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05-12-2008, 11:46 PM
The most recent verdict is in. Just got back from the appointment a little while ago.
Second biopsy...NEGATIVE for malignant cells.

SO, Mom now has a choice. She can have a PET scan in Vancouver (cancer lights up on this scan) She can have a mediastinoscopy (small surgery to try and get another biopsy....small slit in throat and go in behind the breastbone, overnight and next day in hospital)


She can wait 4 more months, enjoy her summer, and then go back in September for another CT scan to see if anything has grown/shrunk. This idea scares me and excites me at the same time, but I do understand that she's tired of being poked and prodded and scanned and bronch'd.
I kind of want her to get the PET scan...but the choice is hers to make :)

Right now, of course she wants to wait. My next step will be researching nutrition/supplements/natural stuff. If you know of any good books, please let me know what they are. Mom will be going to see a Naturopath as well to see what they have to say.

That's the up to the minute news...THANK YOU for the prayers and positive thoughts! She's feeling really good.

I guess we can stop saying she has lung cancer now...because we just don't know...THAT feels good...sort of...still scary not knowing for sure.

Love you tons,

05-13-2008, 12:22 AM

That is such great news. while I haven't been around much lately, I do poke my head in once in a while and I was so happy to read your post!!!!


05-13-2008, 01:15 AM
So that is pretty good news!! I hope she decides to do the PET scan also! I will keep your family in my thoughts!!

05-13-2008, 01:38 AM
Hey Linda - I definitely think she should go for the PET scan, then if it's negative she can enjoy MORE than 4 months, and worry free! I really do believe in the natural side of things and own Prescription for Nutritional Healing. I love that book!!! Infact, I rarely take medication for things that bother me. If she ever decides to do a detox - one I really enjoy was "Wild Rose Detox" it's a local (BC) made one, which I also liked. You eat a ton of food, just certain foods in certain percentages. Anyways, hope everything else is going good with you!


05-13-2008, 02:48 AM
Oh Linda!! That is so great it's not cancer! :hug: I'm so happy for you & your family!

And yes, I would do the PET scan too. It sounds less invasive. :grouphug:

05-13-2008, 03:48 AM
Sorry this is a little off topic, but I'm amazed there is someone else from Vancouver Island.

I'm in Comox, where are you?

05-13-2008, 07:38 AM
That is wonderful news! Thanks so much for the update.

05-13-2008, 08:48 AM
Hi Linda,

It's so good to hear from you and to hear such promising news. Please know that my prayers will continue to be with you and your Mom.

05-13-2008, 08:53 AM
Linda, this is AMAZING news. Just amazing. The best possible scenario.

Gosh, how they tortured you though. I'm glad you've finally gotten some answers and that they're such good ones.

Here's to continued good news!!!!

05-13-2008, 08:58 AM
That's awesome news Linda that she doesn't have lung cancer :hug: I'm sure you're all relieved. My FIL had lung cancer and I know how hard it gets :( And like others suggested maybe doing a PET scan is good. I can see she's probably tired of all the prodding and stuff but I'm sure once she's done this she'll be able to spend the summer worry free.

05-13-2008, 11:40 AM
What relief you must feel! I am so happy to hear this!

05-13-2008, 12:22 PM
Raia :) :hug:
There are a few of us from the Island here..not too many.
I'm in Parksville!

Everybody....THANK YOU!
I really believe that your involvement has made a difference!!!
The doctor does still believe it's probably lung cancer, but he also hopes he's wrong! But we've had nothing but good news so far :)

I do believe that I will push for the PET scan.


05-13-2008, 02:09 PM
THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!! :carrot::carrot::carrot: YOUR MOM IS IN MY PRAYERS..... GOOD LUCK

05-13-2008, 02:16 PM
Well - that is good news at least! :hug:

05-13-2008, 02:21 PM
Thank goodness for some good news :hug:

05-13-2008, 05:39 PM
:hug: :grouphug:

I just love you guys so much!

05-14-2008, 12:13 AM
I'm so glad to read this good news Linda! I hope your Mom will be well.

05-14-2008, 02:46 PM
I am glad to hear things were negative!

My mom is going through similar woes right now with the possibility of lung cancer. It's scary. I hope hers comes back negative, also.

05-14-2008, 03:40 PM
Wonderful news, Linda! I bet your family is so happy.

05-14-2008, 05:39 PM
Winterstarzz! :hug:
I'm so, SO sorry that you are going through this too.

It's unbelievably hard.

Please feel free to PM me if you'd like to talk more about it, OK?

:hug: and always more thanks to everyone!

05-14-2008, 08:26 PM
Okay, this is totally not my forum but I was searching this forum looking for inspiration from you guys... anyway WAY WAY off topic...


Live in Nanaimo and work in Parksville.

05-14-2008, 10:29 PM
Hi Courtnie :)

We've PM'd before...it's so nice to see other Islanders..isn't it??
I wonder if I've seen you at work??


05-14-2008, 10:30 PM
I have such the worst memory!! LOL

I work in like a closed office, so you probably havent seen me! haha

It is for sure sooo nice to see other people from the area!!

05-16-2008, 10:44 AM
Yay for the good news. I'm like you and would definitely want the PET scan. If it were me and there was still a possibility I had cancer, I would want to know sooner rather than later.
Hange in there :grouphug:

05-16-2008, 11:02 AM
Linda, I've been watching for your updates and am so glad to see that you have had some good news. You and your mom have been in my thoughts.

BTW, off-topic. I think I will be attending a conference in Vancouver in August. I will be sure to come to the Vancouver chicks for suggestions on things to see and do while I'm there.

05-16-2008, 12:25 PM
Schmoodle! That's awesome that you'll be in these parts! ;)

I wouldn't be a good person to ask for advice about Vancouver though. I'm on Vancouver Island, and avoid the mainland like the plague. Big cities intimidate me :lol:
Even though it's only a 1.5 hour ferry ride away, I only make it over there maybe once a year, and only if absolutely necessary.
However, having said that..Vancouver is a gorgeous city. Stanley park is amazing...incredible beaches, and the Vancouver Aquarium is not to be missed. And supposedly the shopping is incredible...if you like that sort of thing...:lol: I personally am not one who thinks shopping is fun..probably comes from years of being too broke to buy what I want ;)

Thank you for the continued thoughts for me and Mom and our family. I truly believe it has something to do with these good results!
Now we have much more waiting. I will let you know when I find out the date of the PET scan. It will be quite a while though, I believe Vancouver has the only machine in BC.


05-16-2008, 02:29 PM
:hug: Oh Linda! :hug: That such good news!! I don't know how I missed this earlier!