Spreading Good News (Part 394 – My Breast Cancer Journey: PET Scan Results)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.



THIS WEEK’S REVIEW:  “Jette Black and Her Seven Friends”

Karen Sukenic of Pasadena, California, says, “Jette Black speaks in a voice that both parents and children can relate too. The theme focuses on a child that feels “different” and is teased because she is tall. I can’t think of anyone in this world who hasn’t experienced some kind of teasing because of some aspect of their life – their physical appearance, how they speak, their name, their family structure. In the story, the main character, Jette, learns how to not only respect other people’s differences, but to feel good about her unique qualities. The special ending is sweet and caring. The illustrations stunningly capture our multicultural world.”


Read the preview and other reviews for “Jette Black and Her Seven Friends” and order today at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.


VIEW OUR CABLE TV AD HERE (showcasing our printed books):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AXHTT8NGT8


E-Books!  Only $1.99 each!!  All of our books are available as e-books, too.  Go to http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.



Four of our books are now available in Apple’s iBookstore for immediate download to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod!  Here are the titles and the Apple iBookstore links:


My  15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love



THE VISION:  Telling Kids That They Can Make the World a Better Place






MOTHER’S DOZEN:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!




WORLD PEACE” shirts/hats/mugs, etc., “LIFE QUOTE” shirts, and “MEANINGFUL MESSAGES” (cards that address serious issues—incarceration, terminal illness, bullying/peer pressure, etc.) available at http://www.zazzle.com/emrosecreations! Something for everyone–dog shirt, too!  Browse and order today!!




~ Joyce Fields



My Breast Cancer Journey:  PET Scan Results

I last told you that I would be getting the results from my PET scan on Tuesday, October 11.

Well, today is Thursday, October 13, and I got the results!

When Dr. McNamara walked into the exam room, the first thing he said was, “Your PET scan was normal.”  It did not detect cancer in any other part of my body!

I was thrilled!!  I told him that I might not hear anything else he said to me during that visit because I was so excited about the PET scan results.  We both laughed, and I really did hear the rest of what he said.

He told me that I would start medication AFTER I finish radiation.  My last radiation treatment is on (you may remember). .  .11/11/11!  Because some of the medications have the potential to thin your bones, he wants me to schedule a bone density test, which I’ll have done in the next week or so.  That will help us to decide which medication is best for me.

I read that vitamin D is good for fighting cancer.  Dr. Mac said that research does support that statement.  He ordered a blood draw to measure my vitamin D level.

He called me the next day (Wednesday) and told me that my level is low.  It’s 21.  A good level is 30 and above.

So, I’ll be taking 1200 IU’s daily.  He suggested that I get vitamin D with calcium.

Your body makes vitamin D when you’re exposed to sunshine.  The typical recommendation is 15 minutes of exposure, with 40% of your skin exposed—no sunscreen.  Since I live in sunny California (it was 100° today—October 13!), I’ll do that two or three times a week.

You can find many articles on the Internet about vitamin D and cancer.  Here’s the link to a good one:


My sister-in-law, Sarah, called me today and told me that her nutritionist said watercress is a good cancer fighter.  Naturally, I looked it up; I’ll be eating watercress.  I’m into natural stuff!  Here’s the link to one of the articles:


I am feeling really, really wonderful.  My son tells people who ask him, “She acts like nothing happened.”  And that’s the way I feel.  Like nothing happened.  Cancer is diabolical.  It can be silent.  Once the tumor was cut out of me, I was totally relieved.  The silent monster (that I didn’t even know was there) is gone!

The PET scan results put the cherry on top!  THANK YOU, GOD!!!




NOTE FROM JOYCEIf you enjoyed and/or learned from this blog, please leave a comment and send the link to others.  Thanks!!


If you’re interested in reading all about “My Breast Cancer Journey,” those posts start with post #334 (scroll down).


~ Joyce Fields


About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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6 Responses to Spreading Good News (Part 394 – My Breast Cancer Journey: PET Scan Results)

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