~Living my Life with Lymphoma~
I met with my hematologist today to go over the results of the PET scan I had on Tuesday. Unfortunately, there’s an area that has been reduced by 75%, but is still active, and logically cannot remain in my body. The rest of the disease is gone! I’m scheduled to meet with a radiation oncologist next week, and waiting for an appointment with the Stem Cell Transplant team. My hematologist still hopes for a cure and needs input from these two specialties to continue on.
Although it’s not the news we were dreaming of, it is reality and needs to be accepted and dealt with. I will continue on knowing that I have an amazing support network of family and friends, and even some people I don’t know. Please know that whether you’ve written to me responding to my post(s) or have read my posts and followed along silently, I’m indebted to your kindness for doing so.
My cousin-in-law Larry wrote a song and composed the music for a friend of his in 2009 who was dealing with cancer. He pulled it out of the vault and sent it to me. It’s called “She Believes”, and I have attached some of the lyrics.
She had all the little things that mattered in life
The future was good
Plans were aligned
The day she left the room devastated
A turn for the worst, unanticipated.
She believes in her heart
She’s never unsure
Believes in her soul
She just has to endure
Her courage is strong
Her spirit is tough
She believes in herself
And that’s enough
My Blog host, WordPress is unable to accommodate an MP3 attachment, but the song, sung by Larry and piano played by him is beautiful and meaningful to me. My heartfelt thanks to him.
As I wait for my appointments, I plan on enjoying the holiday season that’s upon us. Brian and I have gone to some Victorian Strolls in nearby cities and are going to two more. We’ve been invited to a couple of house parties and are looking forward to them as well.
Meanwhile, I’ll keep busy by painting and applying some techniques I’ve learned in a watercolor class I’ve been taking. Here’s one from this semester.
The act of painting is meditative. If something turns out good, it’s a bonus.
Happy Holidays to all.