Gayla Sanders's Journal
One Year Ago Today...
Written Oct 22, 2013 9:06am by Gayla Sanders
One year ago today my life changed forever – I remember the conversation with my surgeon like it was yesterday, I still sometimes pinch myself to make sure that it’s not a dream, and a very bad dream at that! When he told me that I in fact did have CANCER, I just stared at him in utter disbelief! My immediate thought was someone has made a huge mistake!!! I NEVER put my name and CANCER in the same sentence, now I have a surgeon telling me that I have lung cancer, REALLY???? It was a surreal moment for sure. It is my hope and prayer for each and every one of you that you never hear those words, but if you do, roll up your sleeves and give it all you got! Cancer is tough, regardless of the type; just the word itself makes your knees weak. I am cancer free and pray everyday that I remain that way, but I would be lying if I said I do not live in fear of my cancer returning. It is a daily challenge, with some days being more challenging than others, but that is life, we none have a promise of tomorrow. All I know is right now I feel healthy, happy and very blessed to be cancer free and pray that I remain that way - from my lips to God’s ears!!!
Thank you all again for your continued prayers, love and support – it’s working and I hope and pray that it continues. Love to you all. Gayla.
Written Sep 11, 2013 6:59pm by Gayla SandersHello Everyone,
I am in Houston right now for my three month check up and I am excited to share with you all that I am still CANCER FREE!!! So very thankful for this blessing! God is good, all the time!!! :) I will see my radiation oncologist tomorrow morning and come home tomorrow night. My next trip out is in December and I fully expect to get a CANCER FREE report then too - from my lips to God's ears!!! Thank you all again for your continued prayers, love and support! I wIll update you all again when I go back to out in December. Love you all.
STILL CANCER FREE!!!
Written Jun 17, 2013 2:28pm by Gayla SandersHello everyone,
I just wanted to give you all an update. I just finished my last doctor's appointment out at M.D. Anderson and I am CANCER FREE!!!!! Thank you God!!! My doctors were very pleased with my progress and encouraged me to keep doing what I have been doing. Dr. Komaki, my radiation oncologist, was very impressed with my ability to continue to play tennis, take my Paul Lacoste class, etc., because of my diminished lung capacity combined with scar tissue from radiation. She came into the room and pulled up my CT scan and said that everything is looking very good, first no cancer and that my left lung is starting to expand to take up the slack from my dismissed right lung.
My heart is shifting to the right in order to allow my left lung to expand-all of this is due to my physical activity - which is a good thing. We discussed swimming in order to expand my lungs even further - so it's all work in progress. Then she said you also have a broken rib, did you know that? Ok, at this point Mama sits straight up in her chair and looks at me like what tha ...... I proceeded to tell Dr. Komaki that I thought so but I wasn't sure because I had never had one before so I just ignored it-well you can only imagine a mother's surprise at hearing her daughter has a broken rib! Those who have been around me know that I have a pretty substantial cough, my cough broke my rib - sad thing is I remembered when it happened, about 3 weeks ago, but it is feeling much better now.
All in all I am doing very well, I will go back to M.D. Anderson in September - my physicians are discussing now whether or not I need to have a PET Scan or another round of CT Scans of the chest. I told them that whatever they decided is what I will do, so we'll see.
Thank you all so much for your continued prayers and support, I truly could not have gotten to this point in my journey without all of your support.
Love you all,