Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hooray for a good report!

I am done with the radioactive iodine treatment!  I had the full body scan Friday and everything looked great.  The Doctor said if she had to put it as a statistic she would give me a 98% chance of being cancer free and not having to repeat the radioactive iodine treatment anytime in the distant future. (sometimes it has to be repeated after 6 months).  So now we just wait and see.. I have another check-up with the surgeon the beginning of December and then another whole body scan scheduled in February.

To be quite honest I feel like I've been run over by a train! :)  I kept thinking today 'why am I so stinkin' tired?'  and then realized it has been a little bit of a stressful 6 weeks ~ so maybe now that all the treatments, tests etc. are over I just need to chill and slowly regain my strength and energy.  

It's been great to be back home with everyone and see how well the kids are doing.  Rachel really misses Russia.  David loves being in America .. today in the car we were talking and I told them about Jim Elliot and his quote 'wherever you are be ALL there'.  So David replied to Rachel, 'yeah Rachel, it's like when we're in Russia you have to love Russia but when we're in America you have to love America.'   Rachel thought about it long and hard and then grudgingly replied 'yeah I guess you're right, I mean they don't have cheese sauce in Russia.'  :) 

We signed the boys up to play flag football - they have had zero exposure to the sport of football so we thought it would be a neat learning experience for them.  I got so tickled when I overheard David talking on the phone to his Gran and telling her 'I'm gonna play ___ ... umm what's that thing called you play with a ball that looks like an egg??'  Life is all about learning something new, so it's been quite entertaining watching them learn to block and run.  Soccer and basketball are pretty much the only thing kids play back home.

Please pray for us as we are trying to figure out when we should return to Russia,  and just all the long-term medical ramifications that this has brought into our lives.  If we think about it too long and hard it gets a bit overwhelming.  Thank you again for all the love and prayers for our family!  


Phyllis' mom said...


As for the "run over by a train" feeling, you may want to consider that your thyroid medication could be playing a part; sometimes it takes a while to get it appropriately regulated.

Vanessa said...

I'm glad to hear the good report! I've been praying for you!

Heather Mitchell said...

Yippee! This is wonderful news again. You and your family remain in my prayers.

Love you!

Tom and Roz said...

We are so happy to hear your good report, praise the Lord. God's grace is day at a time! We continue to pray for you. Please let us know if we can help with anything over here in your absence.
Grace and peace to you all!

Valerie said...

So glad that the majority of your treatment is past. I know that some people received medical care in Helsinki which is much closer to Russia than the U.S. Maybe there is a good thyroid doctor there.

It's hard to believe you've been through so much. May the Lord's comfort and strength sustain you.

Valerie Crawford

sethswifeforlife said...

SO glad to read a good report. I've been thinking about you.
Would love to see you and get together again if you're in the area. Let us know! The 2nd half of October would be the best time if it works out.
We'll be in touch.
love & hugs,

Cene Burrow said...

I just found your blog and learned of your cancer. I'm so thankful that things are going well. Where are you right now? Are you up for a visit? I would love to see you!

Baba Julie said...

Hi, Susan! So glad to read this good report!! I kept looking for an update on Phyllis' blog and just figured out to look here!! (: Praying for you all!! In His Love, Baba Julie

Amy Scott said...

So glad for the good report! I loved the story about cheese sauce. :-)

Phyllis said...

We're still praying! When can we see more cute photos here? :-)

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