More Scans . . .

8 Apr

I saw my oncologist yesterday. She is concerned about symptoms I am having and has ordered a bone scan and a chest CT. Hopefully everything will back okay. It is unnerving to say the least. I don’t know exactly when I will have the scans. There are approvals to get first. But, I imagine I will have scans within the next couple of weeks.

I am in pain a lot these days. It could be post treatment pain. Apparently cancer patients can develop pain years after completing chemotherapy. So, hopefully there is a non-serious reason for the pain.

I appreciate any prayers and/or positive thoughts you can send my way.

Much love,


11 Responses to “More Scans . . .”

  1. margaret elder April 8, 2011 at 2:27 PM #

    Hey Lisa,

    So sorry to hear that you are in pain and need more testing. You are in my thoughts and prayer and sending you tons of good mojo. Let me know if you are up to lunch anytime soon.


  2. cancerfree2b April 8, 2011 at 3:23 PM #

    Hi Margaret!

    Thank you for the prayers, I really appreciate it.

    I would love to get together for lunch soon. Maybe next week? I hope you have a great weekend!


  3. Sandy April 8, 2011 at 5:05 PM #


    Prayers and Reiki coming your way. Don’t let the uncertainty get you stressed, as stress can inhibit your immune system, etc. Make relaxing and having fun as much a part of your treatment as your medications and diet. I know that’s easier said than done, but I have faith in you! 🙂


  4. cancerfree2b April 8, 2011 at 5:53 PM #

    Dear Sandy,

    Thank you. Very good advice. It has been a pretty stressful week. I will have to fill you in. But, hopefully things will lighten up soon. If not on their own, then I guess I will have to make it so 🙂

    I really appreciate the prayers and the Reiki!


  5. Shelly Haas April 8, 2011 at 6:12 PM #

    Dear Lisa,

    Prayers for your continued healing and Dr.’s discernment on all of these important decisions and guidance.

    • cancerfree2b April 9, 2011 at 6:31 AM #

      Dear Shelly,

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate your message and prayers. I really need to figure out a way to not think about it somehow. I do have confidence in my oncologist. But, I have had difficulty reaching her which has made me feel kind of like I am hanging in the wind a bit. I told her about this problem and she wants me to now email her directly from now on. I also have her nurse practitioner’s email address. So far they have been responsive this way. So, I feel much better about that. I just hope that in the interim I have not missed out on finding something earlier since they were unaware of my earlier complaints. Looking forward only now. I hope you are having a great weekend. I am going apartment hunting today! (I have lived in the same place throughout my cancer treatment – I moved here not long before getting sick – so I kind of associate this place with all of that). So, I am looking for a new place with the hope of putting this time behind me mentally and physically.
      Thank you again for your prayers!

  6. Sally April 8, 2011 at 8:41 PM #

    I’m sorry about your pain and accompanying worry. Not needed, not welcome! May they be banished, I pray, along with all traces of the evil cancer from Lisa.

    • cancerfree2b April 9, 2011 at 6:34 AM #

      Dear Aunt Sally,

      Thank you. Wow, I so enjoyed your acceptance speech for the Pax Christi award. I showed it to my Mom the other day, she had some tears watching it (good tears). We are all very proud of you. Congratulations again!

      Thank you for your continued prayers. It means so much to me.
      Much love always,

  7. nancyspoint April 9, 2011 at 5:56 AM #

    I will be thinking about you during this stressful time. Sorry to hear about your pains. Getting things checked out will hopefully bring answers. Try not to worry too much…

    • cancerfree2b April 9, 2011 at 6:42 AM #

      Thank you Nancy.

      I will do my best to worry less. It is important to reduce stress. I had scans three months ago, but, for some reason there was not chest CT in the order (my oncologist had requested it, but, somehow it did not get put through). I feel foolish for not recognizing that it should have been done as anytime she has ordered the pelvic CT she has ordered a chest CT. But, there are so many tests and I am not the doctor. Hopefully it will all be fine.
      I hope you are having a great weekend. Is the weather improving for you? I hope you are feeling Spring!

  8. Martha April 9, 2011 at 7:15 AM #

    Hi Lisa,
    What helps me during the “waiting period” between ordered tests, the test and results, etc. is to stay in the present. Speculating and guessing the “why & what if’s” will only drive us crazy. I have to stay in the now and just “bless myself” for what is in the future. I hope this helps you, it helps me because I like to be in control… and unfortunately a cancer diagnosis teaches us right away that we are not in control of everything. I just had my CT scans for chest, abdomen and pelvis and get results Tuesday. Usually, I find myself a little more anxious as I wait for the onc to come into the room that day. But, that is normal for many of us 🙂 Stay strong and sending you positive thoughts. Martha

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