Thursday, November 19, 2009

I Can Breathe Again

My CT-Scan showed no evidence of any tissues masses, enflamed lymph nodes, or anything that may indicate that cancer remains (or is emerging.) Needless to say, fantastic news. This scan is much more conclusive - they took 64-slice imaging of my chest to get a very, very detailed look at anything that might be going on there there's nothing but the normal chest innards.

Now I can stop planning what I thought would be another six months (at least) of hell - or my own funeral arrangements - and get back to planning my future. Most immediately that means Thanksgiving - that holiday now has a whole new meaning beyond the chance to gorge on butternut squash. Then my favorite time of year - Christmas. And I can now confidently say that I'll never have to have a Christmas with cancer! I'll have a Christmas with a port in my chest and a very strange hairdo ... but no cancer! After the New Year I'll have another PET-CT Scan and as long as the results are again clear, I can finally schedule the port removal.

After that? Running a half-marathon, enrolling in grad school, mastering the tripod headstand, writing a novel, volunteering to help others going through this, mentoring, tackling a triathalon, traveling the globe, starring in community theater productions, learning the guitar, taking an African safari, promoting world peace ... you know, the little stuff. At least I can get back to dreaming about it all now without cancer clouding the way.


  1. and don't forget about visiting me in wine country!

  2. happy for you. However, I hate to burst your bubble, but you ain't ever going to master the tripod headstand!!!!
    Love you tons, Mrs. Hogan

  3. Karin and Craig, I hope you had some Champagne on hand! I was so happy to hear the news I even did a cartwheel... well, in my mind I did! So excited for the two or you.
    Enjoy the Holidays, Enjoy LIFE!!

  4. yeah! So happy for you, can't wait to read your book :o)

  5. Hip Hip Hooray!!! This is awesome news. I am soooo happy for you. Have a great Thanksgiving. Can't wait to celebrate with you.

  6. my dearest karin,

    i hope you'll graciously add to your goals "a visit to a pop music video set" a few months, i'll be filming one!! no one i'd rather have there than you.

    you are AMAZING and i'm constantly blown away by your inner and outer beauty. hugs, hugs, and more hugs for the diamond family (sammy too)!!!!


  7. This is the best news yet!!! Can't wait to celebrate with you and Craig. Congratulations!!!!!!
    Huge hug and several squeals of joy,

  8. Karin,
    I am THRILLED for you. Being able to move forward must feel so wonderful. Have the most wonderful Thanksgiving ever!!!

    Carolyn H.

  9. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tiffany and Santi