Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Latest News!!

Today was my last radiation treatment ( I had 28 ) &
I am so happy to have it all done. Here's a pic of a bit of the area, my new breast was radiated also but I'll spare ya and not show that too!! . Not too bad of a burn, yes it hurts, around the clavicle is worst.. my throat hurts and today..
I tried to swallow my meds and they wouldn't go down. I felt before like my throat was blocked
a bit and now I know it is. The radiation really zapped me at first. I have to BABY the area and clothes hurt it.
sooooo... now you know what to expect if you are in line for radiation,
but to be rid of cancer's well worth it.

I can't get good pics indoors, but you get the idea!!
From here, it's MRI's on my head every 2 months...every 3 weeks, IVs of Zometa (bone hardner) & Herceptin (because my cancer is hormone driven) until next February.
Echo Cardiograms every 3 months .
I hope to get a cancer free diagnosis soon. (no scan scheduled yet) Thanks for praying and caring..I'll be around to let you know how my cancerr journey is going, please send any friends to me if I can help.Hopefully, I will be more about ART than cancer now.

Please sign my Guest Book & thank you to ALL who have!!
Dad's funeral is 8/9 @ 2 PM



  1. PRAISE God!! everything else will be hunky dory. God is truley amazing, and he takes care of his children. I'll keep praying for you to be "C" word free, I hate that word....cancer, so instead I write "C" word. Love ya and God will continue healing you!!!!!!
    Love, Annette

  2. God is good!!! Woo hoo, no more treatments. I will be praying for the good news you are cancer free.
    Looking forward to your artwork and all. Hugs, Susan

  3. Oh Deena, I wish I was there to give you a hug. God is so amazing. He is the Healer. Oh my goodness, you must want to dance through the streets right now. I'm dancing for you!!!


  4. Wonderful Deena...glad to have it done and over with. I am looking forward to hearing the cancer free announcement.

  5. Woo hoo!!! I can hear the angels cheering right now!!!

    Still praying for the all clear!

  6. Great, great, great news!!!!
    So glad to hear that. Still planning that big trip?
    I say get the travel books out....
    Be blessed,

  7. It sounds all good Deena! I pray you get that Cancer Free label soon!

    Hugs, Sharon

  8. We're all here with you through the entire journey! Glad to hear such good news.

  9. Deena...
    You just do what you have to do sweetie...I'm relieved as I know you are...Yah, How 'bout that Ireland trip???Boy would that be a uplift!!!
    Always thinking of you...

  10. so glad this part of the journey has been completed, dear deena....and continue to pray for that cancer free diagnosis!!!!
    will continue to be here....always.
    hugs and continued prayers,

  11. Congratulations! Great news. What a relief to have that behind you now. I'm praying for your complete recovery.

  12. Yipee Yi Ki Yo .... that is great news. You have certainly been on a bumpy road. Maybe we could have our echocardiograms done together! I pray all your check ups are FREE FREE FREE of any bad "stuff" .

  13. I just learned of your story and I've been praying for's news is so good to hear! Praise the Lord! He is so good!

    Hugs & blessings,
    Liz (new reader)

  14. Deena, So glad your radiation is over..I hope you get your strength back soon and will be feeling much better.
    God bless you for always thinking about others! You are just the very best Gal around.
    We are all praying for a cancer free diagnosis soon...........
    Much love and many blessings to you. ~Mary~ :-}

  15. I'm so very glad for you Deena!!!! Many prayers have been answered and continue to be! I'm so very sorry about your father's passing ~ my thoughts are with you and your family...wishing you peace and tranquility dear friend, xxoo, Dawn

  16. You just make me want to jump up and down and dance all around the room!!

    You go girl!!!



  17. Deena, I know this has been such a hard row to hoe; I can't even begin to imagine HOW hard. I do know that God has been right beside you, ever step of the way and HE will continue the journey with you. What would we possibly do without HIM ?
    Hang in won't be long until you will get that "all clear" sign !!
    love, bj

  18. Whew! What a journey you are on!

    I am so excited for you that you are done with the radiation and chemo! Major milestones!

    Thinking of you and all you must be feeling with the passing of your father and the excitement of getting to this stage in your treatment! God is Good...All the Time!

    Becky K.

  19. I am so happy that your radiation is over. I pray that you will get a cancer free diagnosis very very soon. You are such a wonderful and strong lady. You help keep me strong too. Please email me again with you address as my email has changed and I can't find yours. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Traci

  20. OOHH that looks owwee!! Iam glad you are done with that!! On the road to better days!!

  21. Keep healing my friend. Glad you have made it through the treatments. Always in my prayers.

    Deena, I have a package all ready for you and can you believe I lost your address again. Blame it on I do :) xo joanna
    please send it to me sorry.

  22. Hi Deena, I pray that you get that cancer free report soon and you know you have us all for strenght and prayers. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad, your family are in my thoughts.
    Blessings and Hugs,

  23. Wonderful news!!!
    Hope this takes care of it!!!
    sorry for the burns...hope they don't cause too much discomfort...

    sorry to read about your dad's death...

    but he is no longer bothered by Alzheimer's or Parkinson's he now has a new body and is busy singing and praising...

    you continue to be in my prayers..

  24. Sweet Deena,
    So very glad the radiation is over & hope you get the all clear very soon. You have been such a inspiration through all of this. I am so very sorry about the passing of your father. The posted pictures are so very sweet! You take care & remember we are all sending love & hugs & prayers your way. You are an awesome Pink Princess Warrior Deena!

  25. WOOHOO!!!! yea for you, my dear, dear friend! i'm so excited for you! but we'll keep the prayers up, oh, yes! PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!

    Now, sweetheart, head over to my blog and read my latest post - I used that precious picture of yours to make a most precious card:)

    xoxo, jan

  26. God had all these prayers answered before we prayed them. Waiting is so hard and scary.
    Just know we are a chorus of friends who love you; our hearts are raised up with our hands to thank Him for you.
    I can't wait to see the art you will make.
    Love, Debra

  27. Deena, I am so glad you are finished with all of this. I pray that the rest will not be too difficult and that you get the cancer free lable. Bless you dear, Kathi

  28. Looking forward to all good reports and seeing some of that art!


  29. Hi Deena, good to hear this! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! Have a blessed weekend ahead!

  30. so very very glad and happy for you that things continue to move in the increasingly healthy direction, Deena !

  31. Deena,

    My sincere sympathies in the passing of your father. He is resting easy in Jesus' arms and will have everlasting peace.

    Thanks for the update on what is going on with you. Radiation burns are no fun, but I'm glad you've finished the treatments. Now I'm praying for you to be cancer free.

    Blessings, my friend.

  32. So happy to hear your radiation is over, Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and I can see by the many comments, many others feel the same. You are a special lady and I'm honored to know you if only through this blog. Wishing you peace and a cancer free life! xoxo

  33. What a blessing,no more treatments.

    Your a strong & beautiful woman Deene.


  34. Gosh I am SO glad that this part is behind you. You are such an amazing woman and an inspiration to me, I only wish I had half of your grace, then I would be twice as good as I am now. I am sorry your chest was burned, sorry your hair fell out, sorry that Ugly Cancer knocked on your door, but so very Grateful for You and so very Grateful that The Lord has revealed Himself to you in such a mighty way. Grateful that I can see The Lord so clearly in you. Thank you for sharing all this.
    Hugs, Rhea

  35. Deena, that is great news. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. :-)

  36. Deena, my heart hurts for your loss. It will be hard for me to forget since my uncle died on the same day and his granddaughter (my godchild) was born on the 5th.
    I am so happy that you are finished with your treatments and will continue to pray for you and your family in your time of grief. May the memories of your dad remain in your heart forever. Love and hugs, Pat

  37. Such great news, Deena!!!!! I know what a long journey this has been for you, and I've followed since the beginning! I'm just so glad it's over. YOu gave me a hero's path to follow in, and I thank you for that! Had my first chemo this week, and I thought of you and how you made it through it all! Thank you for this blog, your courage, and your faith. What an inspiration to so many!!!!!


  38. You can never know how much inspiration you offer the world with your life.... your presence in my blog just a little while ago had the power to help me smile again... thanks, Deena!

    May our Heavenly Father continue to bless you abundantly...



  39. It won't be long until you will hear the words we ALL want you to hear..."CANCER FREE, DEENA...NO MORE CANCER..ANYWHERE!!"
    I have faith this WILL happen for you, Sweet Annee...It WILL !!
    love, bj

  40. Hello Dear One, Just wanted to say I am glad for you. My prayers are going up for you and your precious family!
    Blessings, Debbie

  41. I feel your pain my dear but know that you, like me, will push it to a deep place soon, never ever forgetting it but being able to say "I did it, I beat it, now I have my life back.......and I will do my utmost to be a survivor."

    You are amazing Deena - we admire you in your fight and bless you for sharing your journey so that others learn from you.

    Soon you will be creating your beautiful art again - I look forward to then.
    Sending birdsongs.
    With love, Mary.

  42. Congatulations! It's a wonderful reason to celebrate when you finish radiation. I actually threw a party for all the girls in the radiation center when my was over and I invited a bunch of my friends. I'm so thankful this time is over for you.

    You're in my prayers every night.


  43. You're doing so well, thanks to God, and I thank you for keeping us posted on your progress. You're an inspiration! Diane

  44. I think I would rather you be sunburned because we were laying on the beach in the Caribbean....but if it gets the cancer then I am all for it. I'll be thinking of you today as you are with family at your Daddy's farewell. God bless you with sweet memories.

  45. So sorry to read of your difficulties. I trust that with starting a new week tomorrow, the sun will shine brighter for you. Only God can help through the hard times and give us the grace we need. I pray for some of this grace for you now.
    A "Bliss Sister"

  46. Deena, my heart goes out to you... you have such a wonderful out look, and I feel that will make you beat this darn old cancer....I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your daddy... dad's are always daddy's to us dad also had alzheimers as did all his brothers and sisters...pretty scarey for us children....When I look up into the sky and see those beautiful clouds, I feel my daddy, my mom, and hubby and granddaughter are all looking down on me....when my Ali (granddaughter) went to Hawaii she said that that is how she felt Heaven a paradise... I surely hope so....

    Bless You, keep up the good work... My dear friend Nancy is going to start the chemo on the 18th... she has had her breast removed, for she has an agressive kind....

    Every day something new is discovered for cancer.... my dad lost his shoulder and arm because of cancer some 40 years ago, and the doctor told him on his 10 year check up, that if they would have discovered it then (10 years later than they did) that they could have saved his arm....

    With Alzheimer's and Parkinson's I'm sure your daddy is resting peacefully now.... judy

  47. Dear Deena,

    We have all followed your journey and now you are at the end of a really tough road. I am so happy for you. Life will never be the same. Prayers for you and your family on your sweet dad.


  48. been thinking about you today, stopped and prayed @2:00 for you and your family....I hope you felt God arm's hugging today!

  49. Dear Deena, It makes my heart glad that you will be cancer free! Your sharing so freely the ups and downs has been a real blessing to me. Thank you for this. Knowing you, even though it is only through this blog, has really changed the way I look at some things. In future, I look forward to asking you lots of "art" related questions! Bless you!
    Life is beautiful!

  50. you are so brave. I admire you and your positive outlook. I have thought of you so often over the last while. I think I am going to make my first post that I do when I return to blogging just for you. I am happy for you....and wish you a quick recovery!

  51. Good morning sweet Deena. I'm so sorry about your dad! And yet happy for you that the radiation is done. God always does offset our despair with hope, doesn't He?! Will continue praying with you and so many others for a full healing. Blessings... polly

  52. May love enfold you and tenderness touch you with healing.

  53. I hope you get that cancer free test result soon. You need good news.

    I'm sorry for the loss of your father. With the funeral being yesterday, I'm hoping you're having a restful day today. My mom had Alzheimer's so I know something of what you've gone through there.

    Leaving you a hug.

  54. God is good. My Dad will be starting a new clinical trial on his cancer. The doctor did a scan and said he lit up like a x-mas tree. He is 60 and was given three years. It's hard and I will continue to pray for you. Wendy

  55. Oh Deena I'm so glad you are finished with radiation ~ 28 treatments! It looks painful. I hope you are starting to heal and feel better.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. My condolences go out to you and your family.

    God Bless, Jenn

  56. Hi Deena, It's been a long time since I've stopped by....I'm so happy for you! YAY YOU! Glad to hear you are finished!
    I also want to tell you how sorry I am for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  57. I am new to ZNE but your story has touched me, Your brave blog is moving and motivating. You are in my thoughts.


  58. Hi Denna
    (((Gentle Hug)))
    I am so happy to hear this news. I come by and read your progress when I can. My friend just finished her radiation too and she says the same thing about not wanting to wear her tops. She says the burns are painful.I continue to prayer for you and I know the Lord continues to hold you in his healing hands of Love.

    Hugz Lorie

  59. Deena, Just wanted to stop by and say "Hello".
    Hope you are doing Ok today..
    You are ALWAYS in my prayers.
    I love you!
    {{{Hugs}}} ~Mary~:-}

  60. I am so happy that you're finished with the radiation treatments.
    I know this has been a tough week for you - losing your dad, his funeral.. but wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs from Pennsylvania!

  61. awww, sweet lady, i hope it all goes well and you continue to get positive reinforcement from your doctors and that soon you will get that cancer-free diagnosis. many blessings.

  62. Deena, your radiation treatment made me think to tell you about my friend. She had esophagus cancer and had chemo and radiation treatments. Her survival chances were 5%. She celebrated the passing of five years of remaining cancer free last year, so now six years. I told her SOMEBODY had to be part of the 5%. God was very gracious. I'm so glad your treatments are over and your strength will return now.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dad.


  63. Oh ouch. I had no idea that radiation did that to people, that it actually burns the skin. I hope that you can baby it and take care of it and it heals quickly. You hang in there Deena, it is almost all over.

    God bless you,


  64. so very glad to hear that this part of the journey is complete..may your body continue to heal and may things keep getting better. hugs to you.

  65. Yeah!!!!!

    I am so happy for you…

    Very good news…


  66. so glad that this part of the journey is done, sweet cousin jill is dealing with some of the radiation burn etc....i remember my Mom going through this also.... we will just continue to pray and be here enjoying what you share of your art, your life and YOU!!!!!
    hugs, prayers and love,

  67. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers me you get the news that you so deserve soon.

  68. Dear Deena
    Gosh you really have been through it, you are in my thoughts. You are a strong woman and I am so glad to see you at Creative Adventures.

  69. Deena~

    Tears of both joy and sorrow to you. So happy to know you are past all the radiation and seeing sunshine through such a hard journey. You inspire so many. Hugs to you on the loss of your Dad. We are never ready to say goodbye and no words can comfort such a loss. May God keep all of you in the palm of His hand.

  70. I'm so glad radiation is now done. I'll keep praying for a cancer-free diagnosis for you too. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your prim items are really nice! Cindy


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