Woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend... Just when I thought life could not get any better I heard a knock on my door, it was Cancer.
It changed everything but not for the worse. I choose Life and Hope .
BACK OFF CANCER is what I say!

The beginning of this journey...shaving my head

The beginning of this journey...shaving my head
Me, Francesca, on April 1st 2007, the day I shaved my head....

Friday, April 13, 2007

A small Victory! A great day! CHEMO II 4/12

My second cycle of chemo was scheduled for today and although I didn't sleep super well , I woke up energized and ready to go.... I know the chemo will make me better .
Brought Leonardo to school, where most of his cute friends say that I look like a boy,... the honesty of children!!! and headed to the clinic at 930 am.

Before they start, they run some tests and I had to see Dr. Goy, my oncologist. He is a TRIP! Probably 50, French, hyper, say/do/think a million things at the same time, cute , stylish..... and I just feel such a sense of confidence with him! I told him I was going to help him raise money and awareness and immediately he dialed the phone of one of his patients, Sharon Parker, and we yapped for 30 mins , I will connect with her soon, she has already written a book and launch a foundation.. I have some catching up to do, right?

Then.. I got GREAT news... !!! Both my LIPASE and my AMYLASE numbers looked great, continuing to go down to close to healthy levels ... but the BEST GREAT news were that my mass had already shrank about 20% , in only one session of chemo!!!!! The mass in the pancreas was almost totally gone.

This #$@%^& Lymphoma will be sorry it got close to me! I will punch it, kick it , torture it!
I will kill it, and SLASH ITS THROAT! ( Veronica, Stephen and Hil: that is for you!!!!!)

I am so excited about these news and I want you all to know !

I had my chemo and feel fine. Monday I will start my shots. I expect to be just fine as well.

Thank you to all the nurses at the cancer center and all the staff and Dr Goy and Dr Feldman office... I truly feel I have incredible doctors and that makes the flight easier!

My sister gets here tomorrow... I cant wait!

A big big kiss to all from a VERY HAPPY, OPTIMISTIC CANCER PATIENT!

much love


ney said...

querida, que boa notícia mesmo!!! que o gostinho devitóriadessabatalha se perpetueaté o fimda guerra!!! parabéns!!!!

The Laqueurs said...

FG - You are an amazing soul and I am proud to know you. I love your positive outlook and you WILL beat this I can just feel it.

I'm here anytime you want to chat or need a lift!

JP Laqueur

Angela said...

Frannie, I'm so happy. You just made my day! I look forward to reading your special somethings every day. I love ya!
Tua amica, ANGELA

Rachel said...

Francesca, I worried about you all day yesterday and was so immensely happy and relieved when I saw your email this morning. This is all you! Your amazing spirit and determination is beating back the cancer. xoxo Rachel

Order Period said...

Frannie, I was so happy to read this posting this morning. Your strength and blissful spirit are an inspiration to anyone who has met you... All our love and prayers are with you everyday.

Just holler when you are up for a visit with lots of love and lasagna..

Mary and Frank

Demethress said...

This is GREAT news! That's right, KICK THAT cancer's ASS, GURL! To God go the victory! He has a strong warrior in you. Continue with your positive attitude and I will continue loosing the rest of this disease from your life in prayer.
Love you,

The said...

Dear Francesca, you can't imagine how happy your news made us! We know you will defeat this bastard!!Your uplifting spirit and your positive energy are amazing and they will fight the cancer until it's GONE !!

We love you,

The Burnetts