Sandy Beardsley
Living with a Brain Tumor

September 2020
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Some Good News…
Filed under: General
Posted by: Dan @ 7:53 pm

2006 is off to a good start.
Last Tuesday (January 3) we went to the local hospital and Sandy had her first MRI since the day after the surgery at Stanford on October 24. We had the MRI sent overnight FedEx to Sandy’s oncologist at Stanford (the MRI is on a CD). We had to wait three long days (until Friday the 6th) to meet with her local oncologist, who had also conferred with the Stanford doctors.

After looking at the scans, they all agreed that there has been no change in the tumor site since the surgery, meaning no new growth of the tumor. This is great news. We didn’t expect to see any change so soon and also because Sandy has been feeling pretty good - no new symptoms - but it was a huge relief to view the MRI scan comparisons on the computer screen and see that there had been no change. She will continue to get an MRI every two months to check for any changes in the tumor area — some of it could not be removed surgically and the cancer is now the highest grade, fastest growing type.

So even though the cancer has not gone away, at least we can celebrate that a combination of the chemo drug, prayers (our own and yours), and a lot of hope and faith have kept it in check so far.

And in other good news… we both went cross-country skiing a few days ago. What a great feeling to be gliding along the tracks through the woods together. We also brought in the New Year in fine style by getting dressed in our best and going to a big gala dinner and dance party at the retreat where we got married just down the road. We figured after this past year we deserved to start this one right.

Sandy and I have also formed a team to ride in the LiveStrong Ride in Portland in September. It’s a fundraising event for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Lance and other famous cyclists ride in the event so that will be exciting. Our team is called Friends of Sandy (thanks Tim). I’ll be riding a hundred miles (if my leg is healed and strong enough by then) and Sandy something less than that. A note to our cycling friends: we’ll be asking if you want to join our team, so check your email, or just go straight to the website and join. If you would like to help our team with a donation (each rider has to raise at least $500 to participate), check the website link to the LiveStrong Ride to the right and donate to any of our team who has not reached $500 yet. All the money raised goes toward cancer research and empowering those affected by cancer.

Here’s to living and riding strong.

Thank You and Good Night,

5 Responses to “Some Good News…”

  1. Eric S. Beardsley Says:
    Sandy and Dan, That’s the news we were hoping and praying for.I’d like to join your cycling team for the LAF ride in Portland.I’ll be your personal domestique Sis! Talk to you soon, Love Eric
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    Terrific news for two great people and the bike ride with Lance will be a special time for both of you. Much love from Waldport–Mom
  3. Heather Says:
    Dear Dan & Sandy, Phew on the MRI, that is good news. Thank you for keeping the blog updated with these important findings, like going xc skiing together - how wonderful was that? It’s snowing again today, so the “snow God” is happy with you too, the rest of us will get to keep skiing :o ) We’ve been thinking of you on the birding around here, glad they also bring you delight at your home - on Saturday January 7th we saw the adult pair of bald eagles and 1 immature roosting at various cottonwoods along the Icicle between our homes (don’t the O’Connor’s and Murphy’s share the care and raising of these eaglets? ha ha). Prayers of healing, loving and peace to you our friends. You are strongly in our prayers. With love and blessings on this 2006, Heather & Pat and Barky-bark-bark Clover, Meooo Rufous and purrr-meow Prunie (how come Roger doesn’t know who Prunie is? I guess we need a boggle & South Pacific night up here soon, ha ha)
  4. Tim Gartland Says:
    Nothing like the black and white of an MRI to settle uncertainties! What a relief. Happy New Year to the both of you from the both of us. I commend your resolution to ride in Portland this coming September. You’re making me look bad though! I’d be happy to resolve to look at my bike from time to time in 2006. Now you’ve planted the seed, and my conscience is beginning to nag me. To satisfy it I’m gonna have to ride the dang thing now. Who knows, maybe Portland too? All the best, Tim and Kim
  5. Anna Says:
    Dan and Sandy, I read these postings and my heart catches in my throat. We see you two out walking and our spirit soars — like catching sight of the bald eagle pair –it takes our breath away. Much like the distance between our homes, you’re never far from our hearts and thoughts. Hang in there. Anna and Lee

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