Wednesday, November 12, 2014

UCLA MRI Results!

I just received an email from my doctor at UCLA, here's an excerpt: 

"There is no evidence of tumor recurrence/progression.  So, we
have no new recommendations at this time, other than to get a follow-up
MRI scan in 6 months."

WOOT WOOT! Heck yes!! You guys, we're doing it!!!!!! We have dealt with recurrence before, but we came back stronger, better informed, more diligent, and right now we're enjoying the payoff. This lifestyle is a lot of work, but damn if it isn't worth every ounce of effort!

Thank you for the continued support, I am incredibly grateful for all of the help along the way! This feels like a huge step toward my #1 goal in life, which is to get the opportunity to grow old, and wrinkled, and grey. That's all I want in life is to get to ride that journey. And these results move me closer! 

I still can't believe this is happening. A six month window between MRIs is a very big deal. It's by far the widest spread between scans that I've ever been allowed to do.

Sometimes it's too much to think that I'm going to be okay, that I could beat this tumor stuff. I'm often only able to "hope" for things. I'm never confident because I feel it's important to acknowledge that people are often at the mercy of fate, or timing, or luck, or God. Whatever you want to call it, in this moment, it has fallen on our side, and I'm grateful to be basking in the glow of good fortune. I've been on both sides, and my fate will no doubt oscillate throughout my life. I am just so grateful, I can't even put it into words. We work so hard, my whole family, and it feels wonderful to get great results. You guys, we're doing it!!!!! YESSS!! 


  1. Oh Absolutely WONDERFUL !!!!!!!!!!! news. What a Thanksgiving celebration you all will be having. Thank you for posting your results. We do not know you we follow your blog. My husband has been down a similar road with a tumor on his brain stem, brain surgery, MRI 's and not knowing for years what to expect. This month is the first time in 17 years that he has not had to have an MRI :-) He has been declared "healed" Bless you, Dan and your family.

  2. I could not be happier for you!!!! I have been checking daily waiting to hear such an awesome report!!!!
    Love, Maleka

  3. BEST NEWS! Hard work pays off! Keep being the amazing you!!! <3

  4. Hi Jess so pleased for you - my Gemma gets her results next Tuesday so fingers crossed lots of love Shelley xxx

  5. YESSS!! Indeed!! Such great news!!

  6. The world is so lucky to have you in it, with your tenacious joy and determination and wild heart. Mary Oliver says... "You can have the other words - chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I'll take grace. I don't know what it is exactly, but I'll take it."
    I think you are surrounded by grace and may it continue to be so!

  7. How AWESOME!!! That is great news, so happy that you received it. Thoughts and prayers with you for continued health, healing and joy. ~Thlayla

  8. I was so tickled to read this news! I know full well the joy and relief that a clean scan brings! My last MRI was clean as well. I'm still riding the high. Celebrating for you here in India! Enjoy life!


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