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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

PET Scan to be scheduled

On my way home from the oncology visit I decided to stop at the store, and met a homeless man eating samples from the deli soup cart.  He stopped me in my tracks with questions about movie characters, he was stuck on "Ghostbusters" and couldn't remember one of the actors.  Well, he was talking to the wrong person, because I can't remember stuff like that, so we had a heck of a time.

What caught me was that he was so engaging, polite, and outwardly interested.  He told me he was a veteran and had PTSD, and that the government gives him $500 a month.  He carries with him a bucket, his backpack and a squeegee.  He washes windows on cars to make extra money.  My mind flashed back to a time during college when a few of us drove to Mexico, and in the shanty towns children would surround the car, each with a squeegee, asking to wash your window for a quarter.

This man was tall, african american, handsome in a sense, but skinny as a rail.  He had on lots of layers but when I saw his waist I gasped.  It is heartbreaking.  He talked and talked and talked and talked and talked and talked.  He was well read, and put me to shame.

I gave him $10.  On my way out of the store, he stole a flower from the floral department and handed it to me.  He also kept asking for my phone number, but of course that wasn't going to give it to him, ha ha.  But he did give me a slight kiss on the back of my hand.  I can't believe I let that happen, but I wasn't afraid.

I drove away and he disappeared, probably went back into the store for more soup. I had not mentioned the obvious yesterday, but please keep this fellow in your prayers too.  What he must endure, I can't imagine.

Today my oncologist called to say my CT scan showed a few things and she wants to do a PET Scan.  I guess there is a small lesion in my lower pelvis and the one on my liver seems to be a concern.  She is being cautious and wants to check for activity levels in these areas.  They are small though, about half an inch or so.  My CA125 is 15, so that is good.  She said that if it were 100, then she would think I was in a recurrence.

So for now I await the nurse's call to schedule the PET Scan.  sigh

I scheduled a flight to Colorado the end of April, and I want to not be on chemo.....ugh....can't think about that I guess..........can't worry about that......if it looks like I need treatment then I'll take a short flight out early before I start treatment.  It took me over a year after I finished chemo the first time to be able to travel...........sigh.  This is the life of cancer, it comes and goes, it never completely goes away.

I feel nothing right now.  I have no control over this and ...................I don't know.  Anyway, I just pray that it's nothing to be worried about.  I was blessed to meet such an interesting person yesterday and I have a loving family, and am so grateful to God that my doctor is amazing.

Peace and Love,


  1. Hey, we will be standing with you during this waiting period. Sigh, we obviously need to practice more patience in all these ups and downs.

  2. Heidi,

    Thank you so much......

    thank you

  3. Praying with you that the PET results will be good. One thing about it, if the PET looks good, you can feel much assurance. On the other hand, if there is mild activity, I've found that succeeding chemos seem to be easier on me than the previous ones. I'm on my 4th regimen.

    Sweet of you to give the fellow $10. When we see a homeless person at the intersection in the city, we always dig and give. I figure that is simply putting your gift on the alter. It is up to God how the gift is used. Bless you.

    And, yes, don't give 'em your phone #. lol

  4. Whitestone, thank you for sharing, it helps and is encouraging. I am so sorry that you have had to do so many treatments. {{hug}} I will edit my post too because I didn't say the obvious, but to ask others to pray for that fellow. Oh, did he make me cry. God gives us so much strength and courage, can't imagine being homeless...........Peace

  5. The story you tell about the man is heartbreaking as well as comforting. We need more people like you around. Good luck with the scan.

  6. Thanks Bob, so sweet. I just hope he'll be OK....thanks you


  7. Hoping that your PET is clear. I've had things show up but they are unsure what it is. Something showed upon my spine. I went for a bone scan . Nothing there. I hope that is the same in your case. That was 2 years ago.

    I think you were that man's angel that day. Thank you .

  8. My prayers are with you and will be anxious to hear the results of your PET scan.

    Good for you to be so kind and generous to the homeless man. I am sure he was most appreciative.

  9. I'm so glad you posted your blog link on one of the Team Inspire threads. It's wonderful. I'm happy to be here.

    Emily 1


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