Celebrating a Clean Cat- Scan-The Four Spots are Gone.

Celebrating Eight Years Cancer Free

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My Lung Cancer Story

To say I'm in a great mood doesn't even come close to how I am feeling today. I'll get more into my manic state later in this article but for now I need to give you some background information. I'm a lung cancer survivor of eight years this coming St. Patrick's Day. I usually get routine cat scans every six months unless they see something that looks suspicious. I have had my share of 'ify' scans in the past that have shown spots on my lungs. Thankfully the spots have always disappeared when I go for the follow-up scan. In December of 2011 I had one of those scary scans. The kind that makes you stop breathing. The scan revealed four spots on my right lung which is the lung that had a tumor in 2004. I had experienced one or two spots before but nothing like this. I sat there crying my eyes out as the oncologist tried to set up the follow-up cat scan. Those three months of waiting was really hard for me and my family. I prayed, cried and hoped the cancer had not come back. This past June was my re-scan and appointment with my doctor. I seldom bring my sister to these appointments but this was one time I needed her to be there for moral support. We needed to be together in case the news was bad. We screamed when the doctor announced that the four spots were completely gone. We celebrated the wonderful news by doing 'the happy dance.' My doctor said since I was coming up on eight years cancer free, I could choose either six months or one year for the next scan. I chose six months to be safe. We agreed if everything looked clear, I would graduate to yearly scans.

Definition of Lung Cancer

According to Medical News Today, the definition of Lung cancer is:

The uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that start off in one or both lungs; usually in the cells that line the air passages. The abnormal cells do not develop into healthy lung tissue, they divide rapidly and form tumors.

Had the Cat Scan Yesterday

It's typical for me to have a hard week when it's time for the dreaded cat scan because you never know what will happen. Being a cancer survivor means facing your mortality at a deeper level than most. As scary as it is, you learn an important lesson; to live every moment to the fullest and not take any day given to you, for granted.

I had the cat scan at 8:20 A.M yesterday. Afterwards, sis and I went out for our ritual breakfast to help build our confidence and get us through the tough week ahead. Time goes by slow as molasses when your waiting for the results appointment. I usually don't sleep much the next couple nights as my head goes over and over the 'what if's.' I had no idea the gift that was in store for me. A few hours after my scan, the phone rang. "Hi Linda, your scan has already been read and everything looks great." Your doctor knows how nervous you get waiting for the results and asked me to call." I told her how grateful I was and added, "God Bless you, you made my day."

The appointment with my oncologist is tomorrow morning, but this time, I won't walk in with fear and dread. I'm sure we'll be firming up my hard earned yearly cat scans. YIPPEE and what a St. Patrick's Day this is gonna be. Here's to the luck of the Irish and to a loving God.





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Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

Congratulations on your test results!!! Very nice hub. I could feel your anxiety and elation from your descriptions.The pictures added to the hub. And I especially liked the first picture for this subject. Looks like she's jumping for joy...like you! Voted up!


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twinstimes2 4 years ago from Ohio

Congratulations!!!


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Thank God for sisters, yes? Don't remember if I told you that I have a sister too, 5 years older, and since I don't have anyone else I guess it would be her I went to if I ever was faced with something as you describe. And I'm very happy for you. Beautiful job on this "sharing" hub.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I am so, so happy for you. I raise my glass to yours and wish you good health and happiness!


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge

I'm so very happy for you and for your twin too! Wonderful news!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Karen-LOL-Yes, that picture sums up exactly how I feel right how. Every day is such a gift. Thank you so much for taking time out to celebrate my life.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi twins2times-I think we should call you 'busy mom.' Thanks for coming by and celebrating life with me. God is so good :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Ron-Thanks so much for sharing my story. I am a hope story for others that have been diagnosed. They told me in 2004 that I had only a 20-25% chance of surviving the five year mark. They forget to take into account your support system, faith and hope. Cheers Ron-great to have you be here today.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Cheers and thanks for coming by breakfast pop. I am so blessed to have you and all my hub buddies. Life is AWESOME!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Pooh-Ya, if Auntie Linda isn't happy, nobody's happy. LOL Seriously though, Laura goes through as much discomfort as I do during these scan weeks. It's so scary because we are so close and the what if's can drive you crazy. I am so blessed to be eight years cancer free. God must need me to do more. Thank Goodness cause I'm not ready to go anywhere.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I am so happy for you. There is a lot more for you to accomplish here on earth. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us. Blessings...


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Congratulations to you and my husband who's on a maintenance program. Voted up and awesome, Joyce.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, Congratulations! what a fantastic thing I am so happy for you, you must be so relieved, go and get that bubbly out! great news! voted up and amazing.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I am SO thrilled for you. Congratulations. I know you will be healthy forever after and you deserve so much happiness and health.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Life must go on and I am glad to know that you can passed all this things with full of spirit and smile. Don't forget to pray and I'll support you from behind. I believe that you were surrounded by the people who always love you. Take care and God bless you!

Love and peace,


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Wow! This is awesome! It's so inspiring that you wrote about it, too. :) Beautiful writing and congrats on being cancer-free for 8 years! Cheers to that!


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Congratulations, Linda! I hope that the future continues to hold great news for you and that you enjoy life to the fullest. Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much alwaysexploring-that means a lot to me my friend. I am just so giddy :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Joyce-Here's a toast with me, you and your husband. CHEERS!!!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear Nell-Yes, relieved is an understatement. Let's have a cyberspace toast to life. YIPPEE!!!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

God Bless you hyphenbird-my oncologist says that after eight years it is Very Unlikely it would come back. I am a miracle as they gave me a 20-25% chance of making five years.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

So nice to see you Prasetio-Prayer has been a big part of my journey since the diagnosis. Between my faith in God and my loving family, I had the best support.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks cclitgirl-Let's do a cybespace toast together. Lift your glass. CHEERS!!!!!! YIPPEE!!!!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Alicia-my family and I are going to a St. Patrick's Day parade in town. St. Patrick's day has sure taken on new meaning for me. Thanks so much for coming by and toasting with me. YIPPEE!!!!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

This what i like to see Linda! Yes and double yes! Very happy for YOU...and sis. Okay, let me ask you a question: what exactly does the 'five years cancer free' really mean?


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

That is such great news. Congratulations! I am very, very happy for you.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

I am glad you made it through. Hopefully your story will encourage those going through this.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Congratulations and absolutely - CHEERS!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Alastar-Awesome to see you on my happy hub. BTW-I did graduate to one year scans. YIPPEE!! Regarding your question-They always give a cancer survivor a statistic of what the chances are of making the five year mark. To me, it's a useless statistic because we are all different and there is always hope. I freaked out when they gave me the 20-25% statistic. I was like, "why even go through chemo and radiation if my odds are so low." Of course, once I got through the trauma of this statement, I would do anything to live as long as possible. I plan to write a hub about the newbie doctor that broke the bad news to me when I was alone with no family visiting at that time. I think he kinda got off on the drama. My family was so mad and the doc got into trouble for doing it.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Billy. Let's do the jig since tomorrow is St. Pat's and my eight year anniversary of being cancer free. CHEERS!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Sweetie Pie-I too hope my story will give hope to other cancer survivors, even when they get the scary odds given to them.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

CHEERS Mckbirds!!! Bottoms UP!!!! Down the Hatch!!!! I know, I'm soooo happy :-)


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Linda, I dedicate the new popular song 'I Want To Make You Happy' to you!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend, so glad to read that you cat scan did not show anything. May God continue to bless you and watch over you.

Vote up and more !!!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, so sweet. Who sings it Alastar?


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Kashmir-It's always so nice to see you. Thanks for celebrating with me. I actually went to a local parade in town. It was a perfect way to celebrate the clean scan on St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick's Day will always have such a deep meaning for me. Thanks for the buttons pushing :-)


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

The Kooks! Its called Junk of the Heart(Happy)!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

On my way to go check it out. That is so thoughtful of you.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

OMG-I absolutely LOVE that song but never knew the lyrics. Just so you know, "YOU MADE ME HAPPY" by dedicating this song to me. You made my day and weekend. So very thoughtful of you. Hope your having a relaxing Sunday. I am so RELAXED after that scan :-)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

This is terrific news and I'm thrilled to celebrate it with you!!!!

Eight years cancer free after being diagnosed with lung cancer is truly a reason to celebrate and surround yourself with loving family. Hope your St. Patrick's Day was fantastic.

You are such an inspiration to others who are fighting cancer.

Voting up across the board except for funny.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Happyboomernurse-I thank God everyday that I am here. I must have some important things to do. I know raising my sister's kids is one huge reason I was spared. Great to see you here friend and thanks for the vote and all the button pushing. I am so happy and did have a fabulous St. Patrick's Day. Parade in town and corn beef and cabbage.


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Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

Congratulations Minnetonka Twin, I am very happy for you. I am sure that you are giving strength to many people by writing about your own experiences :)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Chris-I hope I give hope to others that have been diagnosed and for worried family members. Thanks for coming by, I really appreciate it :-)


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Congrats on your test results! That is the best gift ever. Wishing you the best and I will raise my glass in a toast to you! :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I was cheering after reading your story -- how awesome! You have a lot to celebrate, healing, your sister's love and life! Wow! It is truly a blessing. Thanks for sharing.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Gypsy. CHEERS! I appreciate you coming by and celebrating with me.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi teaches and thank you kindly for your kind words. I am so grateful for all I have. Every day is such a gift.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is a great HUB and Congratulations on the good news!

My wife is a breast cancer survivor of over 22 years now, so I can relate a little to your relief. Keep writing too.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much xstatic and congrats to you and your wife for her continued good health. There is no two better words for a cancer survivor than "cancer-free."


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ahorseback 4 years ago

YES!

YES!

YES!

Bet you haven't had a comment like this , HUBBER HUG for a great lady !.........:-}


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear ahorseback-I just love your comment because you know just how I'm feeling about this scan. LIFE, HAPPY, GRATEFUL.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Congratulations darling precious heart. I am so happy for you. Your precious sister sure does look out for you, and that is so wonderful. I will always have both you, and your family in my prayers . God Bless You with our Lord's loving heart for you forever, and to your family, and friends you cherish.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear Stars-you have the most beautiful heart and you make my day every time you visit one of my hubs. Thanks for celebrating with me. Life is such a gift.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Oh boy, you know I am crying here, Wow! wow! wow!

Congratulations I am so very very pleased for you.

Sending hub hugs


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thanks Rosemay for your tears of joy. Here's a big ole hub hug back to you. God Bless


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

MT,

Girlllll, big-huge-whopping congratulations!!! My smile kept flipping right-side up and upside-down during this read, but it ended up on the positive side.

The frowning only came from memories of loved ones who've endured the same fright. You have my sympathy for going through what you have, but I'm elated knowing your good results, and so happy you shared the story here.

I hope you won't mind if I send it on.

Good news, especially of this sort, is infectious and inspiring, all in good ways!!

Big Hub-Hugs, and may God bless you with many more years of great health and happiness!

femme


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, Dear Femme-I have tears in my eyes with your beautiful comment. I don't know how I lived without my awesome buds on Hubpages. I am giving you a happy elated hub hug back and I thank you for making me feel so loved and special. I am such a blessed person for so many reasons. P.S.-I am honored that your sharing my story. People need hope and maybe this story will do that.


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

MT,

Just so you know, I shared it and pinned it to my "articles" board on Pinterest, and immediately it was getting "likes".

I think where illness is concerned, hope, prayer and a positive attitude really do top the "best medicine" list.

And, it's an awful thing to have to face something difficult and be frightened about it as well.

You did such a beautiful job in relating this, I believe it will fill others with courage when they read it, if they, or a loved one, are facing something similar.

femme


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Femme-I am so glad to hear that people are reading it. That's just an icing on a writers cake to know people are getting something out of it. Again, thanks so very much for sharing this story. There is Always Hope!


KatrineDalMonte 4 years ago

Oh this is so truly touching. So very happy and pleased for you. It's a wonderful news indeed. Life is beautiful, enjoy every moment of it. Blessings :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Katrine! Life is a blessing and I try not to take any of it for granted. Blessings to you as well and Happy Easter if you celebrate this.


KatrineDalMonte 4 years ago

Thank you and a wonderful Easter to you too :-)


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man

You are living proof of the irrefutable Law of Gratitude. There are no coincidences in this world and every cloud has a silver lining. If it took cancer to teach you the law of gratitude then so be it and a lesson well learned, Bravo girl!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Aaawh... I am so happy for you. ((Big Hug)) What a relief. The past few months must have been quite challenging. Sorry, if I knew you were going through this, I would have popped by with some little quotes / prayers / inspirational photos.

I'm wishing you lots of happiness and hope all that faces you in the future is pure Joy. (I think I repeated myself. lol) but that's how much happiness I wish you.

Take Care. You have Beautiful Angels.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Xavier-You have such a way with words-I love it! I have learned many lessons in the cancer journey that have helped me grow as a person. Thanks for being such a good friend to me on HubPages. Your words always make me feel better. BTW-Thank you SOOO MUCH for featuring this story on your daily newspaper. Your so thoughtful.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear Lady_E-Thanks so much for your sweet words and well-wishes of staying cancer-free. I can never get too much support in this journey that can be nerve wracking. Keep sending all that happiness-I eat it up!!!! Great to see you here.


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AnnaCia 4 years ago

Dear Minnetonka. I am very happy to know your scan was negative. I cannot imagine how hard must be for you and menu other cancer survivors. I have a dear friend who has 3 stage breast cancer and I just want to hug her and to bring her home with me and take care of her. I wish you the best of the best. Take care and thank you for sharing your story.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Anna and it's my pleasure to share my story and let people know that there is Hope when it comes to surviving this disease. I pray your friend will have a full recovery and long life.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

MT, voted up and all across but funny. I am glad you are able to share your journey as your strength is undeniable. My wife lost her dad to Asbestos just a month ago and we saw him die within a 2 month period. He was already terminal when he found out. It didn't take long for him to go from good to bad. It moved very quick and it was over. You mention in this article that you learned a valuable lesson, live every moment like it was your last. Great message. It has opened my eyes and so does your story. We are not granted a day from now, a week from now. In an instant, it all can be gone. Enjoy your life and LIVE! I am so happy for you and your story does give me inspiration. Thank you for that. I am also glad you are ok:)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Wow, now I see why you call yourself lyricwriter as I can imagine the words and lyrics you come up with. I am so sorry to hear about your father in-law. It is so sad that it took him so fast. He must not have had many symptoms which is common for lung cancer. I was so lucky that a panic attack, which I thought was a heart attack, is what got me in. This is how they discovered the spot on my lung. I don't complain about my anxiety issue anymore as it really did save my life. I appreciate your visit so much and will keep you and your wife in my prayers. I know how hard it is to lose a dad. It's devastating!!


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Earthy Mother 4 years ago from Southeast England

Congratulations to you! You must be sooo relieved! I can totally understand how you feel with regards to the waiting and waiting and then more waiting...trying not to think about it, but not being able to do anything but! I'm so glad the spots went...it's so good to read a positive hub! Love it! xx


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Earthy Mother-There is Nothing like a clean scan to make your year. I love life and I'm so glad God isn't ready for me. I have way too much left to do!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I never was able to do cart-wheels, even when I was young and limber. But I felt like doing them when I heard about your great report about your lungs and no remaining cancer spots. Yippee!!! I can't even imagine the happiness and relief that you must be feeling! Here is to cancer free days the rest of your life. Voted up, useful and sharing this so that others can feel the joy from this hub and also have hope if they are going through those trying types of days.


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Congratulations on your great news! Many happy years to come!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much Peggy for the loving words and for sharing this story. My hope is that my stories about my experience, will bring peace to others that get a cancer diagnosis and give them Hope. Cancer is no longer a death sentence. Let's celebrate by doing some jumping up and down instead of cart-wheels. LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Molly. I do plan on staying cancer-free and living a very long life. Lots to do here :-)


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GarnetBird 4 years ago from Northern California

wow..good Hub and inspiring, too!! They can't keep the Irish down.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

You got that right GarnetBird. We are a strong breed. :-)

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