Seems like mostly good news!

Oia Santorini Greece and a beautiful church with blue roof
Oia Santorini Greece and a beautiful church with blue roof

A peaceful “grab” shot from my favorite place in the entire world —- Santorini, Greece.  I photographed this to look pastel and peaceful.  My mind loves traveling to the Greek Islands that I love so much.

I am thanking all of you today for all your prayers and support.  I also am thanking God for what seems like mostly good news from my oncologist today.  I just got the email from him and I sure prayed before I read the news!  Thank God for the news.

It seems the CAT Scan was basically stable.  No appearances of any cancer metastasizing anywhere else….. and that IS really good news.

I will learn much more from the oncology visit this Monday.   While “basically stable” sounds good, I have several major questions to address with him:

—We did 25 consecutive chemo/radiation day treatments aimed directly at the tumor…. it seems that would have REDUCED the tumor somehow rather than just stable?  I will need to look at scans carefully with him.

—How can we get this so that I can eat ANYTHING?  I have not swallowed one bit of food since March and that is the main reason I have lost so much weight.  I get nutrition from a J tube with fluid bypassing my stomach direct into my colon, and that takes 15 hours hooked to a bag in the evening & overnight.  I am hoping we can somehow find a way to eat something and have my stomach move it along.  That would make my life so much better!

But I am happy with the news… and thankful.  Still a long way to go to be cured, but so many people are praying for a miracle that I feel I have a small army behind me.   And that feels so powerful and good.

Again, I hope that this blog continues to inspire others as people have problems & troubles in their life.  I hope my positive nature can continue to help others — that would make me happy.

Cheers, everyone.

This is a very big week!

Colorful panoramic of Machu Picchu ruins from above in beautiful Peru
Colorful panoramic of Machu Picchu ruins from above in beautiful Peru

Tomorrow I go for my first CT Scan in about 2 months since I had 25 weekdays in a row of chemo & radiation.  I had to wait this long to have my insides “settle” to assure the Scan would not be a false reading. It has not been an easy wait.

It will take several days to get the results, so I will let you all know when I know something.  This could be good news or bad news…… I am prepared for either at the best peace my mind can muster.  My will to live is still so strong and I will not let this cancer destroy any of my spirit.

I can still use all your prayers as I so much want to gain weight and strength.  But I am surprisingly at peace.

I looked for my most peaceful image today and found a panoramic of my first visit years ago to Machu Picchu, Peru.  Perched in a valley of fabulous peaks, I brought my heavy 6 X 17 panoramic camera up the mountain and I love what it captured.  A perfect peaceful vista.

I send hugs and warmth to all of you as I enter this pivotal week in my battle with this horrible cancer.  I need your prayers, but I also can say that I hope I have been some small type of inspiration to all those fighting any fears, problems or setbacks.  My entire life I have attempted to inspire others….. hope I can still do that.

Cheers to all of you.

On the edge

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Still on edge waiting to have a full CT Scan on July 24th.  That will either give good news or not so good news.  I am praying for good.

Since I’m on edge, I found the cover photo of my 15th book “Remember The Joy”.  My client shot this image of me and I was not supposed to be that far out on the cliff.  But that is how I lived much of my life.  Look how close my one tripod leg is to slipping off!  Fun!  Keep the prayers coming please….

Still not eating, but waiting for results

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Only for one week every other year, Brussels, Belgium comes alive with this beautiful live Flower Carpet. I was lucky enough to be there at the right time several years ago in the Grand-Place square in the city center. It is just plain wonderful! I can still smell these flowers!  I like seeing these here today.

I am still very weak from weight loss and still just waiting for the CT Scan on the 24th.  That should tell me a lot.  Scary, but reality.

Please keep those prayers coming!  I can use them.

I send cheer to everyone out there that needs a lift.

Just waiting until I get CT Scan

Just been waiting for my insides to settle down from all the chemo & radiation treatments so I can get a TRUE CT Scan.  Not easy just waiting and it is a little scary.

But I will continue to FIGHT!  You all know that to be true.

Have a good July 4th Weekend.