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For those who aren't on FB, or haven't seen the news there:

As of today - June 2nd, 2014 - MY CANCER IS IN REMISSION!

My TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is still high, and unfortunately, since the cancer did spread, we can never say I am cancer-free. BUT, as of today, I am not showing immediate signs of cancer remaining in the body. My blood work is significantly better, and leading a different and healthier lifestyle is helping my body as well. I still have to have blood work every two weeks, and I'll have an ultrasound this fall (just about one year after my cancer diagnosis) to make sure nothing is spreading, but due to the meds, treatments in the hospital (surgery, RAI, radiation), and a change in lifestyle - I'm in remission. Remission! I am crying so hard right now that I can barely see what I'm typing. But everyone - REMISSION. I finally feel as though I can say, "I don't have cancer." I can say, "I fought cancer and I WON."

Holy crap. I just - this is the best news I've ever received from a doctor. I need to be cautious, I know, but today, I am celebrating!

(I was diagnosed on August 28th, 2013, even though my docs thought I'd probably had it for about a year longer than that. Surgery was November 4th, 2013, and since then, I have been in the hospital six times due to comas, necessary treatments like RAI and radiation, and so forth. But today may be a new beginning. I know there is no "cure," but in the world of cancer, I just can't explain how awesome this is. I don't feel wonderful physically, but I feel good. I feel stronger. I feel as though I'm a survivor now.)

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alephz
Jun. 2nd, 2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
-throws confetti about wildlike!-

Congratulations!
oneonthefence
Jun. 3rd, 2014 04:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! This is seriously the only time I've ever heard good news from a doctor, and this is the kind of news I WANT to hear. I know I'm not "free," but damn, the knowledge is so... I don't even have the proper words.
hug_machine
Jun. 2nd, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
That's the best kinda news to hear on signing in to the old LJ. You're a true fighter! <3
oneonthefence
Jun. 3rd, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)
Aww, yay! And it's good to see you again.

Thank you so much for your kind words! <3
nightshade1972
Jun. 2nd, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful! Congratulations!

:-)
oneonthefence
Jun. 3rd, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! Now, to hope it STAYS in remission. I have to combat the fear of that, but today, I've mostly been celebrating. :)
dreamabella
Jun. 2nd, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
This news makes me so happy!!!! :0)
oneonthefence
Jun. 3rd, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! Me, too! :)
rokeby_venus
Jun. 2nd, 2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
Cancer is no match for the power of your awesome hair! So, so, so happy for you!
oneonthefence
Jun. 3rd, 2014 05:01 am (UTC)
HAHA. That MUST be what did it. It was the hair. And Toby is officially finished with his undergrad degree now, too, so maybe saying goodbye to his school and my colorful hair were the things that caused remission? ;)

Thank you, love. <3
gratefuladdict
Jun. 3rd, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
That's WONDERFUL!!! I'm so glad!!! ♥
oneonthefence
Jun. 3rd, 2014 05:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! I feel as though I can breathe a bit more again, even if I have to do so cautiously. But I am really hopeful. ♥.
howlin_wolf_66
Jun. 3rd, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
You have always been a survivor, and you always will be.

I'm thrilled, Mandi! :-) *hugs* xxx
oneonthefence
Jun. 3rd, 2014 05:03 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you. You are awesome, and I appreciate it! :) *hugs* xoxo.
rockingthemike
Jun. 3rd, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
remission is fantastic news! were the doctors able to give you an indication of what long-term stats were like for remission rates?
oneonthefence
Jun. 3rd, 2014 05:05 am (UTC)
Indeed, and thank you! Best word I've heard or seen all year. Or in my life. I'm not sure.

My thyroid cancer was pretty advanced and wasn't responding to treatment (until, suddenly, out of nowhere, it decided to), so my remission rate is about 50%. That's not the typical 90% that a lot of thyroid cancer survivors see, but I'll take it! Considering that two months ago, my survival rate was placed at 30%, a 50% remission rate is fantastic. :)
rockingthemike
Jun. 3rd, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
yes, absolutely, considering where you were at a couple months ago a 50% remission rate is looking like a hail mary pass!
oneonthefence
Jun. 3rd, 2014 06:58 pm (UTC)
Haha, that's exactly how I feel! :)
pickleboot
Jun. 3rd, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
yay! i am so happy for you! i know how happy we were when we got the lab tests back after my hysterectomy and were told that margins were clear, they got it all, and that it was stage three, but it had not spread.

it is a huge relief, and you just want to shout from the rooftops!
oneonthefence
Jun. 4th, 2014 01:22 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm a bit worried as my thyCA spread to my lymph nodes, but for now, I'm in remission and in a good headspace about it. Hopefully, that will last for a long time! :)
pickleboot
Jun. 4th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
go to the check ups. think positive thoughts.

my mom was put on a special cream? something that helped with reducing the swelling in her neck and especially around her thyroid. i can find out what is for sure as it is made by a compounding pharmacy(make their own products, and can make just about anything allergen free).

but there is nothing better than that feeling of i am in remission. i can stop freaking out. life can go back to normal feeling.
oneonthefence
Jun. 4th, 2014 06:09 am (UTC)
I am scheduled for a lot of follow-ups: ultrasounds, blood work every two weeks for the remainder of my life, and so forth. Plus, I have to check with my endo every two weeks to make sure the meds are all working properly. But I'm remaining hopeful. And the thyroid meds are starting to finally work because I'm losing weight, which makes me happy, too.

Remission is a great feeling. I mean, it's scary too, because I think I'll always wonder about the inevitable major fear - what if this comes back? - but I'm so happy right now. Now, to deal with everything else. And so life goes on!
brightlotusmoon
Jun. 4th, 2014 05:20 am (UTC)
YAAAAAHHHHH! FLAIL! FLAILING!

Words are failing me. I am in overjoyed shock.

AAAHHHH!
oneonthefence
Jun. 4th, 2014 06:09 am (UTC)
Thank you, lovely! I'm cautiously optimistic about this. I have to have tests every two weeks, but I'll take it if it means remission! :)
halfshellvenus
Jun. 4th, 2014 06:33 am (UTC)
Wow, really? This is wonderful news!

oneonthefence
Jun. 4th, 2014 07:00 am (UTC)
Apparently so. :) My blood work in late April when I was in the hospital was nearly life-ending (hence all the transfusions). I started a new combo of meds and treatments, and now, six weeks later - I'm apparently in remission! I have to have a lot of labs to make sure I STAY in remission, and I'm cautious, but I'm also really happy! So thank you!
fuyuhimi
Jun. 8th, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
I'm happy for you, and I'll keep fingers crossed for your continued recovery.
oneonthefence
Jun. 8th, 2014 07:43 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. :)
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