something changes direction

From my post ‘turning point‘, I concluded with the following –

Upon having my initial appointment with the Supportive Care Medicine, the main doctor, Dr. C., immediately wanted to place me in the hospital due to the extreme pain level and the lack of quality of life.

So, after waiting several hours just to be admitted that were becoming unbearable for me, finally a bed became available and the start of my 7 days would begin.

This is a turning point that Gary and I were looking for that would change the course of my treatment.


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More to come my friends in future posts to explain so much more.

From my post ‘critical point‘, I wrote the following –

Upon admittance into the hospital, the Supportive Care Medicine team of doctors wanted to change my pain medications and run scans to determine the sources of the difference pains I feel daily.

First, a CT Scan with contrast was performed with Dr. C. specifying thoracic, abdominal and pelvic areas.  As part of this CT Scan, he requested the right groin area be included.  My right groin for the past several weeks has been causing me severe pain.

Second, Dr. C. ordered a full body MRI specifically on the spine.  He wanted to determine if anything out of the ordinary regarding nerves was obvious.


In today’s post, I write the following – has this definition –

turning point


  1. a point at which a decisive change takes place; critical point; crisis.
  2. a point at which something changes direction, especially a high or low point on a graph.
  3. Surveying. a point temporarily located and marked in order to establish the elevation or position of a surveying instrument at a new station.

Based on my admittance into the hospital, changes to my pain medications, tests and results – there are 2 turning points.  This is turning point 2 –

The results of the CT Scan and MRI came back with additional bad news.

My cancer has now spread into my bones and spine as well as additional Lymph Nodes.  It was only one month ago I had scans performed and these areas were clear and displayed nothing out of the ordinary.  The doctors are amazed at how quickly my cancer has spread. 

So, what comes next?

Following my hospital stay I met with my Oncologist Dr. L. and we decided I would start with Immunotherapy treatment due to my cancer being wide spread.  The Immunotherapy treatment will start immediately.


The news I received about the test results, honestly, I kind of expected.  I know my body and my body has been telling me something for a while now.

86 thoughts on “something changes direction

  1. Im so sorry Terry. Im glad you still have treatment options. You are loved and supported dear friend. As always, holding your hand in spirit as you and Gary walk down these many different directions. ❤️

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  2. Oh terry! It is confirmed what your body and heart knew. I am so sorry to hear. I am so sorry for what you are going through. Seek the best comfort and relief and care you can get for this journey. And live this journey the best you can. Surround yourself with those you love and embrace it. This is your life and your journey. Know how much you are loved by so many. Know what a huge impact you have been and are on us in your positivity and honesty and vulnerability. You are a hero to me buddy. Love you. Xo

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    • Jodi, you are a huge supporter and for that I thank you. You always have encouraging words for me and have on more than one occasion, brought a smile to my face. We have never met, but I consider you a true friend who I know would do anything for me – you are a genuine friend. A hero, well I am not sure about that, as you know I just consider myself ordinary. You know this is difficult for me to write – love you too. Terry

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      • I hope it is becoming less difficult for you to write and say, but I am so honored to hear it from you. You know I love you so dearly! I keep hubby posted on your updates and I still have hopes we will meet some day, but if not, our friendship still has been and is a wonderful blessing to my life. I am not afraid to say it – I LOVE YOU BUDDY!!! xo

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  3. I’ve only known you through your blog for a short while, but I’ve been impressed by who you are. You are always so up-beat and positive. I know you are not only a good person, but a fighter. I send you my prayers, and best wishes. Take care, and get better.

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    • What a very nice compliment, thank you very much. I continue to fight and do the best I can. Your prayers and best wishes are always welcomed. Hope your day is going well. 🙂


  4. Oh sweet Terry, this is not good news at all. I am so sorry. I am so sorry that you are having to deal with all of this. This has been a tough road to travel . I truly hope the Immunotherapy works it’s magic. Love and hugs. x

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  5. Yes, you do know your body best, but now suspicions are confirmed and new treatments started. It sounds like you have a good team around you, and of course your loving Gary and this big wide interwebz of friends behind you! Sending lots of love, Terry! XOXOXO

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    • Thank you Tanya for your support, love and hugs. I am fortunate to have many here who also send the same encouragement to me on a daily basis. I appreciate you my friend and hope you have a happy day! 🙂

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  6. This is such awful news…but there you are, smiling! My father died from ‘bone cancer” – multiple myeloma – and the doctor said the pain must have been excruciating…but Pop just endured. I’m amazed by both of you. My prayers go out to you for the best resolution to this that you can have. My tears will be private. Take care Terry!

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    • Embeecee, we have known each other for a while now, and I appreciate you very much. Your prayers are always welcomed and there are many tears I shed in private as well. I will remain as strong as possible till the end, Thanks dear. 🙂


  7. Terry, dearest Terry you did know but that doesn’t make it any easier to hear. I am so so sorry to read this. As ever I send you so much strength and warmth across the ocean. You have my utmost and everlasting respect above all things. For your dignity. You are rare. And I am proud to know you.

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    • Osyth, your support is more than I could ask for, you are a dear friend and I appreciate you. The strength you send I take full advantage of and use it to continue the fight. Thank you for your kind words and I am glad our paths have crossed. Happy day my friend. 🙂

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  8. Well first of….I refuse to hit the like button….I think they need more buttons to click on like Facebook….secondly…..on my dear Friend… give me strength on a daily basis….the way you have held your head as high as you can, most times with a smile on your face, wearing the pain as best as you can, and always, always worrying about everyone else…..your strength is beyond words…..sometimes shit happens to good people…..cancer….I am soooo, soooo sorry for this report….be as pain free as you can my friend….I will continue to send moon beams to you….I will continue to include you and Gary daily in my prayers to all the Goddess, God’s and any other Deity’s that is listening to call….I read where someone called you a Hero….yup, that’s just what you are….my Hero as well….keep smiling my friend…and please keep telling this cancer it won’t win, no matter !! as Always dancing in the moon light for you….xxXXXXxxkathy

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  9. Oh my dear friend, I am so sorry that you have been dealt another blow. Knowledge is powerful, and it is good that you can begin immediate treatment. I know you will face this with the same courage as ever, but like everyone here, my heart aches for you. Sending gentle hugs as always.

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    • Su, thank you for your comment that supports me and encourages me. My treatment has started and I will post more about that later this week. Your kind words I appreciate as I do your hugs and friendship. 🙂

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  10. Terry, I am very sorry to read this news. Although I have been reading your blog for longer than I’ve been commenting, you are so much in my thoughts. Good to hear that an immediate treatment plan is in place. You have so many people pulling for you.

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  11. A turning point and an other chapter Terry. Keep tuning in and breathing well. May the pain continue to be handled and the immunology treatment knock things back. Sending a gentle hug. Love and healing light 💕🙏💛

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  12. I really can not express how very very sorry I am, Terry. It is one thing to suspect, quite another to know for sure. I hope the immunotherapy will bring you the much needed relief and a better quality of life again. Are you still getting radiation treatments as well or has that stopped? I’m sorry if I’m asking something that you might have already explained in an earlier post – I’m working my way backwards 😉
    Many many hugs to you my dear friend! I think of you everyday. 😄😘

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