Happy 2018

Did you watch the ball drop on 2017? If you were diagnosed or had a rough time of it in 2017, you are probably happy to see that year go by.

My 2017 could have been classified as tough, I guess. My cancer that hadn’t grown for 4 years decided to grow again.  That wasn’t good.

We have had some personal challenges totally unrelated to cancer. They have been very frustrating and maddening.

But, 2017, the challenges have been faced …

For the first time since my cancer was diagnosed, the tumor in my neck has been obliterated by radiation! That’s great news! Even better, a tumor in my lungs that hadn’t grown or shrunk over the last 4.5 years shrank! It is nearly half the size it was before I had radiation to the tumor in the lymph node in my neck.

I passed some milestones during 2017: I celebrated (?) my five-year cancerversary – I have lived with cancer for over five years now! That’s pretty awesome for someone with stage IV lung cancer. (But, I am never quite sure if I should “celebrate” the fact that I have cancer … even when it is celebrating that I have carried it around with me for five years … that I am still here five years later… You know? It’s a conundrum.)

That’s not all! I celebrated 100 infusions of Opdivo. I wish I knew how many other people in the world can say the same. I am guessing we are a very small club.

Despite the challenges presented to our family during 2017, we’re doing fine. I would say that 2017 was a good year.

Nevertheless, we are ready to welcome 2018! We look forward to seeing what it has in store for us.

Southern tradition for New Year’s Day – Black Eyed Peas

We are not actually superstitious, but it is a Southern tradition to eat Black-Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. I made a huge pot of peas for my husband and me… We have lots of peas to eat later on this year! They were really good … let’s hope they bring us the promised luck!! 🙂 🙂

Wishing you the best there is for 2018! Good health and good fortune!


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