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Five years a survivor

My mother got the results of a brain scan today. We were on edge all week waiting for it. If she got a bad result, things would be really bad, because the treatment she had can't be repeated because it causes brain damage in excessive amounts. There's not a whole lot left to do if her lesions start growing.

We found out today that all of her lesion have either shrunk, are shrinking, or disappeared. Nothing has grown. Nothing new has appeared. She got about as good a report as we could hope for.

This won't last forever. Eventually they're going to start growing again, that's that nature of these things. But for now, for a little while longer, she's doing okay. In a condition that they thought would leave her three months to live ten months ago. A condition that grew out of another condition that they gave her four months to live almost five years ago.

In December she will hit five years with the deadliest motherfucking cancer in the world. She is a medical miracle. No other patient in the history of the St. Luke's of Bethlehem, PA oncology department has EVER lived five years with stage four lung cancer. Plus metastasized brain lesions. I wonder how many people in all history ever have.

I know most of it is the luck of circumstances, of biology, and being privileged enough to have the best medical care. But I'm damn proud of her will to survive. Because she does it for us. She's fought for five years out of love for us. And I'm damn proud of my dad, who loves her so much he's with her there every step of the way. She couldn't have done it without him. And without her own quiet strength.

Here's to five years, and every minute more we have.


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Nov. 1st, 2013 11:55 am (UTC)
She's amazing. A real inspiration. Thank you, as always, for sharing. :)
Nov. 1st, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this, sweetie, you are such a wonderful friend.
Nov. 1st, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
::raises glass: I'll drink to that.
Nov. 1st, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that. <3
Nov. 1st, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Here's to the next five years of fighting and many more too.
Nov. 1st, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that really means a lot. :-)
Nov. 1st, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to her and all of you. That's incredible.
Nov. 2nd, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Don't discount your own incredible strength. Your whole family is amazing.
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About Me

My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

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Upcoming Productions:

MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3

at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

presented by The Chameleon's Dish

Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM


Base Instruments
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at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Other Achievements:

"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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