Week in Review: 2017.18

I have a brief recap this week, but one full of happy news.

I had my quarterly scan this past Monday, and on Wednesday I found out that the results were good! I was elated to learn that I now have to come back every 4 months instead of every 3, which means 3 scans per year instead of 4. Woohoooooo!

It has been 15 months since my last treatment, which sets a new record. Here’s hoping that time period continues to grow and grow, putting treatments farther in my rearview mirror.

The only downside? Fewer opportunities for awkward hospital photos.

If you remember my health update from last fall, my doctors had told me that the cancer was returning after seeing a troubling spot around my liver. It was a defeating moment, especially so soon after my second treatment, and I thought for sure that a third round would be happening in 2017.

But, in my February scan that area had not changed, and they decided to continue to keep an eye on it – thinking it may simply be post-surgical fluid build up. The official report from that scan stated: “This is a subtle finding and is probably stable compared to the prior exam and could represent low volume disease, but also could be related to prior surgery.

According this most recent scan, that area still has not grown or changed, so the post-surgical fluid conclusion seems like it may be the case, which is a HUGE relief!

So, time happily marches on, and I have my fingers crossed that 2017 will continue to pass as the first year since 2013 that I have enjoyed without cancer actively in my life.

Elsewhere in my life, there are LOTS of things growing and changing around the homestead/garden, but this transformation is the most exciting of all…

I have watched mom + dad bring many a worm to this eager trio, which has been so fun to watch over the past week.

Food-wise, it’s been simple… lots of veggie + quinoa or rice plates, which I capture still steaming due to my impatience…

But also some more artfully plated meals like this “steak” (mushrooms) and potatoes, with a salad of micro-greens and herbs from the garden.

YUM.

PODCASTS

ALL ABOUT IT is still on a break until Monday, but over on Nourish + Flourish we talked about our unique paths with yoga as well as our current personal practices and recent accomplishments.

And I have a bonus podcast recommendation for you: S-Town, which captivated my ears and mind throughout all my recent traveling, and is still occupying a lot of headspace. I cannot recommend it highly enough for the brilliant storytelling, compelling personalities, and thought (and emotional) provoking content.

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Happy Friday everyone!

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Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with Mesothelioma at the age of 28, and continues to thrive despite the challenges that cancer has created in her life. Holding a degree in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University, Betsy expresses herself through writing, photography, painting, pottery, and more. She is most often found cultivating, creating, practicing/teaching yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of life.

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  1. So totally psyched for you!!!! 😊 I thought of you every day this week, hoping all would be well. Love the happy dance photo! We know the happy dance here! Liv is now two years NED! Enjoy the next four months with abandon! <3