Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Bomb Diggity

This is one of my favorite demotivational posters from the very special folks over at Despair, Inc.:

So here I still am, hovering around the margins but still alive: the highly aggressive stage IV cancer hasn't killed me, the lethally potent toxic chemotherapy hasn't killed me, the seven months of swinging wildly back and forth between emotional conflagration and brain deadening boredom haven't killed me. And now it looks as if the inevitable is going to be postponed yet a little while longer. In the exact words of the 12-year-old oncology resident du jour: "Everything on Thursday's CT scans is excellent."

Excellent. No tumors. All those hideous masses in my chest and abdomen and armpits and liver: not detectable. No Evident Disease. I'm dancing with NED! They sent me home without even setting up a follow-up appointment, saying they'll just send me a notice when it's time for my first Rituxan maintenance treatment in June. I'll do Rituxan every six months for two years, and if the scans remain clear, then I'm DONE. Finished! Healthy! WELL!!!!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to head on over to the gym and get back to my bench press.

WOOOOOO fuckin HOOOO!!!! Dancing with NED


Blogger Carny Asada said...

Woo fucking hoo indeed!

And congrats on the crop of baby hair. You're going to look great with a crew cut.

1:39 PM  
Blogger miz b said...

Woo-HOOO! I'm dancing on my desk. Best news ever! You go girl1
Miz B

1:40 PM  
Blogger Christopher C. NC said...

WOW! That is fantastic. Congratulations. I bet your two wonderful sons are dancing with joy too.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Congratulations!!! I'm not surprised, given your pre-existing physical and mental strength. And dare I say it? You have been a trouper, and I lift my mug of rooibos in your honor.

I look forward to reading of your new adventures!

1:47 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

Oh, hooray! I just let out an embarrassingly loud whoop here at my desk. Congratulations!!! -- and onward!

2:15 PM  
Blogger T. Comfyshoes said...

OMG you're alive! Woo! (Just found you and boy am I ever glad)

2:17 PM  
Blogger bint alshamsa said...

The cancer fairies must be feeling especially generous this month because I got the very same news on the 2nd. Congratulations to us!!!!

I am living with an extremely rare bone cancer in my chest which is, as you can imagine, oh-so-much-fun to deal with. Nevertheless, I'm making the most of life as much as I can. I am adding you to my list of favorite blogs. You are ALWAYS welcome to visit my blog as well. I write about all sorts of cancer-related crap but not in a depressing sort of way so you don't have to worry about it being a real downer if you read anything from it.

Anyways, don't let me steal your show. Hurray for you!!

*bint does silly little victory dance for you until her arthritis kicks back in and she has to sit back down and take her Lortab again*


3:00 PM  
Blogger neighbor_nancy said...

I'm doing a happy NED dance for you!! EWW Be afraid, be very afraid of the visual of THAT!

Congrats, Liz!

Nancy in NY

3:26 PM  
Blogger deviousdiva said...

This is great news !

(and you too, Bint !)

A good day.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Jess said...


Congratuations. What a good day.

5:20 PM  
Blogger aaryn b. said...

I've been lurking ever since you shut down Granny's site and began this one. I've cried over your posts and my husband has cried as he read them over my shoulder. I've laughed over your posts and my husband has laughed as he read them over my shoulder. We have been in awe by your honesty and deeply moved by your experience. You inspire us both and we couldn't be happier about your cutting a rug with NED. I know this journey has been mind-bendingly frustrating for you but if any single person on this planet can survive it, make sense of it, learn from it, grow from it and laugh at it, it is you.

Sending serious cyber-love, admiration, toe-kissing, and red-shoe licking in your immediate direction.

Get your ass into that gym but quick.

In Peace,

5:59 PM  
Blogger LMD said...

Oh, I so glad to hear this news! Yay, NED!

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! Well done you - What fantastic news! I'm actually at a loss for words, but I am mentally dancing with you and NED :-)

This post has made my day.

Now, I can't wait to hear about your return-to-the-gym exploits. You go!

6:54 PM  
Blogger Romance said...

I am so glad, glad, glad, glad!!! I was so sad when you signed off granny vibe - I was completely offline in remote parts of Fiji. Poof! You were gone and then back. Hooray for you!!! Wooohooo! Way to kick cancer's butt - just sorry you had do battle.

7:10 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Hurrah! Yippee! Wahoo! Good, good, good!

(and good for you, too, bint!)

I hope this isn't getting posted as many times as I'm copying the wiggly letters.

7:21 PM  
Blogger The Q said...


I can't wait to see you chronicle both your roses and your return to muscular excellence.

7:31 PM  
Blogger L. said...


Funny -- I don`t even "know" you, and I read this post and cried real tears of joy.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

To the cancer: Yippee-ki-yay, Motherfucker!

8:47 PM  
Blogger Ya Looblue said...

well hot-fucking-damn. this is FANTASTIC. i'm so happy for you Liz.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Optimist said...

Oh My Goodness!!! I am so happy for you!!! This should be a freakin great Mardis Gras!!

Yippppeeeee!!! Can't wait to hear about the gym -

Bonnie in Houston

11:39 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...


11:58 AM  
Blogger Carole said...

Absofrigginlutely AWESOME! So happy for you!


12:17 PM  
Blogger Gr8lakesgrrl said...

Yea! That is the best news I've heard since my governor got re-elected! Congratulations, Liz and have fun pumping iron!

12:24 PM  
Blogger Mrs Pretzel said...

SOOOOOOO happy for you! Thinking well thoughts your way, and jumping with you!


12:44 PM  
Blogger monicac2 said...

wow wow wow wow wow wow wow ... GREAT NEWS!

1:15 PM  
Blogger The Cat Herder said...

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!!!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Trasi said...

I'm so ecstatic for you!!! That rocks so hard!
Now watch your hairs come in all curly. :-)

3:40 PM  
Blogger IBOY said...

Excellent news... you must feel, for the first time in months, that you can take a really deep breath.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just ran in the other room and hugged MY remission success story and jumped my fat ass up and down so much I am sure I generated a freakin Tsunami!!!! That is wonderful, stupendous news! We were both elated by the news!!!! I am not surprised. I knew you would do it...IF ANYONE would do it YOU would do it.

Now get your ASS down to the lawyer and file Bank-freaking-ruptcy right now! So's you can keep that gorgeous house which is the color of a N'awlins sunset. I'm about to squawl with happiness for you!!!!

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO. but then, you knew that in your cells.

XXXX Happy Dance! Kevbo in Dallas

(Bint: that's excellent news too!)

9:20 PM  
Blogger bint alshamsa said...

Uh oh, I think I hijacked your thread. I'm VERY sorry. Liz, please erase my comment if you can so that no one else will direct any comments to me and this can be all about you as it should be.

4:50 AM  
Blogger Lymphopo said...

Not at all, Bint! When it comes to beating cancer, the more the merrier! I wanted to say thank you and congratulations and stuff earlier, but for some reason blogger wouldn't let me comment on my own blog.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Lymphopo said...

And Kev, thanks, but under LA law if you file bankruptcy, they CAN take your house and everything in it.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Elfling said...

Most excellent Leda *elfhugs*

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


(Meant to say so earlier, but, you know, Blogger. I think I'm making that a new expletive like how the English use the word "bugger.")

9:10 AM  
Blogger belledame222 said...

hoorah for Liz and for Bint!!

12:04 AM  

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