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A Colorful PET

Christmas Eve began with an early morning PET scan. My oncologist waited until January 11th to unwrap the colorful results.


A PET scan is a colorful imaging test that helps reveal how your tissues and organs are functioning. An injected radioactive tracer collects in areas of the body that have higher levels of chemical activity which, in my case, corresponds to areas of cancer. These areas show up as bright spots. In terms of my treatment, the point of these scans is to monitor the progress made by chemotherapy. Our hope is that future scans will show smaller and fewer bright spots.


My doctor slowly unwrapped the images to focus on the brightest areas. He started in the renal pelvic area where the cancer originated and pointed out a luminescent left kidney, a smaller and dimmer indeterminable lesion on my liver, the previously noted nodules in my lungs and high levels of chemical activity in the lymph nodes of my retroperitoneal space - the area between your abdominal cavity and your back.


This scan is very important as it will be used in conjunction with previous CT scans as the baselines to which future scans are compared. One such scan took place on Tuesday evening. No results expected until the end of the week. As much as I enjoy the sensation of viewing deep, rich, and bright colors, I am hoping that this scan and subsequent scan results are, comparatively speaking, blasé.


In this personal war on cancer, I am ready to march into my next battle…cycle 3, round 1 (7 hours) scheduled for tomorrow pending the results of this morning’s lab tests.


Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4: 6-7

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Pat Rzonca
Pat Rzonca
Feb 06, 2021

You are in my daily prayers! I am a friend of Jeanne’s. Now I know how to pray more specifically.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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handash
Jan 25, 2021

In prayer for you today. I realize the good news is that the painful treatments were worth it as it increased your blood count like it was supposed to. Your courage accepting additional infusions is bold and so encouraging. Persevere!

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ted.news
Jan 25, 2021

I had a friend Joe Gloudamen whom I knew long before I joined the Knights. Him & his wife would ride bicycles everyday from their house in San Clemente to the Harbor, SJC and back. They would stop to take the time to talk to me when I sat to eat my lunch at Doheny. I was a lot younger than, newly injured and almost took the same route in my wheelcair from Beach Road to the Harbor & back. They were elderly and in good shape. After I joined the Knights I found out that my friend Joe was a member of the KOFC Council at Our Lady of Fatima. His son is Father Francis Gloudamen at St. Mich…

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alacartie
alacartie
Jan 25, 2021

Hi Hank! Praying for the efficacy of prayer and medical treatment. God is with us!

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eversjeanne
Jan 25, 2021

Oops!! Couldn’t love you - or Lori - more!! ❤️💚

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