The utter awesomeness of unremarkable

Quick report here starting with a simple turn of phrase. In the topsy turvy world of cancer, where progression is unwelcome, the word unremarkable is a guest of honor. Dull, uninteresting, common, ordinary.

In describing my latest scan, Alice used that parlance—the tumor abutting my heart is unremarkable. More than likely it is the schmutz in the bottom of my lung that is responsible for both cough and shortness of breath. However, most reassuringly, that area of cancer has not changed in the two months since my biopsy. Hopefully this is indicative of a less aggressive spread.

Per the biopsy itself, results are pending. Thus far we have one tiny nugget of information; my cancer shows no MET amplification. By the end of the week, we should know more.

In the meantime, I think I need to stop feeling sorry for myself. Not let the bedbugs (they will be spraying a third time) get me down. Drag my ass back to the gym. Start painting again. Maybe go on some more dates.

Cut back on the gloom and start feeding my mojo instead.

Suggestions welcome 🙂

11 responses to “The utter awesomeness of unremarkable

  1. That’s good news! At least not bad news. I’m sure you’ll take it! So glad.

  2. Glad to hear the encouraging news. I have not been able to shake similar symptoms, hopefully the cause is similar!

  3. Great news phew I was worried! Find a yoga class and stretch out that gloom my friend!

  4. Hallelujah! (It still means Hallelujah in the cancer world). I am so happy for you Linnea. I remember all to well about scanxiety and also walking into to see Dr. Shaw (I still can’t bring myself to call her Alice, as I consider her a Goddess, as well!) wanting to hear anything “unremarkable”, and crying out of pure joy and gratitude afterwards . You are my connection to genuine hope . . . and somehow Peter. Cudos to you and Dr. Shaw!!

  5. I think you need a weekend away from the bed bugs — How about the W? I will spring for it. 2 nights – let me know when and I’ll reserve it. You don’t know me but I feel like I know you and it’s something little I can do when you have done so much to keep everybody propped up.

  6. Gregg Baumbaugh

    As all of us dealing with this disease know we are never completely out of the woods. But we take all the good news we can find!

  7. Sounds like you have some living to do! Congrats on the unremarkable.

  8. Maybe chatting with someone else who is idealing with stage IV NSCLC situation like me?? Just a thought?

  9. Good news! Try and pick up one thing gym, painting and get back into it. Or Oscar nominations are out hit up the movies. My scans and MRI are in the next few weeks after a few insurance delays and internally I am going crazy and will not exhale until I know results. In the meanwhile I try to keep engaged in something. When do you expect the path results?

    I love your posts. You just put it out there with such honesty and the way you express your thoughts I can so relate to it. Always grateful for you sharing. Sending good thoughts and mojo always.

  10. Yay! I’m so happy to hear this, Linnea!

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