It has been a busy couple of weeks and I am a bit late on my regular every-3-month-MRI-update post, as Paul and I recently went on a honeymoon-do-over trip to Europe. As many of you know, two months after our original honeymoon marked the onset of my symptoms from the brain tumour, subsequent brain surgery, cancer diagnosis, emergency treatment in Boston, and side effects from chemo that resulted in not being able to walk on my own for 9-10 months. Needless to say, we needed to reset the button and celebrate how far we have come in such a wild year and half. We had a wonderful time visiting Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna, and Budapest.
I somehow even managed to break 10,000 steps on multiple tours. This is a miracle considering a mere 6 months ago I could barely break 100 within the walls of my own house. I planned for plenty of days of rest between cities so I could allocate my energy accordingly. My legs definitely felt like jello by the end of each day, but I remind myself that is necessary progress to regain the strength that I’ve lost over the course of the year.
As for my MRI news, I recently had my 4th MRI scan since treatment at the end of August. The MRI has revealed there is no sign of any brain cancer reoccurrence, and that I am now 16 months cancer free! We are thrilled with this information and look forward to more good news as time goes on. My next scan will be in November.
My doctor could also not believe the progress I have made with my feet in the last few months. They are almost completely healed from the neuropathy (nerve damage that was caused by chemo), and I now rely on very little assistance while walking. My head wants to celebrate by throwing the walker and leg braces that I once relied on into a burning fire, but of course my heart always wins, and I will donate it to someone else who may need it. I look forward to be able to run/jump/hop/skip soon as my body continues to heal!
Now, for your enjoyment and my embarrassment, a video that was taken in August at my friend’s wedding. This is me ‘dancing’ with my sister, Heidi. As you can see, she is holding my hand to help keep me centered, but this is the closest thing to dancing I have done since my own wedding in January 2016. Consider this blog post a celebration, to a hope that has been rooted in Jesus, and an expectation of favor as my body continues to heal and strengthen!
Mark 11:23 “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.”