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26 January 2010 @ 04:16 pm
Some Good News Finally...  
For those of you who have been following the saga of HalfshellHusband's cancer, we finally got some good news:

His MRI scan results came back, and the bone marrow (where the lymphoma was) is cancer-free! \o/

We're hugely relieved that he's considered cured, and after some radiation therapy over the next few months he'll be done. That shouldn't be anywhere near as bad as the chemo treatment, so he can start doing the things he wants to do soon, without the constant threat of nausea or exhaustion.

Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes and support through all of this. It has helped more than you know.

In less momentous news, Christopher got his cast off about 2 1/2 weeks ago. He still missed his team's opening basketball game (his wrist was so stiff at first, and his whole arm was weak). He missed the following week's game too, because his class was driving to Yosemite for their 5-day trip (the one that was supposed to happen in October). He had a great time in Yosemite, and after the first day it was all mostly snow (endless rain here all week in Sacramento, and I'm glad his trip wasn't just a mud-fest). They had to move from the tent cabins into Yosemite Lodge two days later (massive wind threat), but the kids were oblivious, and the trip home was set back about 5 hours while the Park Service removed fallen trees from the highway. All the adult chaperones were worrying, and the kids were all "La-la-la"-ing in the snow. ;)

Lauren is done selling Girl Scout Cookies for this year (Yay!), and apparently holds the top G.P.A. in her grade. This includes some of the challenging classes that she was worried would be too much for her, so that's building some confidence. And she's playing basketball both in the bigger rec league AND in a smaller rec league (after trying out for the middle school team and not making it), where the coach bumped her up into the 8th-grade group to balance the numbers. This second rec league is a big step for her, because her best friend DID make the school team and Lauren's playing without her emotional "crutch."

And me? I'm writing slowly (snail's pace) and trying to get rid of some of the weight I regained starting when HSH's cancer diagnosis hit. And still mourning the Ducks' loss in the Rose Bowl (because who knew Terrelle Pryor was going to out-Masoli Jeremiah Masoli? Damn).

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The Grammarian about whom your mother warned you.acostilow on January 27th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
*hugs* I'm terribly sorry I haven't been around much, but my thoughts have been with you.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!

I haven't been around as much either, mostly too much stress from holidays and all the cancer-related stuff.
MacByrnemacbyrne on January 27th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
That's absolutely wonderful news!!! I'm so glad for your entire family! It feels funny to say 'Congratulations' for something like that, but I'm sure you know what I mean! So Congratulations!!! *hugs you hard*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
:D I do know what you mean-- and we're feeling very lucky right now.

Thanks for the hugs and the good thoughts!
Mara: Yaymara_snh on January 27th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Aw, that's some good news. I've been hearing a lot of that this week from my Supernatural friends. We all must be doing something right -- well, not me, but...most of us, I guess ;-)

Seriously? {{{HUG}}}

Edited at 2010-01-27 01:17 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
We've been waiting in limbo since this began, and thank goodness the verdict is what we were hoping for.

*hugs you back*
I'm beginning to dislike the man with the whipesorlehcar on January 27th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
*hugs you a lot* I'm so glad for all of you.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! It's been a long, hard road, and I'm just glad the outcome is good. *whew*
getting the chocolate in the peanut butterdotfic on January 27th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad he's cancer free! *hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
He was told the cure rate was high, but the doctor started mumbling unsettling things near the end, so we are IMMENSELY relieved at that conclusion. *hugs*
Former wild child of the 80's: Dean - fist in the airsierra_foxx on January 27th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Awesome news about HSH! What a great way to start 2010. *hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
Thank you!

So much more promising than 2010, and he's so glad to not be living under that shadow. \o/
Destinadestina on January 27th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Yay for cancer-free! I'm so glad. *hugs!*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 07:49 am (UTC)
Me too! *hugs you back*
brigid_tanner: Dean-FTWbrigid_tanner on January 27th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
YAY!!! About time you and yours got good news. Awesome.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
It's been tough this past year, that's for sure. Having the cancer gone is such a relief.
janissa11: deanflowerjanissa11 on January 27th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
Oh, BEST of all possible news!! *HUGS THE STUFFING OUT OF BOTH OF YAS*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've been needing that kind of hug for ages, too. :D
Entendre? Make mine a double.: gleedeirdre_c on January 27th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
CONGRATS to HSH!!! WHEEEE!!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
Finally! \o/
frostian: firefly/kayleefrostian on January 27th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
All right!

2010 is looking up already! :)

Hope you guys celebrate by splurging and going out someplace good to eat!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
SO much better than 2009, for us and many others close to home.

He'll be glad to consider the possibility of going out to eat. I think we've been on only 2-3 dinner dates since that chemo started, because the late part of the day is almost always bad.

The only question is, will he pick Mexican or Chinese. Well, we could pick "fancy" too, but he's really missed his "basic food groups" (Mexican, Italian, Chinese, and dessert).
Pix: [Etc] Pretty pink flowerpixel_0 on January 27th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
Oh, that's wonderful to hear that he's cancer free! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
It really is. The things the doctor started to mumble at the end were making us nervous, so we're very relieved that the results were actually the same as the original prognosis. *whew*
cindy: coming soon - gleetsuki_no_bara on January 27th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
that's such good news about hsh! i'm so glad he's going to be ok. *smish*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)
Thank you, Cindy! *huggles*
CaffieneKitty: yaycaffienekitty on January 27th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
We're hugely relieved that he's considered cured, and after some radiation therapy over the next few months he'll be done.

Hooray for good news!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)
Finally! And the kind that really counts, too!
alienmom: cheers-toastalienmom on January 27th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
a huge woot! for HSH!!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
Yes! \o/