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....

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I can see the Finish Line!!!



What can I say? Today feels really GOOD and I have news to share... I wish I could scream... to everyone who wants to listen.... I never ran a Marathon, and I hope to get to that one day, but I imagine how must a runner feel when he/she reaches mile 26 and to know that you have 0.2 left... I don't underestimate how difficult these 0.2 miles must be but I also imagine that you can taste your accomplishment... This is how I feel! I still have my " 0.2 miles" ... but I can see the finish line....

Last Friday I did a PET scan... this is a test that checks your body for cancer cells.. I also did a CAT scan.. that once checks the size of tumors...

PET scan came NEGATIVE!!!!!!!!! Then I asked : WHAT DOES IT MEAN????? Well.. no more cancer cells.... and the mass has shrunk to 2.5 cm X 4.6 cm ( only 25% of its original size) ...

I will still have to do 2 more chemotherapy sessions to kill anything that may still want to grow and maybe a small amount of radiation directly on the mass. Dr. Goy said that I am 90% done and his words were: You are probably already in remission!!!!! He feels that I could not have responded any better to treatment.

Next 2 chemos 5/25 and 6/9 and then hopefully I AM DONE !!!!!

a Big Kiss to all and although there will be many Thank yous coming your way ... You can already begin to feel my gratitude and love for your support during this difficult journey!!!!

17 comments:

Chiarapurpurina said...

Viva!!!!!!!
Viva!!!!!!!
Viva!!!!!!!

Stacey said...

Do you realize that from the day you started this blog saying that you had been diagnosed, till today, when you posted that you had a negative PET scan, it has only been two months?!?! You are incredible ;-)

SEAMUS said...

Great News!!

It is wonderful to know that you have had such blessings in your life, that you appreciate them and are able to look forward to your future with your family and friends.

Keep kicking ass and you will be in my thoughts and prayers for continued success in fighting off cancer.

congratulations

rob fitzhenry

ney said...

essa foi, sem dúvida, a melhornotícia atéagora!!! PARABÉNS!!! viva!!!!!!!!!!!

neila said...

Checca,

Que emoçao!!!
Vai que essa e tua...
Foi a melhor noticia que recebi, ainda estou me recuperando.

Forza Italia!

neila

Demethress said...

Fantastic Francesca!
This is great news. Praise God! I know He will have many more blessing in store for you. This is only the beginning. I will continue to pray for your full recovery.
Love ya,
Deme

Deborah said...

Vai se preparando pra me visitar em Barcelona E com os limoes pra caipirinha!!!!!

Parabéns, vc tem todo o mérito dessa primeira vitória !

Un beso,
Deborah

Betina said...

Que noticia maravilhosa!
PARABENS FRANNIE!!!!!!!!

Beijos e abracos,
Betina

magaliklajmic said...

Querida
Estou profundamente emocionada e feliz. Rezei muito para que isto acontecesse, e continuarei porque está dando muito certo.(Para todos os Giessmann pois estão ncluidos no pacote Gadaleta/Klajmic, que eu amo). Você pode ter certeza que a sua postura perante a doença foi 80% da cura. O mérito é seu!!!Continue assim, guerreira e linda, com muita saúde!!!
Magali

Bill said...

Francesca

Your graceful determination leads you through this difficult journey in a way I will always remember and admire.I say graceful because there has certainly been a divine influence operating from within-helping to strengthen your spirit!

You go girl, all the way!!!
And we will be there at the finish line!!

Love & Hugs
Barb

Sarah said...

You are fantastic and continue to be such an inspiration as I sit here crying, reading your blogs, your journey is truly amazing. When I think about you and your family, I actually feel strength. Your honesty is refreshing, your compassion is beautiful and your love is contagious. Thank you for sharing yourself so eloquently.

nancycc3 said...

You are amazing! What great fantastic wonderful news.

Vampdaddy said...

Incredible! I hope you enjoy your last steps as part of a VICTORY LAP!

Caliope said...

to muito feliz c/ essa notícia!!

Bob said...

Great News! My money's been on you all the way.....Never underestimate the power of THE GRILLO!!!!!

Bless you.....

neila said...

Checca ta todo mundo com saudades de voce...

Bj

Neila

Suzanne said...

Thanks for writing this.