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Time to PARTY, despite my expiration date.

February 25, 2010

Great news! The scans show nothing new. The spots they thought might be suspicious last time are nothing. Furthermore, the spot on my right rib is stable in size and now looks like merely a fracture rather than a fracture with cancer in it. The spot in my left lung has decreased in size slightly and is “less substantial,” meaning it’s starting to get mushy instead of being solid.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=stick+out+tongue&iid=5162192″ src=”4/9/4/3/Closeup_of_a_d73c.jpg?adImageId=10732918&imageId=5162192″ width=”234″ height=”450″ /]Conclusion of the scan report: “Overall, no sign of progression of disease. Continued surveillance of the left upper lobe changes is appropriate.”

This is about as good as it gets at this stage. So, since what we’re doing seems to be working we’re going to stay the course for three more months. Unfortunately, that means I re-start chemo next week. Then I’ll  have a PET scan to see if things are still looking good. The hope is that I will then be released into the general population.

I recently had a life insurance actuary give me an estimated life expectancy based on my diagnosis. If I were to believe what the actuary came up with, my expiration date would be “Use or freeze by Autumn 2013.” I was getting very paranoid that he might be right and getting myself all worked up about these scans. I think I’ll prove the actuary wrong. So nya nya nya Mr. Actuary. Here is a raspberry for you:

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27 Comments leave one →
  1. Marcia permalink
    February 25, 2010 6:26 pm

    Actuary schmactuary. I am totally thrilled for your good news. Hey, is that a photo of Jill as a Young Girl??

    • Jill permalink
      February 25, 2010 6:27 pm

      No. I had maroon shoes once, but never red.

  2. February 25, 2010 6:50 pm

    Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
    This post brought me to tears of happiness. The one about the bubble people brought me to tears of laughter. You can keep bring me to tears as long as you want! And a lot longer than the actuaries say. I once heard those people are from another planet anyway, so what do they know? And now, another 20 Hallalujah’s:
    Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

  3. Sandy Bartell permalink
    February 25, 2010 7:45 pm

    Wow, Jill this is GREAT news! It’s wonderful to hear that things are positive on so many fronts. Speaking of parties, this is really a time to celebrate.

    Sandy

  4. Mom permalink
    February 25, 2010 8:00 pm

    Ditto Kim’s Hallelujah’s. See what prayer can do? God is Great and Good and do not forget to keep up the prayers. He is there and also do not forget to Thank Him for all his Goodness. Thank YOu God and more prayers from this person. Love to you Jill. Mom

  5. Bemused Boomer permalink
    February 25, 2010 11:24 pm

    Are you fist-pumping? Or is it too painful? OK, I’m fist-pumping for you. Your Olympic event is going very well, and I’m SO glad!

  6. Gina (FAM from MI) permalink
    February 26, 2010 9:20 am

    WONDERFUL NEWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your drive and determination is inspiration for us all.

  7. E Lis permalink
    February 26, 2010 9:29 am

    Wonderful news Jill! I will continue to also keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Mame permalink
    February 26, 2010 9:48 am

    What wonderful news!!!!!!!!

    Just keep on getting better, Jill! 🙂

  9. Jakk(Kim) permalink
    February 26, 2010 9:50 am

    SUCH fabulous news Jill. I’m so very happy.

    And by the way, you are such a talented writer/entertainer. Thanks for sharing.

    Doing a little teary happy dance on a Friday morning!!

  10. February 26, 2010 9:55 am

    You should find happy-faced avatars for us today. 🙂

  11. Mina permalink
    February 26, 2010 10:00 am

    Sweet heaven that’s FABULOUS news!

  12. Lisa Welch permalink
    February 26, 2010 11:00 am

    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Relief! Keep on truckin”, Jill! Have a great and relaxing weekend.

  13. Arzelie permalink
    February 26, 2010 12:33 pm

    Whoo-Hoo!!!!

  14. Sarahtee in Aus permalink
    February 26, 2010 2:17 pm

    *huge sigh of relief*
    Jill, that’s excellent news!
    Doing the happy dance here for you 🙂

  15. February 26, 2010 8:46 pm

    WAAAHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. beck (OZ FAM) permalink
    February 27, 2010 3:38 am

    Yay!!! Doing a Snoopy Happy Dance in your honour :o)

  17. February 27, 2010 3:21 pm

    This is fantastic news. Definitely part time!

  18. Amers4 (FAM) permalink
    February 28, 2010 7:00 am

    Hooray! Yippee! Yahoo! I’m so happy for you! 🙂

  19. February 28, 2010 1:34 pm

    Praise God! Rejoicing!

  20. Sami permalink
    February 28, 2010 8:23 pm

    I am so so happy for you and your family!!! Woohoo!!!! What great news!!!!

  21. Maria permalink
    March 1, 2010 8:51 am

    Great news! I just got back from a trip and this has made my day!!! God is so good! You stay in our prayers.

  22. Karen Hoogland permalink
    March 1, 2010 4:04 pm

    Great news Jill!! I am so happy for you!

    ~KarenZ

  23. Dawn permalink
    March 2, 2010 4:36 pm

    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! KEEP UP THE HARD WORK (and your BLOG!), AND I’LL KEEP UP THE PRAYERS! YOU INSPIRE ME! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!–Dawn

  24. March 6, 2010 5:31 pm

    Well that whole 2012 thing will apparently kill ya long before cancer does! Good news!

    db

  25. March 8, 2010 9:24 pm

    Jill, you have so many stories and so many books inside you, you’ll live to be a 100. Go, girl, go.
    Love your humor, hope, and healing.
    Three cheers,
    Blessings,
    Cynthia Brian
    PS: All the readers LOVE your chapters in Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. And you are in the BONUS section on line too. I think your next chapter is on resiliency!

    http://www.bethestaryouare.com

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