About 2 weeks ago (before her 5th chemo) she had a CAT scan and it showed a large mass in her abdomen area. The doctors were obviously concerned about it and didn’t know what it was, so they decided it was time to do a PET scan. PET scans light up any fast growing cells. Cancerous cells are fast growing, so this scan would show if this mass was indeed cancerous as well as the progress on the rest of her body. Needless to say, it was a very LONG two weeks as we waited for the scan and didn’t know what we were dealing with. If this mass was in fact cancerous, it would mean that the chemo wasn’t working and they would have to start all over with a different type of chemo. The scan was last Thursday and we were all on pins and needles waiting for the results. There were countless prayers being offered that this mass would not be a problem.
My mom called me friday and was bawling, but she said that the mass was gone! It was just completely gone!! I couldn’t figure out why she was crying if the news was good. I guess all of her worries and stress just came pouring out and she could finally relax. It really is a miracle and an answer to MANY prayers. Not only was the mass gone, but her lungs looked really good. There were just a few small spots on her left lung, but they think that could be tissue from her biopsy incision.
Today marks her 6th and FINAL chemo treatment. I think we are all having a hard time believing we are at this point, but I definitely feel like we’ve been given a great gift from Heavenly Father. All of us, especially my mom, get to continue on in life. We get to celebrate these upcoming babies together and not have the stress that we have had. Of course, my mom will continue to be monitored and it will be a long while before her hair returns and she puts on some weight, but the world just feels lighter. Dave commented on just that after Sunday dinner. You could feel the relief and lightness as a family.
I remember months ago when this all started saying to Dave that I couldn’t wait to look back on this time. Because when you are looking back it means that the trial is over!! This trial may not be completely over, but it feels like the hardest part has passed and now we can look back on it and realize how blessed we were and are!