Celebrating being Cancer Free after a Worrisome Scan

One of my many cat scans as a cancer survivor
One of my many cat scans as a cancer survivor

Cat Scan of December of 2010

I have great news to share with all of you, but before I do, I will backtrack to December. As a lung cancer survivor, I went for my yearly cat scan in December of 2010. I wasn't too terribly nervous about this particular scan because I was almost seven years cancer-free at the time. The oncologist told me there was a spot on my right lung which is the lung that had cancer in 2004. I had already experienced two other scans that showed a spot and each time they disappeared by the next cat scan. Although it's always unsettling to get a questionable scan, I wasn't extremely worried about it.



Definition of lung cancer

Definition of lung cancer according to Medical News Today:

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

Scary Results of Cat Scan

In March of 2011, I went back for my follow-up cat scan to find out if the spot was gone. My normally upbeat and laid back oncologist had a serious look on her face. She stated, "Linda, your spot is gone but now you have four new spots and one is pretty big. I fell apart! I found myself blurting out the "F" bomb and broke down crying. I said, "the cancer can't come back, I have a beautiful life and things to finish."

The plan of attack was to come back in June for another follow-up cat scan. The best case scenario would be that either the spots would get smaller or disappear completely, which would mean that the spots weren't cancer.

The past three months have been pretty tough for me. I have to thank my family for their patience, love and understanding during this difficult time. They had to put up with my irritability, anxiousness, moodiness, or as my niece puts it: "Crabbiness."

Lung Cancer Quiz

Great Results of Follow-Up Scan Results

I had the follow-up cats can Thursday, June 14 and an appointment with my oncologist for the results on Thursday, June 16. I brought my twin sister with me for moral support. I know that Laura needed to be with me as much as I needed her. After introducing my sister to the oncologist, she said, "great news Linda, your cat scan was great and the four spots are gone." Laura and I Hugged, then started Jumping up and down like a couple of kids.

I want to thank all of my friends on HubPages for all the prayers and well-wishes these past few months. Your warm words and positivity was so helpful during this waiting period. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, or should I say from the bottom of my right lung. LOL

God Bless you all and remember that life is a gift.

Hoping this hub finds all of my writer friends Happy and Healthy.


Waiting for Results

Have you ever had to Wait for Worrisome Medical Results

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© 2011 Linda Rogers

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

What wonderful news and a reminder to all of us to remember that life truly is a gift and each day a blessing from God.

I rejoice along with you and Laura and am so happy you got a great report on the follow-up scan!

Much Blessings and Love to both of you.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

So very happy to hear this wonderful news. Enjoy each day as it comes and as they say..."smell the roses!" Perhaps you and your sister Laura are still "woo-hooing" and dancing up and down. Nice to have a sister to share important things like this with and also celebrate the good news.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Awesome news - I am so happy for you and your family!


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seriousnuts 5 years ago from Philippines

That's great Minnetonka Twin! I'm happy for you.:)


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

That news is so good, I think I'll end my evening with it. Just wonderful. Good night.


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Gypsy48 5 years ago

Great news for you and your family! Wishing you the best.


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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

That's great! =) God bless you


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Prasie God!!! So happy for you and your family..

Sunnie


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Praise God indeed, He is in control!


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

This is a hub that made my day and gives me a lot of hope also. This is wonderful news! I am a one year survivor of lung and brain cancer so I know the ups and downs you and your family must have gone through, God bless you. We have to keep on fighting and never, never give up hope. Have a wonderful day Minnetonka Twin.


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Thanks for sharing wonder news. May God bless you for your fighter spirit and sharing so others will know there is hope, you're living proof.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I usually enjoy my morning coffee with a dose of Epigraman's hubs but when I saw this title I had to come straight away to read about the joyous news! Praise God indeed!!!! So happy for you both!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I am so happy for you and your family. Thanks for sharing this wonderful news. Big Hugs!!!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I am in tears of happiness for you and praise for God.


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Teddletonmr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Outstanding news, God speed, best wishes. Mike


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

I'm so-so-so happy for you, Linda, and I wish you the best of health ahead. I can imagine your relief and also your determination to live the rest of your life as best as you can. I'm looking forward to read about all your comings and goings. Prepare yourself to help me catch a hen-like creature lying eggs of gold. I've spotted him and am busy planning his future in our court. I’m going to need the help of all my hubber-friends :)))


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi MT,

So glad you are all better!!

Best wishes, Stu


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain

Wonderful wonderful news Linda :)


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What Wonderful, Wonderful News Linda. I am so Happy for You and your family. A TRULY GREAT HUB read! And, Thanks for the Video of Van Morrison, great way to start the day!


marellen 5 years ago

That is the BEST news....I'm so happy for you...A nice hub to read this morning and made my day. I'm smiling for you. And I love Van Morrison too.


The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago

Wonderful news! Congratulations and wishes for many more happy, cancer-free years.


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jrsearam 5 years ago from San Juan, PR

Good for you Minnetonka!!!


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

God is Great and he is Good. There in lays the message that "to those who have been given much, much will be expected". I recently have received such a great blessing and am happy to hear that you have also. I was unaware of your ails or I would have directed more defined prayer for you. I find these times as our chance to do better, love stronger, and provide ourselves to others that faith can and does often provide us the chance to witness to those of little faith a stronger message with the Rock of promises our foundation is built upon. Yahweh made a pact that "the life of man shall be 120 years, a reduction of 600 years and more in the days of Noah. Yet we see few hit 100. I am attempting to give back what I have received and hope you will realize that you have been given a gift and God still has a purpose for you in mind, one I hope you find and attempt to fulfill. I'm not 100% sure of what mine is, but I will keep giving while searching in prayer what it is, as I have been given an extended life by the hands of surgeons and the research of men who made the components that are in my body now. Had it been 30 years ago, I would be dead 20 years ago.

Many more blessings and much love, dust


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hello :)

Wonderful news ~ very pleased for you! :)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

That's awesome news and I know how it feels being a two-timer myself. Keep fighting the good fight!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

My eyes pool full with very happy tears for you! I can only imagine the relief, freedom, and joy you must now feel. Many prayers and positive thoughts have germinated on your behalf, and it is such a wonderfully beautiful morning now, knowing by dear HubBuddy has kicked the beast in the noggin and now dances in the glow of victory! I now simply dream of how gloriously worry-free your life can truly be.

Dancing a little "jig" myself on your behalf! ;)

K9


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

Congratulations for this miracle and a double-congrats for sharing it!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Great news! Remember that Bob Marley song I told you about? I've been singing it for you! I'm glad you're well, you deserve it! Peace and Love!! Tom


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Thank goodness - I am woo hooing for you and doing the happy dance in Central Oregon - I may even give myself a high 5 to cap it off! You go, girl!!!!!!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

This is wonderful news...I've been wondering since your previous less promising report.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Linda thanks for sharing this wonderful news,'woo hoo' !!!


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Life is truly a blessing. So glad for your recovery. May God Bless You. xxx Peg


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Congrats. Wishing you much joy, YEA!!!!!!!


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Great to hear. Congratulations.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is such wonderful news! Thank you for sharing it. My best wishes to you and your sister.


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Linda: I am so pleased to hear your wonderful news. May God keep and bless you always. Tammy


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Praise and thank the Lord for the good news. Congratulations! What a relief! Blessings and peace.


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

Oh, what great news! I'm so happy for you.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

God bless! God bless!


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing such wonderful news. I feel like jumping up and down!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

God Bless you Happyboomernurse-I can't tell you how grateful I am to be ok. I love life and have so much left to accomplish. Blessings friend :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Peggy and yes, we are still Celebrating the clean scan. I am so blessed to have so much support from my hubpage friends, family and friends. I don't plan to stop celebrating for a while. LOL :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Sooo much RealHousewife-It means a lot to me :)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks seriousnuts :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thanks mckbirds-Sweet dreams, I know mine will be :)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Gypsy. Life is good over here :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks cheerfulnuts and God Bless you too :-) YIPPEE


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thanks Sunnie-Praise God is right. I am so blessed :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Michael-God is so good and I am so blessed that he's given me more time here. I'm so happy :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Carrie- it's so great to hear from you. I am so happy that your also cancer-free. Yes,we'd do anything to become or stay cancer-free. Fight fight fight. It's amazing how strong the need to live is, when your sick or diagnosed with cancer or other disease. I think and pray for you often my friend. Thanks for being a part of my celebration :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Fiddleman-I do hope that my story helps others struggling with a life-threatening disease or other illness. Life is such a gift and I prayed to God that I was cancer-free and not ready to go yet. He heard my prayers.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thanks Pooh. I think it's always good to start the day with something cheerful and hopeful. I like to start my day with Epigrammans poems too. He is a legend here:-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks JustaskSusan-Life is pretty upbeat over here-So glad that three month wait is over. UUGH! Hugs back to you :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thanks hyphenbird. Life is good, God is great-What can I say :-) How about: YIPPEE


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Teddletonmr :-) Woo Hoo


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Martie-Life is good over here. So glad this three month wait for the scan is over and I got a clean bill of health. Happy to help you with the hen. I'll check it out :-) Peace my friend


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Stu-Much appreciated my friend :-) YAE, YIPPEE, WooHoo!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Maggs and thanks for your comment on RG too :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Glad you enjoyed Van the man, b.Malin. I thought it was fitting because I've been doing a lot of dancing since getting the great news and Van always inspires me. Thanks for your kind words. :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

marellen-OH, thanks so much for your sweet words. Glad it helped start your day with some good news. I am so HAPPY. I'm like a little kid-Everything looks magical to me. Woo Hoo :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much jrsearam. I am so grateful.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear 50-Caliber-Your words not only touched me deeply but really hit home with me. I plan on making God proud of me with the gift he just gave me. Life took on a deeper meaning when I was diagnosed, but these past three months of not knowing if the cancer came back, actually gave me a big reminder and kick in the butt. I know God has a special plan for me and I'm up for the great challenge. Thanks for taking time to comment on my great news. I am so glad to hear your doing well too. YIPPEE to us :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Trish,there's nothing better than knowing your going to be ok. I appreciate your well-wishes :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

So glad to hear your doing well too, Suburban Poet. Life is so precious :-) I'll be doing the Relay for Life walk this next Friday and I can't wait. I've never done this particular cancer walk before. Have you done this walk?


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

So great to see you here K9. I am so relieved this scare is behind me so I can move on with my life with peace. I'm sure my family is glad to see my attitude take a better turn. LOL Thanks for doing the jig with me.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Patty-Life is so good and I'm so happy :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for serenading me tom, I love it. Peace and love to you too friend :-)YIPPEE


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi akircher-I giggled as I read your comment. I could totally visualize you dancing and high fiving yourself. Thanks so much for stopping by, it means a lot :-) Woo Hoo


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Will-It's so good to have this scare behind me. People might even like being around me now. LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much kashmir-WOO HOO :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Peg-Life is so great and I don't plan on going anywhere for a long long time. God Bless and hugs to you :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks, always exploring. Joy is so very fitting :-) Yae is right and I'll add a splash of WOO HOO.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you kindly Rob :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Alicia. This scare was really hard on sis and her two kids. Their telling me how nice I am now. LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for your sweet words Tammy. God is good and certainly heard all the prayers. Blessings to you :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much nightbear. It's amazing how light I feel now. That was a tough three months. I am looking forward to all the great days that lie ahead. Blessings :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Einron-Yes indeed, I am so thankful and grateful to God for my clean scan. So many people were praying for me and helped support me through this tough time. Life is gonna be even sweeter after this. WOO HOO


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Catgypsy, I appreciate it. YIPPEE :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Micky Dee-Thank You, Thank You-Life is Awesome :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Breakfast Pop-Thanks for coming by. Come on, let's jump up and down right now. No holding back :-)LOL


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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Wonderful news, I think God just likes to remind us sometimes of how precious our lives are, and then give us a nice surprise when we stop taking things for granted.

Voted up, awesome and beautiful, cos this hub has the best news in it for all your friends:-}

May God carry on blessing you and your family.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Rejoicing with you!!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I am super happy for you.


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Lil Mustard Seed 5 years ago from Central Texas

Thank You...thank you for the hope that all will be okay. I had a biopsy done this past Friday and I will find out this coming Friday my results. I was placed into the hospital before Easter with what I thought was the stomach virus to find out that my health was more serious than I thought. Your writing was hope for me today. Thank You.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi Lil Mustard Seed ,

Will be hoping you are OK. I know what it's like; I had multiple severe neurological, renal, and tendon problems for about 20 months (all were going on simultaneously in 2008-2009). It was really terrifying, and I had to have multiple operations, very painful physical therapy, etc. But in the end, the doctors fixed it all. So keep your spirits up as best you can. And we'll all be praying for your fast recovery.

Stu


SusieQ42 5 years ago

I'm so happy for you! What a scare, huh? I've been through it all with John (bittersweet memories hub) and know how terrifying it can be. The Lord is always good!!!


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quester.ltd 5 years ago

What a blessing for you and your family - God smiled on your life, enjoy and pass on the Blessings.Stay in prayer and in love. Blessings and good thoughts go with you.

q


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

I send you love, prayers and ask for miracles in your life! You hang in there and I am so happy the spots are gone! :-) Give God the glory! hugs..


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Steph-I did get a reminder not to take life for granted. I can't stop dancing :-)thanks for your sweet words :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Tamarajo-God is so good :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Lil Mustard Seed-I am praying for GREAT results on Friday. Im so glad my hub was helpful for you. No worries, God is right there with you through all the worries as he was for me. God Bless :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

STU-Good to see you here. Thanks for sharing your story with lil mustard seed. Hope is everything. By Friday, we'll be reading Lil Mustard Seed's hub on good news.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi SusieQ-Thanks so much for stopping. I'll have to go read your hub on John. God is so good :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Quester-Thanks for your lovely words. Yes, I plan to pass on God's sweet gift by helping others more. Blessings to you:-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

All glory to God indeed :-) Thanks so much for coming to help me celebrate life Jo.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

A great ending indeed. God has gave you life again. You are right. Take advantage of it dear friend. I am so sorry for your struggle with cancer but I am sure it has made you wiser and stronger. Everything happens for a reason. God Bless.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thanks for writing and share this with us. I always pray for you and your family. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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epigramman 5 years ago

..I am sorry I am a bit late my dear dear Linda - but I think of you often and with sincere best wishes and pure thoughts of you (you see, cancer took the life of my best friend, my dad) and I have an insight to what an insidious horrible thing it is .......so I send you my good energy and a cyber hug too! And yes you have been a glowing light in my life here at the Hub - and you are my 'lighthouse' ......


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks lyricwriter. I am so truly blessed and so thankful that all is well. What a relief for me and my family :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for your prayers Prasetio, I so appreciate it. Blessings to you friend :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Colin-You have me all choked up my dear friend. Thanks for stopping in and celebrating with me. Life is so good and I am so relieved and grateful. Please take my cyber hug too and know it is really a good and long one.


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Nikki D. Felder 5 years ago from Castle Hayne, N.C.

This is a true victory indeed! What amazing courage you exemplify by sharing your experience! Thank you, Nikki D. Felder


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thank you Nikki. All of you on Hubpages are a very big part of my courage. With the love and support here, I can get through tough times. Blessings :-)


The font 5 years ago

I am so happy to read this! Thank you so much for sharing, such fantastic news!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much for reading "The font" and for your well wishes. I am so grateful :-)


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stars439 3 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

I am so happy for you dear, and precious cherished heart. It looks like you have a wonderful doctor looking after you, and everyone on Hub Pages adores you. You are always in my heart, and in my prayers with everyone I cherish . God Bless You, and you're dear twin.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Stars-always so nice to have you stop by. I am blessed for sure as I'm now almost nine years cancer free. God knew I had to help my sister raise her two kids. I will say hi to Laura for you right now. God Bless my friend and have a great evening.

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