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Monday, May 2, 2011

Rainbows are Real...

As I was talking to Dr. Spell today, I asked him about my next Rituxan treatment in 6 months...And I was overwhelmed by his response (like about to hug him overwhelmed)...

I found out that Lo-Grade Lymphoma (which seems less frightening, but really is the incurable kind) requires maintenance Rituxan every 6 months for 2 years, but Aggressive Lymphoma (sounds worse, but it is actually curable) only requires two maintenance Rituxan treatments - Guess what kind I have???  Aggressive...which means I AM DONE!!!! For once, I've done something right - I have the RIGHT KIND of lymphoma!

NO MORE STEROIDS!!!  NO MORE FIVE HOUR TREATMENTS!!!  NO MORE MEDI-PORT!!!  I may finally sleep on my back again (without the use of sleeping pills)!  You think when the surgeon removes the medi-port he might like to try his hand at plastic surgery?!?

This makes the sweating, the discomfort from the needle hitting a nerve, the hand, leg and foot cramps that have already dropped me to the floor today, and the drop in White Blood count that might hit on Wednesday even more tolerable this week...I had to share the GOOD NEWS with everyone!

To a girl who gained 40 pounds during Chemo - this means a return to healthy eating WITHOUT the interruption of steroids every 6 months...give me a break - I'm still a girl who would prefer to fit in her old clothes rather than buy more plus sized ditties...

And I have the perfect sign...

 
I hope you had an awesome day too!

13 comments:

Amy said...

You did your time, sister! I'm so happy for your wonderful news. And for the record, your gorgeous smile glows no matter what size you are... but I'm thrilled that life will be "back to normal" for you again soon. xoxo

Sandy said...

You did it!! All is wonderful and amazing!!

Deron and Tina said...

So glad to hear the good news Heather! Keep kicking cancer's butt!

Glo said...

Woo Hoo!!! I'm really happy for you! Your news even made my day! May God keep blessing you girlfriend!

Christine Ochsner said...

Congrats ms heather!!! I am so glad to hear this wonderful news!!! You're an inspiration. It was great to see you and Morgan on Saturday. Praying for you!

Ali said...

Wonderful news!

Kathleen Loughran said...

I haven't been on the Internet much lately so I am reading your great news for the first time. I am trying to make sure no one here at work sees me crying. I am so so very happy for you. This is WOW so freaking great.

Mel said...

Awesome news! Smile you did it.

Jennifer said...

Yay! So happy for you!

Ann said...

YEAH!!!! YEAH!!!!! YEAH!!!! I can't think of anyone who deserves this good news more!

Kristen said...

Oh Heather, your news just made my night! Woo Hoo!!!!

Dawn H. said...

So am I correct in assuming that our next date will be at Rue Beignet, sometime next week? After all, they do serve Coke Zero. (OK, that's another assumption, but they do, don't they?)

Shall we meet there, or shall I pick you up? Cuz if I'm picking you up, I need some advance notice in order to blow out the van (yes, using the leaf blower) and then power wash it. On the inside.

Sally @ Dont Wake the Kids said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you! You are so inspirational. I'm still praying for you that everything continues to come up rainbows. :)