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Good News . . .

It has been a long time since my last post. I really did not feel well for the first couple of months of this targeted chemo but gave it “my best shot.” Two weeks ago I saw the oncologist and said that I was finally feeling a bit optimistic because I thought my energy level was improving – but food still didn’t appeal to me and I continued to have med related feelings of nausea. The day after that visit I had a great day – felt like I haven’t in a year. This alternated with “off days” but I continued to feel and look better and energy levels picked up and I started feeling so darn hopeful. That’s the scary part – I was to have my PET scan and was afraid that somehow my feeling so great was just a fluke.

Wednesday I had the PET scan. Some of you know that hawks have become a symbol for me. One of my doctors and my cousin gave me St. Peregine medals – St. Peregrine was cured of cancer because of his faith – and it all seemed tied together. I have always looked for hawks on my way to and from McHenry – and saw them often enough. Well- when I came out of the hospital after the PET scan there was a hawk soaring above the entrance . . .it was really awesome to see. Hope may start as that “little winged thing” but it feels really good when it soars.

I saw my scan results yesterday. Still shadowy but it appears that the chemo is really working its magic. No appreciable inflammation any more – even the one affected lymph node is clear -and no signs of metastasis. I saw the oncologist today – for now I can expect to continue to feel better – I will continue to take the drug – and will continue to feel hopeful. There is once more a possible gynecological issue I will have to have checked out – but I’m okay with that as long as my lungs are clearing. There is still some fluid – the doctor feels it is part and parcel of the cancer and having had pneumonia twice and will possibly clear up as well.

It feels so wonderful to feel really well. Now I will just “keep on trucking” and hope for the best.  Enjoy every day!


  1. Nancy Thomason

    I am SO glad to see this report from you….so glad you are feeling better…..so glad the scan is looking so good……and so glad the lymph node looks clear.
    I didn’t know you connected in thought and spirit with the hawks so much. I will watch for them here, and think of you, soaring and flying.
    I truly think your attitude has been the best medicine, or at least the best adjunct to the medicine you are receiving, Keep going.
    And yes……..great advice for everyone…… Enjoy and relish every day.
    Love you. Hugs.

  2. Lisa Thomason

    Nancy, thank you. I can’t tell you how relieved I was to get this news. Also on the plus side – if and when this stops working there are three more different treatments the doctor has mentioned and two more have been approved within the last week. I just can’t even emphasize enough how much better I felt all of a sudden. It is a wonderful feeling. Love to you too, Lisa

  3. Susan Richman

    Hello Lisa!!! I echo Nancy’s thoughts completely– this is *wonderful* news… and most wonderful for *you* to have heard it ;-). So, YES, looks like you can *trust* your body that it’s really truly telling you things are getting BETTER, that this process is *working* and you are *getting there*. Treasure each of those good days! Must have felt like a miracle ;-). Yes, very special about the hawks– what a lovely connection!!

    Lots of love to you, and still amazed at your fortitude in making it out to Seattle in the summer, and walking all about the city!


    • Lisa Thomason

      Suzy – Thank you, and it does seem like a miracle. Love and hugs back to you. I am so glad my doctor also encouraged the Seattle trip. Life IS good! Lisa

  4. Rise

    Thanks so much for taking time to post this update. I think of you and pray for you often, but was getting very concerned that you hadn’t posted an update. So thankful for the good news! I too will begin looking for hawks and think of you! Love you so much!

    • lisa

      Rise – thank YOU for your prayers and kind thoughts. Please do look for the hawks – and owls as well – there is something so fierce and yet fragile about the birds of prey and because of that they have become so symbolic. Love to you too, Lisa

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