Here We Go Again!

Believe it or not I was taken by surprise again with some potential bad news!! Ugh 😦 Interestingly enough I had an MRI scheduled while I was waiting for my biopsy report from Johns Hopkins. It took 2 weeks for the biopsy report to come back, or at least it took them that long to call me with the results. My oncologist called me on Thursday the 15th of October to tell me that the results from JH were benign and to come back to see him in a few weeks. The next day I was scheduled for an MRI which I could have cancelled at that point, but decided not to since I was having some weird body stuff going on. I spent 1 hour and 45 minutes in the tube with and without contrast which I had to get an IV for. It was grueling to say the least as they bolted my head down…grrrr That was Friday, by Wednesday I was SO anxious to get the results because it seemed a little too long for me to have to wait and I had emailed the surgeon the day before with no response!

I called the nurse at the surgeons office who ordered the MRI. He was supposed to remove the abnormal lymph nodes and wanted to see exactly what was what before he did. Anyway the nurse enthusiastically looked me up and then suddenly said….I am going to have to have the doctor call you. This is not my area of expertise!!! Right then I knew something was wrong. But who knows, right?! Right before I walked into Crunch to teach my spinning class the surgeon called me back…and that was the beginning of what could turn into cancer hell again :-((

Just by chance they found a lesion in my thoracic spine at the T3 which measures 1 cm. It suggests metastasis. Friday I am going into the hospital for a complete bone scan. 4 hours…15 minutes of injections and then 2:45 or so of letting it go throughout my whole body and finally 1 hour in the tube! They do a bone scan first to make sure it is not bone cancer which would be another primary cancer. Bone cancer doesn’t typically locate itself in one area. If it is no where else beside the T3 next test will be a biopsy. Biopsy of the spine is risky business. I am quite sure why they do the scan first.

I seriously wonder what would have happened to me had I not gotten the MRI! This may sound weird but I am not upset. I am hoping for the best but I am also prepared for the worst! I really do want to get a message out into the world though about this shitty disease called CANCER!!!!!

Now all of that being said…..My diet is better than ever! I have ramped up the juicing and am so glad I have because it just does make me feel so good. I found Wegman’s in Germantown and oh what a produce department they have. It is AWESOME:-) Today I juiced wheat grass that I bought there, broccoli, squash, zucchini, kale, apple and lemon. So good…really:-)

I would be lying if I said I had NO sugar but I have had minimal to almost none. Cancer LOVES sugar so I am going to starve the crap out of this lesion on my spine. And we will see who wins. I am still teaching all of my spinning classes as well as training TRX so it is not stopping me by any stretch. And if I am really lucky it will be some benign lesion and not cancer at all. So diet is critical here. Last night I made organic chili….SO good! I had organic grass fed beef. I probably won’t completely give up beef but I will only eat grass fed organic. And I really don’t eat it often.

So my friends this is the story. Let this be a story that might cause you to pause as you reach for that chocolate while really believing that this will never happen to you! It can happen to anyone at anytime unfortunately. If at all possible cut it off at the pass! Take charge of your life through diet and exercise. Also remember that alcohol is loaded with sugar. There is a direct link between alcohol and many cancers…breast being one of them.

Till next time get out those juicers….treat yourself to a vitamix! Go for a walk, run or come to my spinning class. Live like this is the last day you have. Be joyous, happy and use your sense of humor. If you don’t have one learn how to! Will keep you posted 🙂

Mary xoxo

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Beth says:

    Dear Mary–Cathy and I are thinking about you all the time and pulling for you and sending healing vibrations, light, etc. your way. We are here for you and know you will take such good care of yourself. You are an incredibly strong woman. xxoo

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    1. hairmary says:

      Thanks Beth and Cathy! It is particularly weird because it seems so sureal. And what I told you about turned out to be nothing and this is. random. Had I not had the MRI I assume it would have gone on and then BOOM! I don’t LOVE eating as healthy as I am because I love the good ole American diet which is rich in tasty unhealthy foods. But I am finding ways to make this great and to make me feel as good as I can😊 Will keep you posted!

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  2. Lean Lena says:

    Mary, I’m sorry to hear the news, but I am so proud of you as I see your strong core and personality shining through in this post. Stay strong, positive and never EVER give up. You are an amazing woman and such an inspiration for many.
    Please, know that I’m here for you if you need anything.
    Sending love, hugs and positive thoughts.
    Lena.

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    1. hairmary says:

      Thank Lena! That is so nice. I am hoping for the best and hopefully I can make this stop!! Crazy really!

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  3. Jeannie says:

    So sorry you’re going through this. You are in my prayers. I hope it turns out to be nothing. 💝

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    1. hairmary says:

      Thank you Jeannie! Hopefully I will be fine because I am not ready to go yet😊

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  4. deb says:

    I am so sad to hear about this and so in awe of your attitudeand strength.

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    1. hairmary says:

      Thanks Deb! Don’t worry this not going to get me out of Dupont so quickly😊 And thank you again for your such generous support for the ride! I guess now it is getting so much clearer as to why I have so relentlessly pusued this mission to have a breakthrough in cancer research😨 Anyway..you are AWESOME Deb!

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  5. Oh Mary…you will attack this ,I will never eat sugar again.

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  6. Mary, You will attack this ..you are always so positive.I will never eat sugar again!

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    1. hairmary says:

      Seriously Mary Ann cancer feeds on sugar. Most cancer patients crave sugar because the cancer is HUNGRY!
      It is very hard to cut all sugar…white bread turns to sugar in your system…etc. etc. etc..

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