Tuesday, January 4, 2011

MRI update...

I got great news from the Doctor yesterday. Dr. Szabo (my oncologist) said that
the MRI last week showed that the tumor is stable and that I am "exactly
where 'we' want you to be." "we" would be my 3 doctors (neurologist,
oncologist, and radiologist). I am feeling ok, my energy level is
coming back and my appetite is finally returning so it's not torture to
eat anymore. I've lost about 20 lbs over the past 6 months, for the
longest time all I craved was fruit or sweets. Not a diet I would
recommend for your health but you will lose weight.

I have been lucky enough to have a hoard of people praying for me, and I have no doubt that God had his hand on my entire recovery/surgery. Looking back there is no question that He went before me and prepared the way. The PA (physician's assistant) that I met with the morning I got my diagnosis, had enough drive to call United Healthcare and argue with them so that my insurance would pay for the CT scan. I was across the street from Emory Hospital, and the on-call neurosurgeon just happened to be one of the best in the southeast. My surgery was supposed to take 4 hrs and she took 7 (she used the extra time to cut off the blood supply to the back of the tumor, which worked because the blood supply is still cut off). God worked through Dr. Florence Barnett to save my life http://barnettneurosurgery.com/ and I am so grateful! She is one of the best doctors I have had the privilege of knowing.

Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers, please keep them coming because I don't have this thing beat yet. I do have a peace that started the day I got my diagnosis, I have not really had fear, just a comforting feeling that God was in control of the situation and that I didn't need to worry. My greatest fear has been for my father and my husband. I can't imagine what my father would do if something happened to me or what I would do if something happened to JJ.

I hope that everyone is doing wonderful and had a fun and safe New Year's Eve. We'll see what 2011 has in store, thank you for being interested enough to read all of my ramblings. Love to all of my friends and thank you again for your prayers, they are working :-)


  1. You are an inspiration to me. Praise God for His continued work in your life as you fight this. We are so blessed to have you be a part of our family!!

  2. I am so glad you are back on your blog. Lot's of people will love hearing from you too. Love you!

  3. Dear Sandi
    Reading your blog, and off course adding myself as a fan to your page makes me feel so... privileged. Privileged for being able to read your thoughts, and privileged that I am a norwegian. I´m a nurse living and working in norway and even though we all know that americans don´t have a great health system, it just strikes me how lucky we are over here. I mean- sure- you guys have some great, wonderful doctors and I´m sure they do just as well and maybe even better than the ones we have over here, the difference being that ours are free. Patients dealing with cancer in Norway don´t have to think about paying for treatment or medicine, and they do take it for granted that they will get the best medicine and treatment available at all times. Anything else would just not be acceptable. If you need to be in the hospital, you are. Won´t cost you anything. If there´s a drug better than the other, that will help- you will get it. Your family gets paid to help take care of you when you´re sick. You get sick leave fully paid.
    Im not saying this to make us look good and you feel bad. Im just saying it because it´s sooooo unfair. And we complain over here. About our system. My patients complain all the time about not getting their medicin quite quickly enough- or that their food didn´t taste as well as they wanted it to... that they had to wait for the doctor another 20 minutes.. or that they just didn´t get a private room, but had to share it with another patient...
    I guess it´s just two different worlds... but I want to make them closer

    Is there anything I can do to help you? I want to help.

    I can´t even start to imagine what you and your family is going through
    but if there´s at all anything I can do to help, pleace let me know

    lots of love and good thoughts