Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lana

Everyone who reads this blog regularly knows that my wife, Lana, was diagnosed with cancer this past March. She went through chemo and radiation over the summer and it was certainly the worst thing that either of us had ever been through. Weight loss, hair loss, vomiting, weakness, full body rash, and a hundred other symptoms that made minute by minute living miserable for her. Much of the time she couldn’t even sleep to escape it.


There were many days when I could barely get out of bed myself, and I can only imagine how hard it was for her. Actually, I’m pretty sure I can’t imagine it. Many times she said that she just couldn’t take it, and yet she did. Day after day.

The treatments finished several weeks ago and she had begun to feel quite a bit better and was able to eat and sleep again. But we still had to get the full body scan to tell us the final results. Well, she got that scan on Monday and late on Tuesday she got the call with the results. She’s clear of the cancer. We both wept a little bit at that news. Talk about Thanksgiving!

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49 comments:

Sarah Hina said...

So immensely happy to read this, Charles.

I hope this is the best Thanksgiving of your lives.

Ty Johnston said...

Duuuddde! Congrats to both you guys! Glad to hear this news. Enjoy the best Thanksgiving ever.

Lisa said...

I am grateful to hear the news. I thought about Lana and wanted to ask you but since I was the one who had been away, didn't feel it was right. I am still thinking of what you had to go through and I am really, really happy for you and Lana. Happy Thanksgiving Charles and Lana.

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

Wonderful Thanksgiving news! I pray the horrific nightmare is in the past for good, my friend.

Shauna Roberts said...

Hope you two have a great Thanksgiving since you have so much to be thankful for!

pattinase (abbott) said...

All of us are weeping a bit at that news. I am so happy for you both. We will all be especially thankful tomorrow.

Ron Scheer said...

This is wonderful news. I have thought of both of you so often over the last months. And I will continue to do so, though now with a feeling of relief and thanks.

Aimless Writer said...

I'm tearing up a little here too. Great news Charles & Lana. So happy to hear this and so relieved.
I've been praying for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!
--Aimless

Chris said...

Great news.

Charles Gramlich said...

Sarah, thank you so much.

Ty, absolutely!

Lisa, thank you for the kind thoughts.

Bernard, amen, brother.

Shauna, so very much indeed.

Patti, indeed, and she'll be able to "enjoy" the meal!

Ron, thanks, man. Very happy!

Aimless, we are grateful.

Chris, much appreciated, man.

Merisi said...

What joy, I am so relieved and happy for both of you!
To a wonderful Thanksgiving,
best wishes,
Merisi

Heather said...

I am so thrilled to hear this news! You and Lana have been in my thoughts many times in past months and I've been so very worried about the both of you. I'm just so happy to hear things are finally better. Happy Thanksgiving to you both!

Terrie Farley Moran said...

I am thrilled to have a fellow survivor in our midst. Many joyful years ahead.

Keith said...

Fantastic! That's great news. I know you'll be having a great Thanksgiving.

Paul R. McNamee said...

Great news! Enjoy the holiday to the fullest!

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Terrific news, Charles! The best I have heard all of this year. Convey my very best wishes to Lana. Happy Thanksgiving to you both!

Jason E. Thummel said...

That is fantastic news. I commend your wife, and you, on your bravery and sheer awesomeness. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

David J. West said...

Excellent-all the best to both of you.

Riot Kitty said...

That is wonderful! Congratulations. Chemo sounds like a bitch.

Deka Black said...

Sincerely, and from the deepest bottom of my heart, i hope this is the best thanksgiving of your lives.

James Reasoner said...

That is absolutely fantastic. So glad to hear this news. Happy Thanksgiving to you both.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Best Thanksgiving present ever! That is so awesome to hear.

Oscar said...

Fantastic news, Charles. Most happy to hear that Lana is cancer-free.

moonrat said...

AHHHH YAY!!!!!! i'm so happy for you!!

Randy Johnson said...

Great news!

Scott Parker said...

That is fantastic news. Thanks for the update.

RichardS said...

Congratulations to you both, great news!

Cloudia said...

This is the BEST thing I've heard in a loong time!

I'm crying now. We love both of you!

laughingwolf said...

joyous news for all, charles!

lana, you go, girl! XO

Charles Gramlich said...

Thank you so much, everyone. It gladdens the heart to see the care! Thank you.

Travis Cody said...

That is amazing and wonderful news! Pass on my best wishes to Lana. Celebrate it...you both earned it.

eric1313 said...

Glad to read the news. Everyone was hoping for the best, not always does it actually work toward that end.

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks, so much. There certainly was a lot of fear, and some big relief when the news came through.

Greg said...

Glad to hear the good news! Hope you both have a happy Thanksgiving!

OOC said...

Read your post and the results. Wonderful!. Truly a Thanksgiving to be thankful for. All the best to you, my friend.

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Vesper said...

This is such great news! I'm so very, very, very happy to read this!
All the best to you both and Happy Thanksgiving! Plenty to be thankful for, my friend...

Kate Sterling said...

So, so happy for you both!

David Cranmer said...

Awesome news, Charles! And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful Lana.

Christina said...

That is absolutely wonderful!!! I'm so happy for the two of you!

G. B. Miller said...

I'll repeat what I left on FB:

CONGRABULATIONS!!!!

sage said...

Very good news! Thanks for sharing it with us and trust you two had your best Thanksgiving yet.

ivan said...

Luck!
These things rarely turn out this way.
Happiness to you both.

Charles Gramlich said...

I appreciate it very much, every one.

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks for all of the support, well wishes and congratulations. :) We're both thrilled, of course!

Cap'n Bob said...

I guess I haven't checked in on this blog for a long time because this is the first I've heard of it. On the other hand, it's nice to have been here to hear the great news and not have to worry along with you during those ghastly treatments. Lana must be a very strong person to endure all that. She has my deep respect.

SzélsőFa said...

awww, that is really a relief.
God bless you both!

Chris Benjamin said...

Oh man, that is indescribably fantastic news. Hallelujah!!

Elaine Ash said...

Without a doubt, this is the best news of 2012. Happy days are here again! My best to you both.

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Wonderful news. And what a wonderful Thanksgiving, I'm sure. Prayers answered!