The BEST New Year's Eve

Started by anonymous, January 01, 2015
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January 01, 2015
Last night was the best New Year’s Eve – EVER.

There was no fancy outfit. (Although my new purple UGG house shoes are pretty fabulous.)

There was no fancy food. (I cooked a pot of gumbo with a game bird from my husband’s recent hunting trip.)

There were no fancy party guests. (Just one loving husband, two good friends and four handsome guys under the age of three.)

There was one OUTSTANDING champagne toast. We toasted to health and happiness and celebrated my first piece of good health news in almost 15 months.

When you have metastatic cancer, your health is a constant roller coaster. On Wednesday, I might go grocery shopping and out for lunch, and on Thursday I may hurt too badly to get off the couch. And from one day to the next, I have no idea if my cancer is out of control.

In September 2013, my scans showed my cancer was still responding to the drug I was taking. My next scan in December 2013 revealed that it had stopped responding to that drug. After three rounds of trial and error with three different drugs and still no positive news, I was beginning to wonder if my cancer would ever respond to another drug.

The more time without a working drug, the more time my cancer has to grow. In the case of lung and bone disease, growing cancer means more side effects. I started coughing, I started hurting, then we found cancer in my brain, too. My body was telling me it was time for a drug to start working.

And on Tuesday, that’s exactly what we were told. After two infusions in just six weeks of a new trial drug, I am RESPONDING!!!! We are cracking the whip at cancer, and while I know it’s not permanent (until we find a cure, metastatic cancer always comes back) it’s like resetting the clock. Tumors are shrinking, my cough is subsiding, my pain is lessening.....life is good. Just when I was losing faith, I found a piece of solid ground.

So in all of my 34 years, last night was my most remarkable New Year’s Eve EVER. I raised my champagne glass and truly toasted the welcoming of the New Year. Because if anyone deserves a new and better year, it’s me. Welcome 2015, I am so happy you’re here!
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Anonymous

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January 01, 2015
Last night was the best New Year’s Eve – EVER.

There was no fancy outfit. (Although my new purple UGG house shoes are pretty fabulous.)

There was no fancy food. (I cooked a pot of gumbo with a game bird from my husband’s recent hunting trip.)

There were no fancy party guests. (Just one loving husband, two good friends and four handsome guys under the age of three.)

There was one OUTSTANDING champagne toast. We toasted to health and happiness and celebrated my first piece of good health news in almost 15 months.

When you have metastatic cancer, your health is a constant roller coaster. On Wednesday, I might go grocery shopping and out for lunch, and on Thursday I may hurt too badly to get off the couch. And from one day to the next, I have no idea if my cancer is out of control.

In September 2013, my scans showed my cancer was still responding to the drug I was taking. My next scan in December 2013 revealed that it had stopped responding to that drug. After three rounds of trial and error with three different drugs and still no positive news, I was beginning to wonder if my cancer would ever respond to another drug.

The more time without a working drug, the more time my cancer has to grow. In the case of lung and bone disease, growing cancer means more side effects. I started coughing, I started hurting, then we found cancer in my brain, too. My body was telling me it was time for a drug to start working.

And on Tuesday, that’s exactly what we were told. After two infusions in just six weeks of a new trial drug, I am RESPONDING!!!! We are cracking the whip at cancer, and while I know it’s not permanent (until we find a cure, metastatic cancer always comes back) it’s like resetting the clock. Tumors are shrinking, my cough is subsiding, my pain is lessening.....life is good. Just when I was losing faith, I found a piece of solid ground.

So in all of my 34 years, last night was my most remarkable New Year’s Eve EVER. I raised my champagne glass and truly toasted the welcoming of the New Year. Because if anyone deserves a new and better year, it’s me. Welcome 2015, I am so happy you’re here!
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Anonymous

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January 02, 2015
This is such exciting news sweet lady! I pray for many healthy days for you in 2015!
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Anonymous

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January 02, 2015
Hi Carrie, Thank the good lord for your good news! I'm so sorry, i didn't realize your cancer had spread, i was under the impression that after your first round of surgery & chemo, all was good. My apologies for not keeping up, i admit I've gotten so wrapped in or lives here keeping things running since dale's stroke, that I've ignored the world. My prayers to you, to see your life fulfilled & your child grow up, cancer is a scary thing. Blessings to you & your family! Anne
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Anonymous

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January 02, 2015
Wonderful news!!! I'm so happy for you Carrie!!
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Anonymous

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January 02, 2015
Carrie you keep hoping and believing, and we will keep praying.....
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Anonymous

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January 02, 2015
Love you Carrie! I knew you were such a special person many years ago. I will keep you close to my heart!
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Anonymous

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January 05, 2015
What wonderful news! May you have many, many more New Year's Eves, even better than this one!!
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Anonymous

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January 07, 2015
I, too, have stage 4 breast cancer 2 years now after being "free" from it for 20 years. Every day is wonderful, and every New Year a real celebration! I also have a birthday at the end of the year, so Ifeel it is a double celebration. I wish you well in your treatments. You have a lot to live a long life for!
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Anonymous

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January 07, 2015
God bless you survivor sister!
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Anonymous

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January 08, 2015
Carrie, I too am a Stage IV survivor. Stage I in 2/1987 &Stage IV in 2/1988,liver mets. I did chemo & a clinical trial with 10X standard chemo dosing & an autologous bone marrow transplant in 7/1988.Was on Tamoxifen 6/1992-3/2005 & have been on Arimidex since 3/2005.I was 36 when diagnosed with 2 month & 9 1/2 year old daughters. I am now 64, newly retired (after being a nurse for 42 years )and a Grandma. My oncologist watches me like a hawk...keep your spirit & HOPE going . I wish you many more NY celebrations...my prayers are with you for returning health !
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