Happy Tears

In the chemo chair with my flowers from Nurse Shelley. Ready for my last treatment.

In the chemo chair with my flowers from Nurse Shelley. Ready for my last treatment.

I have some great news. First of all, I got my MRI results and have found out that the tumour in my left lymph node is essentially gone! And the tumour in my breast has shrunk down from a whopping 15 cm to less than 1cm! What the what? So amazing. This is what the MRI report says:

“A small amount of faint residual non-mass enhancement [in the breast] is identified measuring approximately 1cm. No suspicious mass enhancement is identified in this area. Overall there has been significant improvement in the enhancement noted in the upper outer quadrant of the left breast. The previously noted mass measuring approximately 15cm in greatest dimension.

Additionally, the malignant lymph nodes in the left axilla are no longer visualized. No abnormal lymph nodes are noted in either axilla.”

That is a whole lot of words that basically make me cry happy tears. And it’s been a long time since I cried happy tears. I have a CT scan next that will also provide more info, particularly about the tumours that were in the neck area. The MRI was only for the breast and under my arm.

Also, today was my last chemo treatment! All went well. At Princess Margaret, when someone finishes chemo, they get to ring the “bravery bell.” I felt a bit wonky and tired as I walked over to it, but once I got my hand on the rope to ring that little bell, I was surprisingly awake. Ringing that bell felt awesome. It made me feel invigorated and, for lack of a better word, alive. Everyone nearby started clapping, and again, I cried a few happy tears.

This may be only photo where I do not have a crazy, maniacal smile on my face. I loved ringing that bell!

This may be the only photo where I do not have a crazy, maniacal smile on my face. I loved ringing that bell!

I know the next few days will be up and down, but knowing that this is the last time I have to deal with all the chemo-related side effects makes me feel strong and so, so ready to be done with all of this. The next step is surgery, which will also be hard, but that’s okay. I keep telling myself this little mantra: The only way out is through. And it makes me feel better and ready for whatever comes next.

Nate with my post-chemo celebratory flowers.

Nate with my post-chemo celebratory flowers.

About Naomi

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46 Responses to Happy Tears

  1. hensleton says:

    YAY! So happy! Tears of joy over here too! LOVE!

  2. leila says:

    the best! way to go trooper. sending you soooooooooooooooo much love from germany. these celebrations are big time international. xoxoxo

  3. kap says:

    Definitely happy tears happening everywhere!

  4. naomi says:

    What wonderful, superb news! I think we all have happy tears for you, mitch and nate!
    Much love,
    Naomi and david

  5. Jennifer sailofsky says:

    David shared this blog with me and I also cried happy tears. I’ve been thinking alot about how brave you are and how much courage and love you have. Keep that amazin spirit and you’ll come out on this ahead:)

  6. Sarah L. says:

    YAY!!! That’s wonderful Naomi. Lots of love from Portland, and from the Levy clan (and Katy’s family!) all over the West coast.
    Sarah and Katy

  7. jb says:

    So much to be grateful for thanks to this post. Happy, teary day. Sending my biggest hugs to all of you.

  8. yulia says:

    Way to go! Only happy tears from now on! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

  9. hensleton says:

    Can’t stop looking at this and happy-crying! I know the next week will be tough, but you will be OUT soon! Sending SO MUCH LOVE!

  10. Vince says:

    That’s awesome!! So happy for you!

  11. Pamela says:

    I read your blog and cried happy tears for you! The news is wonderful and the light at the end of the tunnel is shining a lot brighter now! Sending lots of love your way XOXO! – Pam

  12. Chocho T says:

    This is fantastic news!!! Prayer warriors at work!!! Hope you find strength in Mitch and Nate for the next few days!! Surgery is in God’s hands, and you will be ok!! Be strong Naomi, GO Naomi.

  13. t'ai says:

    my favorite post so far. love you sis.

  14. lizm says:

    You’re bravery is so inspiring, Naomi! Ring that bell! So happy for the positive news and sending lots and lots of love your way. Wishing you strength and peace for whatever’s next.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    OH HELL YES. Another round of happy tears for everyone, my treat! You have handled this with grace, strength,and love, and Adam and I want to tell you that we think you’re a magical superstar. (Can I also add that your little boy is gorgeous?)

  16. Neil & Reena says:

    Awesome! Reena and I are so happy for you guys to hear this great news!! Sending you continued love and good vibes. Hope to see you soon. Xoxo. Neil & Reen

  17. Megan Mallen says:

    Oh wow – absolutely bawling my eyes out right now – all happy bawling of course. This is so incredible to read. Love you so so so so much.

  18. Dillon says:

    Such good news! Words can’t describe how wonderful this post is. Happy tears indeed 🙂 Ring the bell, ding ding!!

    You are a champion Naomi, and so are you Mitchymitch. You are both so impressive. Really looking forward seeing you and young Nathan in May. Love you guys!

  19. Naomi says:

    Thanks, Dillon! Looking forward to seeing you soon too. Lots of love. xo

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  21. Sarah says:

    Hurray! That makes me so very happy. XOXOXOX

  22. LiseyBendy says:

    Hello! The only way out is through is one of the mantra’s I use. I’m going to read every one of your blogs! Thanks for finding me. x

  23. Amy says:

    Oh Naomi, I have been thinking of you this past week and beyond thrilled to hear your wonderful wonderful news. Beautiful photos of a beautiful family- what a moment to ring that bell and move ahead! You, Mitch and Nate are truly together in overcoming this and you are doing it one step at a time- we are so proud and inspired by you all! p.s. Glad Nate is enjoying swim class- a pool play date with his pal Clementine this summer will be super cute!

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks, Amy! It was so great to see you and the gorgeous family. And, we LOVED the granola – thank you! Definitely looking forward to more play dates in the future. xo

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