Monday, February 18, 2013

Good News

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Oncology (from the Ancient Greek onkos (ὄγκος), meaning bulk, mass, or tumor, and the suffix -logy (-λογία), meaning "study of") is a branch of medicine that deals with cancer.

Meet Dr. Michael Gordon, Jim’s Oncologist.

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When you first learn that you or someone you love have a cancerous mass, your brain seems to shut down and you move on autopilot. Trying to find an oncologist that you trust with your life is an overwhelming experience. (And it is as much my life as it is Jim’s.)

We were very blessed because Jim’s regular doctor knew Dr. Michael Gordon and referred us to him. He was definitely an answer to our prayers. He has been with us through every step of our journey with cancer.

Today he had more good news for us. Jim’s scans came back clean. No signs of cancer.

However, the fear and anxiety before the follow up appointment consumes your days and nights. The relief after talking with Dr. Gordon is almost beyond words.

We will do this cycle all over again in May. At that time we will also celebrate our one year anniversary of being cancer free.

To celebrate – Jim went fishing. (Did you really expect anything else?) John went with him today. John celebrated his 90th birthday this year and is going strong.

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John caught one small fish that went back in the water to grow up. The guys had a wonderful time and will be going again.

34 comments:

  1. Wonderful exciting news about Jim. Please pass along our heartfelt congratulations!

    90...John looks about 70.

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  2. Congratulations to Jim, I'm currently 13 years 'C' free. The anxiety diminishes with each passing milestone.

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  3. Lolita and I are so glad for your good news, Jim and Sandy. Wow! never would believe that John is ninety by the picture. Good seeing everyone enjoying life.

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  4. Such good and happy news!!! Take Care & God Blessings to you...

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  5. that is great news Sandie!..hugs to you both!

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  6. Know what you mean about fear Sandie, even though Donna's heart came through this time. I still can't shake the foreboding thought of what happens if it occurs again, after all this is the second time for her.So glad yo hear Jim is cancer free,You guys can now get on with your travels,Give the girls a pet from all of us here at the Weeb Ranch. Remember if you travel east to St Louis we want you guys to stop. Sam & Donna...

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  7. I think that fishing therapy did it. Now, 'cancer free' means onward & upward. You are both gonna have an extra spring in your step.....:))

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  8. Awesome news! Congratulations! That 90 year old fellow looks mighty spry!

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  9. Hey hey hey! Doing The Happy Dance here for Jim and having Uncle NED (No Evidence of Disease) around! That's what we want to hear!

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  10. Wonderful news Sandie! Jim looks great and we are sooo happy for both of you.

    Sharon

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  11. So glad to hear the good news. I am sure the May check-up will yield good news as well. God Bless.

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  12. So Happy To Hear The Good News! :)

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  13. Praise the Lord! What better news could come down the road for you. We have a dear friend who is battling stage 4 cancer. For him we pray every day for survival. Thanks for sharing the good news with us.

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  14. Whoo Hoo, great news! I'm so happy for you both.

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  15. That's wonderful, and I know how relieved you both must be.

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  16. I am so happy to hear your great news about Jim.

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  17. You can see the relief on Jim's face. He's a fighter for sure. Now you both will sleep better.

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  18. What great news. Prayers coming your way that it is always clear. Gods Blessings

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  19. oh sniff.... outstanding news! Sandie AND Jim ... I can relate to the waiting stuff ... hate hate hate to wait and not know ... then the good news! on your knees good news... so happy for you both... ;)

    Sure are a lot of folks fishing here at this lake ... they had a fish fry this weekend with all the fish caught ... don't really know what kind. Such a relaxing hobby though it seems whether you catch anything or not.

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  20. Love you Jim (and Sandie). So happy for you.

    Now about those fish......

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  21. Great news! I know how the waiting feels-after eleven years I still get the sweats waiting for the annual results.

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  22. butterbean carpenterFebruary 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Howdy Sandie & Jim,

    Prayers ARE answered, see there!!! Now he'll have to go buy him another boat!!he he I'm sure the 'girls' were as thrilled as y'all were!! Give'em each a hug for us, please, and if you can reach around him give the 'trailer-man' one too, also!!! We are so glad!!! While you're at it give that young feller, John, one too, also!! Hope Jim catches that 14#r Billy Bob's always talkin' about!

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  23. Such GREAT news indeed. Already looking forward to next year so I can see you guys again.

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  24. Oh, such good news about Jim, Sandie. I'm sure, even more than Jim, you hold your breath while waiting for results. I am so happy for the two of you. The snow in the mountains is beautiful. We are expecting heavy rain here by tonight (I suspect that it is a system you sent our way). Doesn't matter to me, but I have to have long talks with Jack to convince him that he can't hold "it" forever. He's so funny the way he looks off in space as if he's really taking in all I say. When he comes back in, he looks for the big towel I used to hold to dry him--can't do it now, but I do throw it on his back and let him do the best he can. He comes over and lets me know to use my back scratcher on him. He loves it and I can do it without breaking any "rules". Scratches and pats to S&S! They are such bright spots in our lives, aren't they?

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  25. Incredible news topped off by fishing

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  26. That's great news. Now just keep the good news coming.

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