Official results

On Friday I got the official report from the PET scan. On the report, the radiologist found that my lymph nodes showed cancerous activity. Okay I know what you are thinking but keep reading I promise it isn’t as bad as it sounds! My wonderful surgeon took a look at the film and didn’t see the same thing. She got in contact with my oncologist and he agreed with her. She then asked two different radiologists to take a look at my film. They agreed and found that what they see is brown fat. As I understand, it is a good fat that helps us burn calories.  Because brown fat metabolizes sugar, it lights up on a PET scan. You are more likely to have this happen if you are thin and cold when they do the scan. So it really is good news! I am glad I have a great team of doctors that take the time to do research, call others, and really care about their patients!

So now that I am finished with active treatment I am looking forward to six months of freedom!!! I will have to go through another round of scans in six months. I also am still taking Tamoxifen every day to control any estrogen left in my body. I also still go once a month to get Xgeva which helps my bones fight the cancer and build new bone where the cancer attacked. This is an amped up version of Prolia- what someone would take if they had osteoporosis.

I have read about how hard it is for breast cancer survivors to continue on with their life after they finish treatment. Now that I am done I don’t want to think about the fact that I have or had cancer. I don’t want to remember everything I went through and I don’t want to worry about it coming back. I don’t want to be a “survivor” I just want to be a mother and a wife. I want to just live my life as if the last year didn’t happen! The only time I want to be reminded of the cancer is when I go to the doctor. I guess in my mind if I don’t acknowledge the fact that I have breast cancer then it doesn’t exist and I won’t give it an opportunity to come back.


6 thoughts on “Official results

  1. As I was reading your post the verse that came to my mind was 2 Cor. 5:17:
    “Therefore if any man (woman) is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come!”
    You are a new person, cancer free. Praise God!

  2. Michelle, this is wonderful news and a great way of thinking in life. Live for today and enjoy what you have and don’t worry about yesterday. You and your family will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Such wonderful news, Shelly. I love your remark about not wanting to just be a survivor, but rather a mother and a wife.
    I have admired your approach to your challenge. Blessings to you. Helen Erwin Witherspoon

  4. We praise the Lord for your good report!! We will continue to pray that you will have a good 6 months and that you will keep on recovering and by the grace of God the cancer will not show up again!!!Keep looking up and praising God. Give those sweet little ones a hug from Grandma(2). We love you all.
    Love, Grandma

  5. Shelly,

    I’m so glad to read your wonderful news! I love your attitude of living in the moment! I will continue to pray for you and the family! Say “hi” to them for us! We’re actually going to be driving through the next two weekends!

    Take care!


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