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Posted 2018-03-08T16:45:00Z

2nd Rebirthday celebrated with clear PET scan results and re-remission

It has been an emotionally exhausting week.  March 3rd was my second "re-birthday," the anniversary of my surgery at Churchill Hospital.  Looking back feels like peering through a distorted fun house mirror: how did this become my life?!  There was little relief looking forward, either.  Our house had a nervous heaviness as we anticipating my post-chemo PET scan results.  The great news -- there is "no evidence of disease," which is obviously a huge relief.  The tumors were still very sensitive to the Carbo/Taxol, I am back in remission.  But of course we have been here before (August 2016) and ovarian tends to reoccur.  If only remission came with a lifetime guarantee!  

But for now I am trying to believe in miracles.  I CAN be that lucky patient who gets cured after the 2nd series of chemo!  So instead of looking back or looking forward we will do our best to stay in this moment and enjoy today.  We are living large.  Bruce is taking spring quarter at 50% time.  We are headed to Oxford; Japan; Eastern Europe; and NW Australia.  All this over the next 5 months, in 3 week surges, between my maintenance Avastin infusions.  I feel lucky I can check off my bucket list while still being tethered to my IV pole on the 3rd floor of CC.

My wallet has my current motivation and motto:   Old and Broke!    TTFN,  MK  

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Comments (22)

  • jane
    jane

    Can't wait to carpe diem with you two! ♡

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Becky hoffman
    Becky hoffman

    Thanks for the update, Michelle! I love reading your posts. And have fun on your international adventures. See you soon :) xoxo, Becky

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Judy Boyd
    Judy Boyd

    So glad you are off and running again. Have a wonderful time in your travels!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • laura.a.francis@gmail.com
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    Great news Michelle! That made my day! Enjoy all of those wonderful adventures you have planned. See you soon!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • James Cavins
    James Cavins

    So happy for you Michelle. Go!!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Gordon Fox
    Gordon Fox

    Re-remission is a great word, and a great place to be! Congratulations!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Bruce Kendall
    Bruce Kendall

    My beloved, I’m so happy about this clean bill of health, and am looking forward to being old and broke together! XOXOXO

    3 years ago · Reply
  • EvelynCavins
    EvelynCavins

    So awesome‼️ I am thrilled for both of you Mom

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Jennifer Vinton
    Jennifer Vinton

    Fantastic news, Michelle and Bruce! Dust off the suitcases and sunscreen. XOXO

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Holly Finley Hoffman
    Holly Finley Hoffman

    So, so happy for this wonderful news, Michelle!!! All the love to you and Bruce <3 Looking forward to seeing you soon! XOXO

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Allison Moehlis
    Allison Moehlis

    Woo hoo! Let’s celebrate!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Shelley Hoffmire
    Shelley Hoffmire

    Yeah! Such great news. Can't wait to see you in a few weeks.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Cherie mignone
    Cherie mignone

    re-remission, lovable word, lovable place to be! Cherie

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Patty Tunnicliffe
    Patty Tunnicliffe

    Just awesome, as are you! And, very happy for you, Bruce and family. Our love to you all! Patty T.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Maria C
    Maria C

    Terrific news Michelle! I am so happy for you and Bruce. happy travels and keep up the good work.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Karen Gillow
    Karen Gillow

    Woo HOOO!!! Go Michelle - such wonderful news and looking forward to seeing you & Bruce down under xxx

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Kathy Whitley
    Kathy Whitley

    Magnificent work! Can hardly say how happy I am to hear this. We look forward to seeing you at your 10th anniversary soire! Go grab the brass ring you two!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Tiffany Knight
    Tiffany Knight

    Michelle, Thank you for sharing your joy! I am so happy to hear all this exciting news.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Carolyn Walton
    Carolyn Walton

    Phew, that is a relief. We shall see you soon. Our love to you from us all.xxx

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Anne Marie, Richard, Jeeves & Bertie
    Anne Marie, Richard, Jeeves & Bertie

    Wow! Has it really been two years since we were circling the wagons in Oxford to support you and Bruce with this crazy cancer battle? So glad you guys have a green light to resume your globe trotting ways! I know you guys will have a wonderful time traveling together, and spreading your wonderful personality to everyone who has the chance to meet and get to know you. Enjoy your upcoming 10th anniversary, and have a wonderful time celebrating with friends and family. With love from New York, Anne Marie, Richard, and the crazy corgis Jeeves and Bertie too!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Rosa McCullagh
    Rosa McCullagh

    What wonderful news! I’m thinking back to the Churchill and the bath and Eastman House. Hope your travels are full of joy. Love Rosa and Peter

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Gillian Feeley
    Gillian Feeley

    Hooray!!!!

    3 years ago · Reply