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Results Part 2

9 Apr

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Today is the day. Earlier, I got the call from my doctor with the news I had been waiting for; benign, negative, no cancer detected. After a questionable result in my bloodwork in January, arguing with insurance to get a PET scan then finally getting one in March; finding inflammation on that PET scan which my doctor thought was breast cancer, having a mammogram last week…today was the day I got the call. I am officially cancer free (for now)! I asked about the reason for the abnormal bloodwork…’not sure,’; how about the lymph nodes in my breast area and armpit…’could be a number of different things.’ Oh well, today, like every day, life moves forward and I wait another 6 months for my next round of tests.

Here’s the strange thing, after constantly getting bad news over the years, I had conditioned my mind for the bad. Hearing the good today made me feel a little odd. I was not ecstatic, I felt that ‘hesitant’ happy. I still feel that way now so I guess I need it all to sink in and stew for awhile. Last week I came to the realization that this is my life, my ‘new normal’ is how post cancer patients call it sometimes. I don’t know if there will be a day when simple aches and pains, a cough, a sore throat, a swollen lymph node, etc will not remind me that it could be cancer. I don’t know if there will be a day that passes by without me wondering if I have a cancer cell floating around my body waiting to explode and start growing. But for today, my doctors and my mind tell me I am cancer free so I will continue moving forward seeking the magic.Anna2013

Today I wear YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick in Rouge in Danger which is a deep red. This is not quite a lipstick but has lots more color than the Sheer Candy formulations. I love the YSL lipsticks and glosses. They have full on moisture and feel luxurious on the lips, not to mention the fact that they have beautiful packaging. I chose this color because it’s red and bold, exactly how I want to be! Cheers!

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21 Responses to “Results Part 2”

  1. Beth April 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    Yahoo! I was already happy, but now I’m really, really happy!

    • Anna April 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

      Thanks Beth! I’m happy too…ecstatic? I’ll get there!

  2. sarahyoung1119 April 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Fantastic news! Congratulations!

    • Anna April 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

      Thanks Sarah! FINALLY!!

  3. Jo Heroux April 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    I am smiling with you and for you. For now, relax and LIVE.

    • Anna April 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

      Thanks Jo!

  4. angelaparsonmyers April 10, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    Was thinking about you yesterday and today. I’ve been so busy I’ve missed your posts recently. So glad to hear your good news. May it be repeated for the rest of your long and healthy life.

    • Anna April 10, 2013 at 8:39 am #

      Thank you Angela!

  5. Catherine - Facing Cancer Together April 10, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    I’m so glad for your good news, Anna.

    • Anna April 10, 2013 at 8:39 am #

      Thanks Catherine!

  6. Judy Janke April 10, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    Anna, so happy for your good news… Now live life and enjoy each day..
    Bob has his MRI today at 5 in Ann Arbor. Prayers needed for that please.
    God Bless Anna!!!

    • Anna April 10, 2013 at 8:39 am #

      Hi Judy! Bob’s turn for good news! Hugs and prayers out to both if you!!

  7. Bob Janke April 10, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Yeeessss!!! Woohooo!!! Great news. Mystress level just went down a bit with that news. Now I just have to find out about me. I will be your friend forever. I will stand by your side through all of this as a fellow survivor. Judy and I will always be here for you, dear Anna. BUT I DO HAVE ONE EXCEPTION – I still and will always refuse to wear lipstick!!
    Love Ya,.
    Bob

    • Anna April 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

      Bob, I am always praying for you not only because we are fellow fighters, but you were right by my side in that little waiting room for 7 weeks! A few years later we have followed similar paths. I will also stand by you through all of this! Maybe we will cross paths once again at that great institution since we seem to be there often! Always your friend and prayer warrior, Anna
      PS I think someday I’ll be able to convince you to wear red lipstick if just for a moment (and a picture) 🙂

      • Bob Janke April 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

        Okay, maybe!

  8. Karen Williams Taylor April 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    So thankful that you got good news for a change! Blessings to you and your family and for continued good health.

    • Carole April 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

      Wonderful news, Anna! So happy for you!
      I have an appt. at U of M in two weeks for a 2nd opinion re. Jan. 2013 PET scan that showed very small “hot lymph node” deep near the left jugular. Medical team recommendation was to “watch and wait.” I’m not very good at waiting…..thus the 2nd opinion. Send some prayers. 🙂

      • Anna April 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

        Hi Carole,
        I will definitely be praying for you! I completely understand the hard part of ‘waiting’. Glad you’re getting a second opinion!

    • Anna April 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

      Thanks Kat!

  9. Linda April 10, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    I saw your posting through a mutual friend Anna Johnson, and I had to comment. I am a breast cancer survivor myself. I was diagnosed at 33 years of age. It’s natural to feel what you are feeling and you should allow yourself to feel those emotions. Most importantly, please know that you are not alone. Congratulations on your news! I am very happy for you and wish you nothing, but the very BEST! Linda Fragnoli

    • Anna April 11, 2013 at 6:50 am #

      Thank you Linda, glad you are doing well too!

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