The Good and the Bad

So today I got the results of my scan. I know many of you are on pins and needles waiting to hear what the result are. I have to be honest, in the past I would have been going crazy. This time however I told myself it wouldn’t matter what the results were, we were going to just deal with it. So do you want the good news or the bad news first. Well if you are like me you want to hear the bad so here goes: There is still cancer in my spine. Now on to the good news. The cancer is shrinking!!! The chemo is doing its job. The cancer in my shoulder bone is gone as well as the one in my hip bone. My spine isn’t lighting up as much as it did last time which means all those lesions are shrinking. This is awesome news. So what are we doing in the way of treatment? We are going to continue the Gemzar for another 3 months and then try another hormone treatment. This time however I will be taking a hormone that is given to post menopausal women. The thought is that since I don’t have any ovaries I must be through menopause so hopefully this hormone will work. As far as the aching in my hip and spine, the cancer has left a lot of damage to my spine so the doctor thinks this could be causing the aching. I am now officially half-way though my treatment and it feels so good.

This weeks my numbers were all really good. They all have increased which means I get 1000 for my dose. I also get my Aranesp shot (will help increase my red blood cells)  Once again today is a bad day for a needle diva!

I thought I would share some pictures I took over my chemocation.

Here are some dresses I made the girls. Abby calls it her monkey frog dress. You can see more pictures HERE

Here is a picture of us enjoying the outdoors. Last week it was beautiful (can’t remember what day- stupid chemo brain!) The sun felt great and the girls loved being outside.

Here is a picture of Jett. For some reason I don’t take or post a lot of pictures of him. Jett is very much like me because he loves to read. If you ask my parents they will tell you I always had a book in my hand. Jett is the same way.

And finally I thought I would update everyone on the status of “The Sick House.” John finally caught what was going through our house, and he got it the worse. What we thought was just a cold turned out to be Type A flu. The funny thing is that John actually got a flu shot early in the season as did Jett and the girls. I, however did not. Jett still hasn’t come down with anything and the girls got a mild version of the flu. I suffered for a few days but it was nothing like John. He is still struggling to get back on his feet.


11 thoughts on “The Good and the Bad

  1. Joshua 1:9~ Be not afraid neither be thou dismayed for the Lord thy God is with Thee….Be strong and of a good courage.
    Praying for You 🙂
    God Bless You and Your lovely family 🙂

  2. Well, the good news certainly outweighs the bad! I am so glad the chemo is working. But, most especially, we know that our Mighty God is working! May He continue to pour out His love, mercy and HEALING on you. We will be praying for John as well.
    Love you!

  3. Dear Shelly, my heart sank when I read that the cancer is still in your spine but the next line about it shrinking gave me cause to rejoice. I’m so happy for every bit of good news you get. The pictures are so cute. Thanks for sharing your little family with us. I’m always wondering what adorable fabric creations you’ll come up with next and look forward to seeing the girls wearing them. You’re a wonderful inspiration, my dear.

  4. Dear Shelly,

    Of course I have been waiting on pins and needles to hear the test results, which is not showing faith. I’m
    very thankful God is still there at all times even through our lack of faith and continues to say,I,m still here.

  5. PRAISE THE LORD JUST SAYS IT ALL. We have prayed so hard and will continue to pray for you. Still loving the pictures.
    Still Praying in Pewee Valley
    Ronnie and Debbie

  6. Your amazing Michelle. I continue to pray for you and your family. God has blessed you with such courage and strength that inspire not only myself, but many others as well. May He continue to Bless you.
    With love, care and prayer

  7. We’re glad to hear the good news, now let’s continue to pray the bad will go to good. We’ll continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Very thankful to hear the chemo is doing it’s job and that a new hormone treatment is planned. I admire your strength and courage and will continue to keep you in prayer. I love seeing the pictures you post and especially loved today’s where you are wearing a smile. Stay positive!!!


  9. Thank God! That is great news. And for the chemo brain that can also be called mommy brain too. All moms can be forgetful at times because of all the things we do. My prayers are with you and your family. And again Praise God, because it is working!

  10. So glad that sunshine and health are in your household again! PRaise God that the cancer is shrinking and you have high cell counts! Continued prayers for God’s hand in your health and your family

  11. Hi Michelle,
    Just getting on here today and reading your news. That is wonderful that the cancer is shrinking and your counts are up. Praise to God! You continue to amaze me with your strength and courage. You are always in my prayers! Wish I didn’t live so far away.
    God Bless,

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