There’s only good news!

Following the last blog about the anxiety before every scan being horrible (scanxiety), basically your life is balanced on a knife’s edge. Has it stopped working? Have they grown? Are they stable? Two weeks ago I received my CT and MRI scan results…

Well, one thing I was definitely not expecting was hearing that “they have shrunk”. I can’t remember the last time I heard the word “shrunk”, it must have still been whilst I was on my first line of treatment, so at least 2 years ago. Stable had become the best we could hope for, however this time round Dr Awesome only had good news to tell me. What a relief, especially as I’d convinced myself the worst news was coming because I’d had more pain, longer side effects, more sickness and my CEA markers were continually rising.

Fortunately, all these signs were not indicators and the scan showed my liver looked clearer compared to before when they couldn’t really identify much in my liver on the CT scan due to calcification. This time it was easier to see and although only by 1 millimetre each, 2 of the tumours had shrunk.

Why has this happened?? Potentially the radiation of SIRT is still working away and radiating the tumours. Or possibly SIRT is disturbing the tumours enough for the chemotherapy to be beneficial. The hope is that over the next couple of months it continues to radiate.

These results brought an absolute sense of relief for me (knocked 10years off me some might say) for a few weeks so I can enjoy Christmas and New year with my friends and family.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.


  1. Carrie Cole · December 21, 2018

    Fantastic news Sam enjoy your Christmas and New year x

  2. Anonymous · December 21, 2018

    Oh Sam!!!!!!!!!! I can’t tell you how this news has made me feel ??????. All I hope for you my special lady is that SIRT continues to do its best and kicks those god awful cells into touch, hey!!….. No shifts available in that special unit of late, so I’ve been missing my regular updates from that other special lady about you !! ?
    You have the best Christmas Sam and I’m looking forward to hearing continued improvement early 2019!! Loads of love to you, mum and the other special lady in your life, who has been by you side from the beginning. Love sue xx

  3. Gillian · December 21, 2018

    Oh Sam, that is the best news! You so deserve it. Sending Christmas love and hugs. I hope you and your family have a great time xx

  4. Pam · December 21, 2018

    Merry Christmas Sam, sending much love from your Canadian family xo

  5. Anonymous · December 21, 2018

    Oh Sam! That is the best news. You so deserve it and I’m sending Christmas love and hugs to you with this message. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas xx

  6. Anonymous · December 21, 2018

    I am so pleased for you have a fab Christmas filled with lots af joy and love ? Lin

  7. Anonymous · December 21, 2018

    Fantastic new Sam! Merry Christmas! ?❤️?

  8. Anonymous · December 21, 2018

    Fantastic news Sam, Merry Christmas to you and all your nearest and dearest. You are always an inspiration and your blogs are amazing xx

  9. Anonymous · December 21, 2018

    Wonderful to hear this. MERRY CHRISTMAS! xxx

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  11. Rachel · December 21, 2018

    Thank goodness for great news. Yes Sam always kicking butt, have a fab Christmas and New year…..see you at your birthday ?❤ x

  12. Anonymous · December 21, 2018

    Fantastic news. Hoping and praying that the SIRT keeps on radiating and shrinking those cells xx

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