much more aware of its intrinsic value. livelovelife


  5. I wish more of it could have remained stable, but if it’s not time to change Rx Tx then that seems managable, especially if there’s also some symptom relief.

    Best hopes,


    • Hey Craig, you know how much I wish it had remained stable too. I’m going to have to practice a little bit of mind over matter in the coming months—to try to stretch this particular therapy out. I am grateful that I have some really good days, that I’ve got my mojo back, and that Alice is leading the way.


  6. it is not surprising to hear that you are “dancing in the rain” my friend. Way too many people choose not to engage with the beauty of life around them; you are most definitely someone who touches the lives of others with your ability to stay real and continue to live life fully. love you

    • Thank you Lorraine. It was a long winter and now that spring is here, I don’t want to waste a moment.

      love you,

  7. Glad to read you are feeling well Linnea. Happy Mother’s Day!

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