Pray for Erin

The Verdict March 28, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — erin @ 2:07 pm

Well folks, the verdict is in. Treatment is done and Barnes Hospital has handed me back off to my regular Oncologist. I had a CT scan and bloodwork Monday and my first appointment back with Dr. Sjak-Shie yesterday. The scan looks good, the bloodwork looks good (blood cell counts still a bit low, but that’s to be expected) so with as much certainty as we can have at this point, we’re saying I’m cancer free. From here I’ll continue to have my blood levels monitored every 3 months and CT scans every 6 months for the next 2 years. After that they’ll space it out more and more. After 5 years I won’t need any consistent work-ups.

So… here I go, back to normal life. Or, life as normal as it can be at this point. Things have gotten better since getting home from the hospital; food tastes good again, I don’t smell so much like chemicals anymore, the tingling in my feet and hands has gotten a bit better, my strength is coming back (at least enough to do most normal activities). No sign of baby eyebrows yet. Now I just need to figure out how I want to live my life in this period of unknown. I realize no one really knows how much time they have, yada yada, but it’s a much different thing to have a diagnosis that has a typical rate of survival and life expectancy attached to it.

I don’t know how much I’ll blog from here on out. This site has mostly been about my treatment for this cancer, and now that that will be fading into the background of my life I don’t know how much there will be to say. Certainly if anything noteworthy happens I’ll update here (if I can remember the password at that point), but otherwise… who knows. I had another blog before this one got set up that I rarely posted anything on, but it was more general thoughts about life, God, etc. If I have anything profound to say I’ll most likely post it there and then plug a link in over here in case anyone is interested in following.

Now I face the stack of Thank You cards that NEED to be written. I have gotten so much support from so many people. This might take me awhile…


27 Responses to “The Verdict”

  1. Daniel Myers Says:

    🙂 I hope to see you again in the next few months. This post makes me smile.

  2. Carol Stone Says:

    Here I turn on this machine this afternoon to positive news from YOU! Hooray for you Erin. I will offer to you I for one am happy for you to go back to a more normal life. Hugs To YOU!!

    Make a joyful noise to the heavens!


  3. holly Says:

    YEAH and that is indeed the RIGHT answer … Oh Erin I’m so very thrilled for you and your family..
    I would love to talk with you sometime about what you “do” with your blog… my friend Stacey Stearns (also a survivor – 5 yrs now !!) did continue to write – she has one of my morgans and a couple others and she is amazing in every regard .. was just made the Conneticut Morgan Person of the Year 🙂 for all that she does with the trail rides and kids and promotions .. and news letter etc.

    I am here and so are you .. welcome to the next phase of your journey .. you are an amazing person .. and should be so proud of yourself .. .. ..

    love and gentle hugs – holly*

  4. Jenna Jewell Says:


  5. Linda Morgan Says:

    Such wonderful news!!! Rejoicing and praising God for His goodness. You are right, now it’s time to get out there and figure out what you’re going to do with life now…so happy that you can now look beyond the cancer treatments toward a bright future (again). This was just a small bump in the road….now it’s time to go full speed ahead 🙂 I’d really like you to post a link to your other blog, so I can keep up with whatever you’re writing. (((HUGS))) to you and your family.

  6. Debbie Says:

    So happy for you!!!

  7. Yay! HUGS to you 🙂

  8. Caleb Carr Says:

    So happy to hear things are looking up. We have all been praying for you! Let us know if you need anything at all!

  9. Joan Q. McAfoos Says:

    We are all so thankful that the prayers have been answered and that all of the tests came back nearly normal. It really is an answer to thousands of prays for you and your family Erin. Will continue to lift you up in prayer as you continue on life’s journey.

  10. Joy Morris Says:

    So glad to hear that Erin. I’ve been praying for you and will continue to do so!

  11. mstrwks Says:

    That is the greatest news ever and certainly a testament to the power of positive thinking and praying! I hope you keep up your other blog, I have it bookmarked and I’ll check in from time to time. You beat the odds and now you have a lot of living to do!

  12. Kathy Sears Says:

    Great news, Erin. Will keep praying for you. Go and have a great life!!

  13. Pat Larson Says:

    Hi, Erin, it must feel so good to you to be able to think about life with a bit of normality to it. We are so grateful to our Lord that you are getting good reports right now. Enjoy every day and get stronger. God will show you the way. We will keep you in our prayers asking God to complete the miracle in your life and to give you health and wisdom. We love you. Pat Larson

  14. Denise Pearson Says:

    Erin, Thanks for sharing your journey and now this fabulous news. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

  15. Diane Stenstrom Says:

    I am so thankful for your good news, Erin!
    I know a Mary Kay lady who can paint you on some eyebrows!! (Julie) You know you lose them again eventually when you grow old! 🙂

  16. Jen Huck Says:

    Such wonderful news Erin, I’m so happy for you! Rejoicing and praising God for His goodness.

  17. Blanc Manes Says:

    May in Jesus’Name! your life become the most powerful instrument or tool into God’s holy hands to everyone who will have to
    make same experience you did. We, in Haiti will continue
    to strenghten your faith through unceasing prayers. To the greatest Healer be all praises, honour and glory. Halleluijaj

  18. Karen Martin Says:

    Great news Erin. Can you hear the collective sigh of relief and praise!?!

  19. robert baker [cousin] Says:


  20. Erin: Such good news to say the least. You are being so brave. We will continue to pray for full recovery. May God Be Your Strength now as He has been these last months. Think of you, your Mom and sister often. Love you Aunt Alice

    • Jane Shuke Says:

      Yes,those woods were dark and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep..

      Robert Frost (paraphrased for Erin, The Brave One) Live and Love in Him!

  21. E,
    I am so happy right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Becky Smith Says:

    “The healing of our mind, memory, and will through the Divine Cure of faith, hope, and love is not magical, but it is miraculous. It requires our cooperation, but results in our soul cannot be explained by brute human force, desire, or virtue. The Faith-Hope-Love Cure is God stepping in and incorporating us into his divine life, where we discover who we are today-in all of our human misery-and who God created us to be-in all our potential glory.”

    Fr. Jonathan Morris…

  23. john hepler Says:

    Great news! We’ll continue to pray for you and your family.

  24. Tammy Hawk Says:

    What wonderful news for you and your family. You won the battle! A prayer answered!

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