9.21.2011

Too Bad One Wasn't A Teratoma

Oh my dearest Lovelies, my dreams have been dashed all to bits!
Last week, I received some news.
Some very shocking, unexpected, nearly unbelievable news.

I went in for my incredibly fun, annual scans to check on my tumors rumtos.
My normal dude wasn't there. Boo.

Helga the Horrible (sporting the non-Brooke Shields unibrow) would not be swayed on telling me anything.

ZILCH.ZIP.NADA.BUTKUS.

She must not have been told how things work around there.
I show up, get my scans, make everyone laugh with my incredibly witty wit, and get sneak preview on what the doctor is going to tell me the next day.

Nix the rules.
They are my bladder, kidney, and thyroid gland tumors rumtos, not Helga the Horrible's!
Who is she to make ME, the super Mrs. S. with all my witty wit, wait?
Where was the justice?!
It must have been on a smoke break or something because even when I offered to tweeze her brow for her, she was not impressed.

Maybe I should have offered to take her for a wax?

Either way, that yatch wasn't giving in so I was forced against my will to wait until my appointment with my Doctuh the next day.

My appointments at The Cancer Center are always super duper long and leave me feeling guilty for having a full head of hair. I wasn't feeling particularly stoked about sitting in the Chemo waiting area to get my injections or the lab to get a bazillion vials of blood drawn for my gene testing, or sitting in the other stuffy waiting room that is full of the hissing sounds of oxygen tanks and the click clack of knitting needles, but it really was all unavoidable.

Mr. Superman hates coming back and wandering from area to area with me and I really do not mind just chilling there with my magazines, so he was up in the main lobby as always. Anyway, my amazing doctor comes in holding all my scans with a very furrowed brow line. He reminded me of Helga.

Imagine this in a super thick Indian accent. Well, his part.

"These are very, very clean."
"You mean... I sat really still?"
"No, they are clear."
"I took a good, non-blurry picture?"
"No, you are fine."
"Uuuhhhh..."

"I do not know what you did but all of your tumors are gone."
"Right. Uh huh."
"I am very confused, I have no explanation, medical or otherwise as to why they are gone. The last time I saw you, we had had such an infinitesimal amount of success, I was worried we were going to have to start going at them much more aggressively. They are gone. I am very confused."

By this point, I didn't even know what to say. I was about as stunned as Helga would be if she woke up with her brow shaved off. We talked some more and he kept assuring me he was not joking. He did not purposely admit to patients when he felt stupid or stumped. As I walked out and headed down to labs, I had this overwhelming feeling of just.... WOW. You know, the feeling all of you get when you think about my amazingness.

Anyway, I got one last round of injections to kill off whatever remaining bad cells I have and I don't see him again until JANUARY! I am getting tested for Lupus and a few other things because my blood disorder and the severity it is manifesting itself isn't making sense to him.

Well, just put it on his tab.

We let our parents know but we wanted to just let it sink in.
Its still surreal.
I'm tumor free.

We know what happened.
We didn't do anything.
God did.
He heard the thousands of prayers from all over the U.S. and He answered them.
I don't need medicine or science to explain this.
I do need to say thank you though.
My gratitude and love for all of you and for our families, is just so overwhelming its nearly inexpressible.

Thank You.

Even though I am no longer invaded by nasty little lump things, I am still a bit devastated.
My dreams of one of those little buggers being a teratoma wasn't realized.
Oh well, Nikki, no tumor in a jar for you.

28 comments:

Katie Ann said...

Amazing!! So happy for you and Cody, what a blessing for sure!

Marie said...

O.M.G!! I am SO unbelievably happy for you!!

Mrs. Squirrel said...

YAY!! I remember the feeling I got when I had a real diagnosis and my meds started actually working. The amazing "wow I'm on the road to healthy" feeling is amazing. Thank God that you're tumor free! I'm very happy for you.

Alyssa said...

This is amazing news. Congrats to you and your family! I'm sure you are overwhelmed with relief and joy!

Team Mama said...

And because you know me and this is how I am, after I hung up the phone from talking to Cody, I cried. In a classroom full of 8th graders no less! I have been giving thankful prayers ever since. This was just such amazing news! And I know you are happy to not see Helga until January!
My hemotologist for my severe anemia at the Arizona Cancer Center was also from India. What is it about hemotologists being from India??? ( I had to go to that place every month for IV injections of liquid iron- blehhh!)
Great great great news!!! A miracle!

The Grandy's said...

WHHHHAAAAAAATTTTT? No TUMOR JAR!!! I want him to check again!

Just kiddin. I'm glad you're not all lumpy anymore. It would suck to have to fix hooker roots on a bald head.

Plus, I love you like my luggage.

Mr. and Mrs. Volheim said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news, God is good! Continued prayers of healing and blessings will be sent your way! :)

Sherri Romney said...

That is such great news! I am so glad Rachelle. Gosh. I am so glad. Love you girl. Keep on keeping on. :) You amaze me.

Sasha said...

Oh. My. Gosh!!! I am so unbelievable freaking happy for you! I cried reading this! You sure had some strong faith filled prayers on your side. God is so good! Still praying everything comes back clean in January!

Skinnie Piggie said...

GOD IS GOOD!!!!
Praying for your blood tests =)

Chelle said...

First, yay tumor free I know what that's like.
Second I chuckled so hard when you offered to tweeze Helga's brow... oh it was funny to read.

I hope all goes well. I know what it's like to hear that it's gone. You don't believe it. Then you go back expecting to hear it's back and you don't. Takes a while to sink in.

McGee said...

reading this post brought tears to my eyes!! no worries they were tears of joy I AM SOO HAPPY for you!!! and sooo glad to hear such wonderful news!! love you!!

Katie said...

What AMAZING news. After my day yesterday, I truly needed to be reminded of the power of God. What a blessing. Love you. <3

annoyed army wife said...

So thankful to hear this, so very thankful. But a teratoma would have been kind of cool. Maybe you could have gotten a show on TLC or something. And confusing doctors is awesome, way to go! Anyway, I'm so happy for you and relieved.

Kaylee said...

Congrats to you!! That is wonderful!!

JG said...

Oh my gosh!! That is so amazing! Praise God who heals! I'm so happy for you!

Allie said...

Congratulations!!!! I am glad all those prayers gave you a miracle (:

Mrs.B said...

There are no words to describe how happy I am for you. seriously.

I Am a Marine's Girl said...

Thank God you're okay that is just incredible! I'm shocked that's just amazing

Radiant Readhead said...

thank GOD!! this is AMAZING!!!! prayer is a powerful thing!! hugs!

chambanachik said...

Wow, great news!!

Sarah said...

Yay!!! That is SO amazing and wonderful! God is totally awesome. I seriously love how stumped your doctor is!! It makes me wonder how people can believe that there isn't a God.

Jessica said...

Amazing news!!! God is so great! Many thoughts and prayers still coming your way.

Melissa Jaine said...

Wonderful news! I'm new to your blog so I don't know the back story. What I do know is how it feels to get that news, after getting the all clear on my one year check up a few weeks ago.
Lots of hugs to you xx
mj.

Erin said...

Oh my GOODNESS!!! I'm so happy and elated for you!!!!

I can't even believe it!!! I'm so amazed and shocked in such a wonderful way!!!!

Hurray for you!!!

Kaylee said...

Praise God!!! That is amazing!

Mrs. K said...

Praise the Lord! I'm so happy and excited for you. God does answer our prayers. :)

Kristi said...

Oh I'm so glad to hear that! Praising God with you!