Friday, January 29, 2010

Doing Great!

Hello everyone. Thank you for all the prayers and support over the last few weeks.

I have to say this was the easiest thing I have been through, procedure/treatment wise in almost 3 years. I recovered quickly and well (something that NEVER seems to happen in my circumstances). Before even the first week was out I was in no pain, and wasn't even sore. I don't even think this procedure is going to leave a scar. Though it really can't compete with the big momma-jomma scar I already have. That will always be my best one heh?

So I am going to go for a CT scan next wed, which will start documentation of the baseline of what my liver and the tumor looks like post ablation, with subsequent scans to follow and mark the progression of healing(of liver) and death(of tumor). We are still moving toward the cyberknife treatment but as Dr. Moriarty said to me the other day "lets just see where the dust settles." But my impression is that the cyberknife will also be done but maybe in a month or two.

Here is the link to cyberknife info (because I am horrible at explaining it).

And now for just some icing on the cake. My CEA before the procedure was at 52 with us expecting it to rise after the procedure, because that's generally what happens when you go in there "sturrin up some stuff." But today I was told that it is at 29! I was happily shocked and it felt great to hear good news like that again. It was a small sweet victory and I was savoring it all day.

Thanks again for all of you support. The best notes of love and support and funny jokes always come at a perfect time. I hope you all know I am praying for you all who pray for me and my family and love us and support us. We are so grateful for all your help.

With Much Love,


Teresa Loughnane said...

Way to go Karen! Hopefully the falling CEA level means the tumour is biting the dust. Great news and thanks for the update. Thinking of you all. Love
Teresa xx

Don MacLeod said...

Hey Karen

I'm thinking about getting a rusty zipper tattoo over my big moma-jomma surgery scar. Hey if it's going to draw attention at the beach I might as well have some fun. 8?}

Hold Fast
Don MacLeod

Anonymous said...

Great news Karen. You have worked for it you prayed for it and you really deserve it!!!!
I hope the kids are well and I know Francis is rejoicing with you.
Love Jo.(Limk.)

Anonymous said...

Great news Karen. We are all rejoicing and thanking God. I'll be having Frank, Edie, Jim, Teresa, Mike, & kids tomorrow and we will all celebrate this victory. Keep going with that strong faith & good cheer. Regards & lots of love to Francis, Sydney & Ethan. Brigid

Anonymous said...

Yeah this is just the kind of news that I love to hear.

Prayers for continued healing.


Everyday Survivor said...

Hi! just happy to know you are doing well..keep it up..

My prayers goes out to you and your family.


Isaura said...

Great news Karen
Happy for you

James said...


Catherine said...

Thats brilliant Karen, its terrific that you recovered so well and the falling CEA is the icing on the cake. WELL DONE! lots of love to you,Fran and Sydney and Ethan

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Denise said...

I am creating a website called god Is Bigger Than My cancer and I want to include a blog roll of Christian bloggers. May i add yours?

Anonymous said...

喔!最悲慘的事並非夭折早逝,而是當我活到七十五歲,卻發現自己從未真正活過。 ..................................................