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November 29th, 2018 at 12:05 pm

I just got Cat scan results, after 3 months on immunotherapy, so here's the latest cancer update.

I'm happy to announce that my tumor has shrunk nearly 50 percent and has not spread to other areas AND I feel like a normal, not sick person now. I've also gained back 20 of the 40 pounds I lost in the first 6 months after diagnosis. ( at 5'9", I was down to 119 pounds and I didn't have any more weight to lose .I was all bones. It was scary.)

It probably doesn't change the long-term (terminal) ending of my cancer, but I have been given the gift of more time, and the bonus gift of feeling-good time.

I have joined the lucky club of being one of the 40 percent of patients to get any sort of response to the drug. Now, if I can only get into the lucky 10 percent of those whose tumors disappear completely, I will be seriously over the moon.

Life with cancer right now is better than I ever hoped it could be, and I am taking full advantage.

I'm talking to the research department at my hospital, trying to determine if it's possible to fund new kidney cancer research, but that's in early phases.

I also miraculously haven't gone bankrupt yet fighting this cancer. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, my insurance HAS to cover cancer care, and my out of pocket has been less than I expected,so yay. In addition to worrying about how my family will survive without me I at least don't have to worry (yet) that I will leave them bankrupt as well.

Thank you for all of your support and encouragement.

26 Responses to “cancer update”

  1. shiela Says:

    It's great to hear that your treatment is going well.

  2. Carol Bullivant Says:

    Thanks so much for the update. Hooray for feeling good. So happy to hear!

  3. Jillybean Says:

    That is wonderful that the treatment is working and even better that you feel better! Thank you for posting. I'm a long time lurker who always enjoyed your blog and wish you and your family the best.

  4. starfishy Says:

    thank you for this update - i wonder about you all the time and i am so happy to hear this positive news of extra time with the added bonus of feeling good and being able to enjoy this gift. yay!!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    That is great news. I was just thinking about you yesterday when I was on Amazon looking to see if you'd ever published a second book. And you had! I am so glad that things are feeling better for you. You have been in my prayers and will continue to stay there.

  6. Petunia 100 Says:

    Such wonderful news, Thrift-O-Rama! I hope you will have many happy years yet with your family. I think of you every time I visit SA. Smile

  7. Wink Says:

    This is the best news! So thankful you are feeling good. Enjoy the holidays with your family!

  8. ThriftoRama Says:

    Lucky Robin, book 3 will be out in January, then I'm starting a NEW series!

  9. LuckyRobin Says:

    I would be interested to know what kind of money you are making with these books if you have time to share.

  10. Laura S. Says:

    Glad to hear the good news!

  11. Trying to get ahead Says:

    That is very happy news! I pray your cancer disappears for good!

  12. CB in the City Says:

    Oh, that's so wonderful!

  13. klarose Says:

    Yay! Such good news!

  14. PatientSaver Says:

    This is wonderful news, Thrift. Really good news.

  15. kashi Says:

    Wonderful to hear. Thank you for updating us!

  16. livingalmostlarge Says:

    glad you are doing so well

  17. Jenn Says:

    So glad to hear that you're doing well and appreciating your time!

  18. NJDebbie Says:

    I think of you often; I am glad treatment is going well. ((HUGS))

  19. MonkeyMama Says:

    I almost gave up because the site wouldn't let me post a comment here. Yeesh!

    Thanks for taking the time to update, and it's great to hear some GOOD news!

    & let us know about your book releases. I read your books and I thought they were really good! I am excited you have a third one coming out soon.

  20. Wife of the Deacon Says:


    Happiest news in awhile! Rejoicing at the good outcomes! Smile

  21. My English Castle Says:

    Oh Thrift, that's such good news. We remain cheering for you, your DH, and the boys.

  22. Dido Says:

    So happy that you are feeling good for now--and congrats on book 3 AND the new series! Very happy that you checked in--your good news made my day!

  23. rob62521 Says:

    Praise the Lord. Will keep praying for you and hope the cancer totally disappears. Why not wish for a miracle. Thank you for the update. Glad you are feeling good and hope it continues.

  24. ceejay74 Says:

    The best update!

  25. frugaltexan75 Says:

    That's called "news you can use" to put a smile on your face! Great news!

  26. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I am so happy to read that you are feeling better- and that your body is responding to the treatment! You are in my thoughts often, so reading this seriously made my day! {{hugs}}

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