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MRI and Chemo

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Lindy

On Tuesday (yesterday), Dusty and I went to U of M for a follow up MRI of my brain.  This is the first MRI since the Stereotactic Radio Surgery I had a couple months ago.  Dr. Heth was happy with the results.  One lesion is no longer visible.  The other lesion is smaller.  This is a very early MRI and the radiation will continue to work.  I’m going back in three months to have another MRI.  Our hope is the smaller lesion will be gone too.  Also, there were no new tumors!  Thank God!

Dr. Heth also put me through what I call Brain Olympics.  I sit on the exam table.  First game is Resist and Pull. I put my elbows out to the side like I’m a clucking chicken.  Resist his pull.  Resist his push.  Next is the Finger Flicker.  I cover one eye and stare at the tip of his nose.  He flickers his fingers into my area of vision and I need to tell him when I can see them.  He does this from all angles.  Then I switch eyes.  Fun.  Third is the Leg Lift and Resist.  I put my legs straight out and lift against his strength and resist against his strength.  Fourth is Finger to Nose.  As fast as I can, I have to touch his finger, then touch my nose.  All the while, he moves his finger around.  Then I switch hands.  Fifth is Blinding.  Stare across the room while he shines a light into my eyes.  The light is so bright it is blinding.

He said I did very good and that I could have a seat on the chair.  I did a triple flip off the exam table, stuck my landing, raised my arms in the air like a professional Olympian and had a seat.  Just kidding of course.

I just got back from my first round of chemo.  Jill went with me and I must say it was a pleasure having it done in Holland.  No heavy traffic.  No one driving 60 mph in the left hand lane.  No rest areas.  Saved a tank of gas.

P.S.  I hide behind humor.

This is me and Jill just before chemo started.

Lindy Ver Beek

8 Responses to “MRI and Chemo”

  1. Angel says:

    I stumbled on your blog by accident. In all honesty, after finding it and reading almost every entry, I don’t even recall what I was looking for in the first place. You’re a very beautiful and brave woman. Your strength and grace are truly amazing. I will be praying for you and your family! God Bless You, Lindy

  2. jennifer dykens says:

    Great picture! I hope that chemo went well and I’m praying for no side effects with maximum results.

  3. julie meyaard says:

    I love your humor….
    praying each day for you, for dusty, and for your kids.

  4. Aunt Carole says:

    Even in chemo, you have one of the most beautiful smiles I know! We pray this is the beginning to the end of your cancer! Love & Prayers Always…

  5. Joann says:

    Praise God! I am in the same boat as you, Lindy. I’m older(44) but have had br cancer since 33 yrs. You will continue to amaze everyone, with God’s grace.
    I have been reading your blog for a while. You have a great sense of humor. I try to on my blog,mbut I can be sort of “woe is me”-ish. Anyway, I am so happy you received a good report on brain Olympics and such!
    Thank you for your honesty. You are helping me through my life with this nasty disease. God Bless you always.
    Joann

  6. Megan VK says:

    You are so brave, Lindy. Happy to hear the MRI showed good results! Praying that you will feel as good as possible during these treatments and for this disease to be gone forever. Praying.

  7. Amy Sluiter says:

    You are amazing, Lindy! Praying every day for strength, healing, and peace for you! Lots of love to you and your sweet family!
    Amy

  8. Jennie Ellis says:

    I am so happy to catch up on your blog! I pray for your family and was telling Kristen Milligan 2 days ago what a sweet family you are. She commented on how touched she was that you wrote a letter for her book. Love to you all!

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