Dear friends,

Here’s a quick update to let you know the results from my appointment this morning.

My oncologist informed me that my liver seems to be stable; there are signs that the two tumors are slightly smaller and that they are responding to the Tamoxifen. On the downside, there were three new round growths visible in my right breast, all about 5 mm in size. Not so big, but confirmed malignant. My oncologist signed me up for a PET scan which will take place in two weeks time. For the PET scan you have to take some radioactive sugar (yum) which causes cancer cells to light up. This should show if there are any other areas where the cancer may have spread.

Depending on the results, I will either get radiation treatment – if there are no indications of new metastases – or systemic treatment (meaning chemo), if there are mets. Either way there is a treatment plan coming up.

My main concern now is that I don’t want to miss our vacation to Boston in June. Victor and I will be visiting our dear friends the Caledonians, who were so hospitable and so much fun last time we were there, in September 2014. I will dig up some pictures from that trip and post them, since it was a spectacular spot and many happy memories!

Yesterday we celebrated King’s day, which was memorable for being so cold (low 40’s). I think it even hailed shortly, but I was inside then, snug and warm. King’s day is an outdoor event; we went to hear some live music in the village and had a beer (just one). It was nice to catch a few stray rays of sun, but once the sun set we went back home. Hopefully it will get warmer soon!

Tomorrow I leave for a short break to London, to visit my sister and accompany her back home. She is finishing up her Masters at the London Film School and has some exciting news which I hope to share with you soon. Thanks for all the nice notes and comments! Ciao!


10 Replies to “Update”

  1. Dear Sheila we wish you all the best. You are A great inspiratiebron for everybody and not only for people who are coping with the same situation…never give up.
    Agretha & Kenneth

  2. Hi Sheila,

    I’ve been following our blog. It’s always nice to get news from you, good and bad. As you said last time, your situation is dynamic right now. You have a great attitude and you have the support of all your friends and family around you. We’re lucky to have you, a dear friend.

    I hope you can make it back to Boston. We’ll be heading back to France around the same time. If we can meet up, that would be terrific!

    Can’t wait to hear the news about Nancy. A film school sounds just right for her. I often thought of the nice afternoon we had at Newport Beach. You gave Mike the geniune Oscar hoodie and I’m happy to report that it’s one of his favorite. We think of Nancy on Oscar nights. Hope she didn’t have much to do with the last one!

    Look forward to hearing from you. We’ll keep our fingers cross.

    Much love, Teresa


    1. Hi Teresa and Michael (and Sophie), yes, I’ve been meaning to write you but keep forgetting (sorry, chemo brain). Nancy didn’t have anything to do with the last Oscars! And yes, let’s meet up in the summer. We can meet you in France, just name the time and location! Have a great trip!

  3. Sheila, your courage and drive (and blog)are truly the best inspirations for all….every individual has his/her personal struggle and your strength reminds readers how to keep life’s follies in balance for the betterment of spirit and soul. Keep traveling and meeting with friends as you attempt a balance in life’s great fight!
    We love you!

  4. Lieve Sheila, alle hoop gaat uit naar een goed herstel en stop van de groei. Zo naar dat je dit nu weer moet doormaken Ik wens je veel sterkte en liefs toe. Annet.

  5. Hi Sheila,
    wat een ontwikkelingen weer. Goed om te zien dat je tijd met familie en vrienden prominent aanwezig zijn in je leven. Geniet ervan en sterkte met je herstel.
    Groeten, Floor

  6. Wishing you all the best. If anyone can beat this, you can. You are able to get the best out of life. 💪

  7. Lieve Sheila. Wat een vervelend bericht,maar hier kom je ook wel weer overheen,je bent zo`n flinke en dappere meid ! We hopen `dat jullie toch nog naar Boston kunnen,dan kan je daarna vol goede moed aan debehandeling beginnen. We wensen je daar veel plezier en daarna veel sterkte en `t allerbeste ! Veel liefs van Eilert en Babs.

    1. Hoi Eilert, sorry, ik was vergeten om op jullie reactie te reageren. Veel dank voor jullie medeleven. Boston is gelukt en was prachtig! Zal nog foto’s plaatsen! En de behandeling is goed gegaan en alles lijkt nu weer stabiel en rustig.

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