Friday, April 15, 2005

Get To Be 99

Do you remember the Hallmark(?) greeting care that asks - "How do you live to be 100 years old? " Ans. "You get to be 99 - and then be very, very careful."
I've just decided that same formula is how you get to survive a 5% chance of living past the five years mark for Stage IV Lung Cancer!!
I saw my research Oncologist at big, impressive SO. CA. Medical Center on Monday. I'd had a PET CT the previous week. Always a bit scary - especially when they bring in the cylinder with the Radioactive injection inside - dry ice spewing forth like a bad X-Files moment. So, Nurse Sis and I got the results on Monday. From the neck down (the part SO. CA. is responsible for) I am 100 % Cancer free. The pockets of liquid on my lungs have dried up to the point she can hear air going through - YES - no further draining required, thank you. Some rather nasty lymphs along my collarbone decided enough was enough and dried up or shrunk away.

It just doesn't get any better than this. This is on the way to the five year mark!! Two years and holding. I was told that the brain tumor was not what would kill me, maim me pretty good, yes, but the Lung cancer was what I should fear.
I'm feeling a BIT more generous to the Medical community when it was explained to me - both up North and here, that this is all new to them, too. My local Dr. has just this LAST Month had her first 5 year success story(of Stage IV Lung with Mets someplace else) - with another one coming in a month or so. We are inventing the Wheel - together.


At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Sherwood said...

This is good news to read from anybody, of course, but since I am a major fan of your son's treatment of your story in "Mom's Cancer," I feel particularly delighted to read it from you.

My son just celebrated his 5-year freedom from malignant melanoma. Now, vicariously, I have another celebration to look forward to in 2010. Thanks!

At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Sean B said...

We're glad to hear you're doing well. I read the story cover to cover over my lunch break, and really appreciate both the fight you put in, and your son's documentation (not the right word) of it. It moved me to tears in places.

At any rate, we're glad to hear you're all doing well, and really appreciate the efforts that went into the story from both sides.

At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Matt the Marine said...

Congratulations! I just found your son's comic strip from Penny Arcade (, and am delighted to find an active weblog!

I'm a big Marine, and I nearly broke down and cried when I read the strip. I'm glad you're doing well. You've earned a bookmark and my heart-felt well-wishes!

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Dear Mom,
Don't know if you have heard the term "dancing with NED" (No Evidence of Disease). You are certainly enjoying that dance today and I'm celebrating with you.
You go Girl!
Partner of Diane

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Don't know if you have heard the term "dancing with NED" (no evidence of disease). You are enjoying that dance today and I'm celebrating with you.
You go Girl!

Partner of Diane

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Dee said...

I've been following your recovery since Brian first posted it on the Wisen (cartoonists' message board), and have been meaning to post here on your blog, but just haven't had the time until today.

What wonderful news to hear today! I can't even imagine how you all must feel and hopefully, I'll never have to find out. I want you to know that you are the reason I quit smoking on March 1, 2005. The reality that this could happen to me was brought into focus and I was able to quit after 43 years of smoking. I will be 57 this month.

Many blessings to all of you and I wish you many more days of good news like today. I will be checking in on you when I get a chance and plan to help promote the book when it is finished to my 10,000 subscribers. (I have a popular women's health site with the world's only menopausal cartoon character--Minnie Pauz)

At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Mom" good for you. I just want you to know that your story, and your son's excellent telling of it, have been very inspirational. I'm in my late twenties, and have smoked for over 10 years...I'm going to remember you as I quit...keep it up, I know you'll be here for many more.


At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice story. Right now I like cancer. It's giving me my healthy white glow.

At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom, I'm rooting for you. I read your son's work and it reminded me of my mother's battle with cancer. You are so brave, and having experienced chemo myself, (purpose was not cancer), you must have the stamina of a horse. You're not going to be 99, you're gonna be 199!

Much love,

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now thats what I call putting up a good fight :-D Keep going strong! I hope everyones enthusiasim and love on the web helps.

Kindest Regaurds,
Devin Sullivan Marsh

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Kid Sis said...

Mom has the best fans in the world! Thank you all so much for the support.

I totally bawled when I read about Dee and 2:35 Anonymous quitting smoking. Congratulations!!! That's the best present any of us could ask for.

Lis, AKA Kid Sis

At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Made me tear up too. My, we're an emotional family...


At 10:03 PM, Blogger Chris Clarke said...

This is such great news. Congratulations! You sure earned it with all that hard work you got put through...

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Kirk Lawrence said...

Hello. My name is Kirk Lawrence and last July (around birthday time--what luck), I was diagnosed with a stage four brain tumor. I just finished reading the webcomic and could pretty much identify with every single thing, right down to the jigsaw puzzles. After two cranial surgeries, chemo wafers and upcoming chemo treatments, I have been seizure free from the first day. I just want to wish you well and thank you so much for sharing your experiences and it gives me lots of hope to pursue my goals--I write short stories and wish to direct or write (aspiring filmmakers and artists, unite!) Thank you so much.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger ronnie said...


This is the BEST NEWS EVER.

Wonderful things are happening!!!

much love,


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