Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Good news first - my MRI results are clean and clear.  All lymph nodes and organs, with the exception of my right kidney is clean and clear.  All great news!

Bad news - docs believe there is a 3cm tumor on my right kidney.  The follow up PET did not give them a definite answer.  I am seeing a kidney specialist on July 12th.  I'm hoping there is another test or two that can be done to determine what the spot is before having surgery.

I had a hard time hearing the news, but today I am at peace and optimistic.  I haven't really thought about it until I got on Face Book and realized that I better write something before everyone thinks I am under a rock or something :)  This isn't the best news, but it is also a time to evaluate where I am at emotionally and physically with my healing and make any adjustments I need to remain healthy.  I am optimistic that regardless of the final diagnosis that I will be fine.  I feel strong and that I will make it though this next challenge of my journey. 

I want to thank all of you who have reached out to me and my family with your prayers and well wishes.  It means a lot to me to have your support.

We are patiently waiting for the arrival of my parents who have been delayed in Detroit for 3 1/2 hours!  I look forward to seeing them soon.  Todd, Teya and I are traveling to MD to see Todd's family this Tuesday and I look forward to all the relaxing that will be had on that vacation.  Just what I need right now.  We get back to AZ the day before I see the kidney guy.  I'll update everyone then.

Again, thanks for all the prayers and well wishes.


Sharlene said...

Prayers continue!! I'm glad you're always so optimistic and that you are surrounded by love and support!!!

As always, inspired by you and your 'outlook' on life!! Enjoy your vacation and time with your family! Your mom owes you a hug from me!! Give her one back for me, please!! <3

melissa said...

praying for fun and safe travels.. and continued peace.

OceanDesert said...

Hugs, my sweet friend! You are a seriously strong lady and we are all here for anything you need! Have a wonderful time and we will see you when you get back!!!

Anonymous said...

As always Tina, I am so sorry to hear of this but you are always on my mind and I am optimistic as well! Thank you for keeping us all informed!!

Love you lots!!

Unknown said...

Hi There,

I am a Kidney Cancer survivor. I had a softball size growth removed in October. I saw Dr. Jason Evans from Flint, actually Hill Rd.west of Fenton Rd. Kidney cancers vary. When detected early they can be removed and you can then lead a normal life. They will take the kidney and the cancer all at once.
If it is small enough it can be removed Laproscropically. Mine was too big to use that procedure.
Now to the good stuff. I have had a great support staff, family, friends and people that know me through a friend. You have to stay positive. I know it is easy to say "why Me"? Why did God pick Me? This is a test to see how strong you are. IF, You EVER have a negative thought, wipe it out of your head or call me. My name is Jack DeMarr. Cell # 616-502-2820
DON'T YOU EVER HAVE A NEGATIVE DAY AND ALWAYS FELL FREE TO CALL ME. You, like me, have too many things that we have not accomplished, yet.

Anonymous said...

Tina, You have everyone's support and if it does turn out to be cancer, you will beat it. You beat it before with you positive attitude. Nothing can stop you with your attitude and support. Our prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tina,

I have been praying for you ever since I found out. We were on our way to Kim's and onto to DisneyWorld. I will keep praying for your healing. Love you tons and I hope you have a very nice vacation.
Carrie Venz

Anonymous said...

Thinking of ya kid.
Love ya,
Buddy & Mykaela

Unknown said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers! Your positive attitude is very admirable and will get you through this. I'm so glad you are sharing this experience. If there is anything you need - we are here. :)

Rob said...

Tina, we just learned the news of your latest scans from Chris & Ang today. We are praying for you and always are here for you.