Baldies' Blog began originally in the UK by a 26 year old journalist with a blood cancer on a mission to inform the world about bone marrow donation.

He has since died, and I took on the cause of making cancer care more transparent for everybody.

Cancer is a disease that will touch everybody through diagnosis or affiliation: 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed and 1 in 3 woman will hear those words, "You Have Cancer."

I invite you to read how I feel along my journey and
how I am continuing to live a full life alongside my Hodgkin's lymphoma, with me controlling my cancer, not my cancer controlling me.

I hope that "Baldies' Blog" will prepare you to handle whatever life sends you, but especially if it's the message, "You Have Cancer."

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Are You Ready?

I have news. . . . .
Is everybbody ready for this shocker?
My PET scan showed NO SIGNS of lymphoma!
This means I've officially gone two full months without a reoccurrence of my cancer, and will hopefully be going many, many more.
I don't think I've gone this long cancerfree since 2006 or 2007.
This is a triumph worth celebrating, and I am with a trip to Heather's house.
X and J voted a while ago that it was time to ditch the short hair for some long locks.
J was especially adamant that this had to happen to signify the end of an era.
I think I'll go buy a hair brush and pretty head bands to control my mop of thick black hair.
Of course, with my success there is a price to pay.
My life is just one double edged sword.
My lungs show several areas similar to how the abscess that almost killed me presented.
Even worse, with my 60,30,60 mg ms contin regimen I can still feel where these infiltrates may be.
Trying to breath, cough, yawn, or talk with an abscess was more painful than natural child birth.
I know. I can compare the two.
With the length of my treatment I will likely always suffer side effects.
I have the option of taking prednisone, but this will kill the graft vs. host disease that is likely keeping me in remission.
We'll just keep praying that my lungs continue to heal.
Now that I'm not going to dedicate day in and day out to fighting cancer I can actually move on to other things. . . . like combating the long term damage.
I hope everyone will understand that a negative PET scan is not a magic wand that undoes all I have gone through in the past four years, but hopefully it marks a new beginning.


Anonymous said...

I think this is awesome news Hillary ... & I for one, hope that you get by the lung issues quickly & get on with living many healthy & happy years.

Take care & stay well ... & I'll try to swing by to see you tomorrow.


... said...

Wow! Congrats! Here's to hoping that remission is long, long, long term, and that healing will come to your lungs. We'll pray for you, and know that your own faith and prayers will be the special balm that soothes your soul. God bless you, Hillary. You are strong and brave.

Daria said...

That is wonderful news ...

Anonymous said...

Ditto all that...except, of course, there is no way I can swing by and see you...LOL! But that really is happy news, Hillary. And your lungs will surely heal...slowly perhaps, but surely.


Anonymous said...

in one awesome word... waaaaaahoooooooooooooo!!! <3