Update: My Wife is in Remission!

I’m the happiest I’ve ever been while writing a blog post.

Today, I received the best news of my life. My wife, who has been battling Ovarian Cancer, received confirmation that she is in remission! Her recent CAT Scan is clear. Her most recent CA-125 blood test, her first without chemo, remained in the normal range.

I first began sharing news about my wife’s fight almost a year ago in my post: “Special Report — ‘It was the Best of Times; It was the Worst of Times.’ It was 2011.” Now that I can finally share some good news, I thought I would take a moment to also thank you for your warm thoughts, special prayers, and kind notes of support. Lisa and I greatly appreciate your encouragement.

Ovarian Cancer is a frightening disease. Caught very early, the chance of survival is quite great. Caught just a bit late, the chance of survival plummets. That’s why it essential that every woman knows about the symptoms.

As my wife’s story reveals, it is also important for us all, men as well as women, to take personal responsibility for our own health. The doctor’s she saw all wanted to simply treat her symptoms without identifying the underlying cause. She saw a total of five doctors before she found a sixth, the one who made the diagnosis. Her cancer was caught at Stage 1-C. If she had listened to any of the first five doctors, the cancer would likely have been caught far too late.

You know your body better than anyone. If something is not right, insist that your doctor finds out what the problem is. Make certain that your doctor does not simply treat your symptoms, thereby just masking the real problem. Insist on a proper diagnosis, even if you must fire your doctor and find a new one. It could save your life. It saved my wife’s life. 

That’s what Michael Rosen says… What do you say?

 

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41 Comments to “Update: My Wife is in Remission!”

  1. Fantastic news, Michael! Thanks for sharing!! Best wishes to you and your wife!

  2. Spectacular news! Great lessons in persistence, proactivity and perspective. Without your health, very little matters. Thank you for sharing.

  3. The best news I’ve had all week. So glad to hear it, Michael.

  4. Wahoo!!!!!!! Such fantastic news!!!

  5. Wonderful news and thank you for sharing your personal struggles and victories and creating more awareness about this epidemic. Let us all fight and support a cure for Michael’s wife and all those afflicted. Make your donaton today.

    • Stephanie, thank you for your warm thoughts. Before I started sharing my wife’s story, I asked for her permission. She was very much in favor of it. It’s not that she wanted lots of sympathy; instead, what she wanted was to share her story in the hope that it might help someone else. Even with everything she was going through, she was still thinking of others. She’s a special lady, and I’m a lucky guy.

  6. Michael,

    Such good news! And thank you for good words about seeking appropriate diagnosis. Wishing you and Lisa all the best in the coming days.

  7. Great to hear, Michael. I wish you both an even healthier journey forward.

  8. Triple Yay’s! She’s an incredible gal, so sorry she and you have had to go through this. Let me know if you want to go out and celebrate a bit over the good news.

  9. Michael, What a wonderful blessing! We’re rejoicing with you and your wife
    down here in Memphis!

  10. Michael, what wonderful news for your wife, you, and the rest of your family. Your story lends credence to the fact we must all be our own health advocate. Blessed be to you and your wife–and congratulations!

  11. Terrific news! So happy to hear that!

  12. Michael, I am very happy to read this news. When we first started our friendship, she was first starting her treatments, and since then I have kept the both of you in my prayers. It is good to know that prayer, along with treatments, do work.

    Ovarian cancer is a scary thing indeed. It took one of my grandmothers, an aunt, and a friend from high school. Cancer has affected me personally far too much, and I think we need to do more to find successful treatments to end this scourge.

    Congratulations to you and your wife!

    • Richard, thank you for your ongoing support. I’m sorry to hear about your family’s own experiences with Ovarian Cancer. We need better screening, better diagnoses, and better treatment. We need women to know and not ignore the symptoms. And, we need doctors who look for the causes of symptoms rather than simply treat them.

  13. That’s amazing, congratulations Michael, to you and your wife! May you have many more years together!

  14. That’s wonderful news!!!! I’m so happy to hear that, that’s so wonderful for your wife (and for you!).

  15. Michael, I’m a new reader to your blog and deeply appreciate the thoughtful remarks you make. I was unaware of your wife’s illness but thought it was lovely that you sent this notice out to your readers. May she continue to full health and isn’t she fortunate to have a husband who shares his joy with her improved condition with those he serves….best wishes to you both.

    Holly

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    • Holly, thanks so much for your good wishes. I started sharing Lisa’s story, with her permission, for two reasons:

      1. Our lives were turned upside down which was impacting all of our relationships. I thought it was important to let folks know what was going on so that they would not misunderstand our erratic behavior.

      2. We wanted to potenitally help others. Lisa’s prognosis is so good because of her tenacity. She hopes her story will inspire others to be equally strong advocates for their own health.

      Lisa is an amazing woman in so many ways. Now, she can focus her efforts on her full recovery and getting back to normal.

      In conclusion, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my posts. If you ever have any thoughts about what you’d like me to cover, just let me know. I’m always looking for good ideas.

  16. Michael, I’m thrilled to read your post! I’m grateful that your wife was willing to share her story with you and consequently with us. You continue to amaze me with how, despite all you’re experiencing, you are able to offer insight and humor to your faithful readers! With gratitude for your wife’s remission and your collective wisdom in sharing her experience, Brenda

    Brenda Ray Scott, CFRE
    Principal
    Adept Diva Consulting

    • Brenda, thank you for your support. While our journey has been difficult, Lisa and I have worked hard to live a normal life how, when, and where we could. It’s certainly been challenging at times. But, it was the best way for us not to be pulled completely down by events. Thanks again!

  17. Congratulations to your wife on her successful treatment – and to you for having the guts to write about it.
    Best to you both,
    Jim Eckel
    USS Midway Museum

  18. I’m truly happy for both of you, and send my most healing positive thoughts your way. May her remission live long and prosper. You are also so right about listening to your body and acting quickly. I had a similar situation recently in my family, but the outcome was not positive. We got to the doctors too late. Life is fragile. Yet the life force is also exceptionally strong.

    • Claire, thank you for your good wishes. I’m sorry to hear about your family’s situation. You’re right. Life is fragile. Tragedy can strike at any moment. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that the people we love know we love them, every day, every moment. My thoughts are with you. I hope you and your family find comfort during this difficult time.

  19. In a week filled with disappointments, nothing brightened my mood more than to read of your wife’s successful battle with ovarian cancer. Too often in this life we forget that there are big issues of life and death that others are waging. My best wishes for your wife and you, and long life, and many moments of peace and joy.

    • Jerold, thank you for your good wishes. I’m sorry that you’ve had a week of disappointments. During such frustrating times, my wife has always kept me focused (in a good way) on the things that really matter, even before her battle with cancer. But, this has certainly been an unusually tough year. In addition to Lisa’s fight, we lost two close friends and an uncle. Life is fragile. Now, given what we’ve gone through, we’ve been evaluating our priorities.

      By the way, the good thing about having a disappointing week is that you can be pretty sure that next week will be better. 🙂 I know, for Lisa and me, that next year will almost certainly be a much better one. Hang in there. Hug the ones you love. And, enjoy the weekend.

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