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March 18th, 2014

Glory Be & Hallelujah… Again!


I had an appointment with Dr. Hoffman this morning to go over the tumor marker test that I was telling my good friend, Fran Drescher, about in my last post.
I sat in his office, waiting and waiting for him to come in. I think the waiting is the worst.
“Hi, Marie, how are you?”
I shook his hand and smiled, while inside, I wanted to scream. I’ve been a nervous wreck. I’m usually a happy person and look on the bright side of things, but for the past three days, I’ve thought of every possible scenario. Please don’t let the bomb drop today!
All I can say is, it’s a good thing that I am not a drinker, because I would have been totally sloshed for this appointment if I was.
He walked over to his chair and sat down. “The last time I saw you was in June of 2013.”
I rushed to explain. “I know I was supposed to see you in six months, but I was sick as a dog for the whole month of December. I couldn’t get to the phone to call you. Yes, I know it’s March and I’m three months late.” Please, don’t tell me that I now have cancer growing through my whole body because I waited those three months. I’m just sick and tired of doctors and surgeries and treatments and thinking about cancer.
“Well, your tumor marker test came back clear,” he replied.
I know the appointment went on for another ten minutes or so, but who really cares what was said past that good, happy news?

And yes, I did celebrate like last time:
a) Lunch at Taco DelMar with Ken
b) Dinner with Michael and Jonathan at Mexico Cafe
c) Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond waiting for me in the freezer as we speak

Boy, I live on the wild side.

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6 thoughts on “Glory Be & Hallelujah… Again!

    1. Rachel,

      Thanks a lot. I’m very happy for us all, too. I wish Adriana was here to celebrate with us, but such is life.

      Now, if I could just stop eating junk food when I’m stressed (for my tumor marker tests) and when I’m happy and wanting to celebrate (when said tumor marker tests are clear). I’ve been a bad, bad girl this week.


  1. Yee Haw Vern! So, so happy for the whole de Haan family!

    Now if we could just train those doctors to walk in the exam room, close the door behind them, turn to the patient and immediately say, “Your tumor markers are clear” instead of all the waiting and suspense…

    Love ya


    1. Tami,

      Amen, sister. The doctor could have saved me a few more minutes of “sweating it out.” Maybe he thinks because I’m always joking around with him, I’m not worried. Boy, did I have him fooled.

      Love you, too.

      I’m so glad you don’t have to start driving me around to chemotherapy appointments again. SHIVER.


  2. Marie!! Kennedy is soooo excited to sing in the event next month. You know she would do it alone if the others couldn’t make it! I don’t know where she gets her voice from, but I am a proud mama!

    Have fun tonight and have her fill me in!! I will keep posting your event.

    Delight in your joy and keep living on the wild side!!


    1. Wendy,

      You should be one proud mama. Kennedy (and the other girls) have beautiful voices. I could have listened to them all night long. But, alas, they had homework.

      I’m trying to strong-arm them into doing another song for me. :)

      I will take your advice and delight in my joy. Every single day, sister!


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