Nov 04

Immediately after my diagnosis in March, my doctors told me I was going to run the gauntlet of All Of The Cancer Big Guns.

Because of my young age, the size and nature of the cancer, and the risk of metastases, I learned that I would have the most powerful chemotherapy available, followed by the most aggressive surgery, followed by radiation therapy.  As Dr. Wonderful tells me, he is going for the home run with me.  The treatment plan was daunting at the time, but I was more thankful for the artillery than afraid of the noise.

Tomorrow is my last day of radiation.  I’m done with the treatment for my breast cancer.  It’s bittersweet.  And momentus.

I have five appointments on the calendar this week, and I shift immediately into maintenance/prevention/observation mode, so I’ll still be busy doing cancer-y things.  I won’t wake up feeling different on Tuesday.  My schedule will still be peppered with medical appointments.  However, I think that this day, this milestone, deserves a nod, a moment, a reflection.  I’m done with my Active Cancer Patient status; I’m moving on to NED Maintenance Patient status.  God blessed me tremendously: I survived the gauntlet and emerged with the prize the every cancer patient thirsts for: NED.

It is momentus.


  1. May this status follow you all the days of your life.

  2. Been following your blog all these months, and I sit here this morning starting my day with you, as I have so many times, and I feel such joy and gratefulness for our faithful God who has indeed answered our prayers. Your honesty, your gracefulness, your faith, has been a true inspiration and has lifted me up many times in the past months. I give thanks for you and your willingness to share your personal life with all of us~

  3. Love. Love. Love you! I will continue to pray for your heart and for NED to stay forever!!!

  4. W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L news 🙂 You have fought a long, hard battle ~ uphill in sleet & snow while carrying a 150 lb. backpack full of cancer gear ~and yet you never lost your ability to “stay calm and carry on”. Yes, from now on you’ll sleep with one eye open, keeping watch for any evidence of a rogue cancer cell that tries to rear its ugly head, but that will be a piece of cake compared to active battle. NED is your new BFF. I ♥♥♥ knowing that!

    Now…what have you decided about that hair cut???? Anxious to see the new you 🙂

  5. “I got the Joy, Joy, Joy down in my heart…” Singing praises…

  6. I’ve been following your blog since Momastery sent us over here in March. Our almost-5-year-old daughter just finished up her 28 months of chemo and was declared in remission October 2. Thank you for continuing to inspire me with your courage, vulnerability and grace. You have walked this path like a true warrior and I couldn’t be more happy to read your entry this morning. Long live NED 🙂

  7. newiefriend /

    Yahoo!!! Brings tears of joy and butterflies to my stomach. Jen you are a great warrior, positive patient, encouraging friend, shining spokeswoman for the mighty works of God!
    I am rejoicing with you! Smile, smile ,smile

  8. MommaJ /

    Thankful, Grateful, what more can be said!!! In March your path changed in your walk through life with God, family and friends!! Today, we are thankful beyond words for the tenacious FIGHT you’ve fought step by step with the medical team that the Lord provided, grateful for the myriad of helpers that have come alongside, the list goes on and on!!
    The Lord has given us all hope and encouragement through your story. Happy happy Thanksgiving Jen 😉

    s been there every step of the way

    • MommaJ /

      Oops, I think that what I’m most grateful for is tangible way the Lord walked with you every step of the way!! Encourages us all greatly..

  9. ThankGod! And thank you so much for sharing this journey, it’s been inspiring. Today is my last treatment as well, for NHL: 6 chemos, 17 radiations, 4 spinal injections.

  10. Julie Tomaszewski /

    Loving you so much right now!!

  11. Awesome! Thanks for allowing us readers to share in your journey and be so touched by your incredible faith! God is good! Much love & continued prayers:)

  12. Terri Kaufman /

    Jen, I’m so happy for you! I’m 2 years out from the same battle. Miracles are real and we walk in God’s grace!

  13. kathy swim /

    Congatulations! You are a warrior and a survivor! You are strong and healthy and positive! God bless you and keep you safe!

  14. Kim Rourke /

    Amazing grace!!! Imagining this new status could take some time to wrap your head around it. I am giddy for you!!

  15. Amen !! GOD is Good !! Continued Prayers & Peace 🙂

  16. “Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
    How great Thou art, How great Thou art.”

  17. Ann Yelle /

    Praise God! You have been in my prayers daily. Your blog has been an inspiration and a reminder of all that we as breast cancer patients go through. I can identify with almost all of it. I finished chemo in April and am now enjoying my new “do.” Hang in there!

  18. Marsha Vonderwish /

    Jeremiah 29:11
    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
    So very happy for you!

  19. You,ve beat the breast cancer beast and with God’s grace, you’re on your way to a beautiful, bountiful, blessed, long life with family and friends! Love, Aunt Annie

  20. Sarah Freed /

    Congratulations! I have continued to follow your blog since your initial diagnosis. I finished my chemo and radiation at the end of last year and so many of your blogs have really hit home for me. Some I’ve even saved because they hit so close. Enjoy NED! It truly is a special place to be!

  21. That is a good day! Glory to God.

  22. Fantastic news!

  23. It is absolutely momentus! It and you deserve so much acknowledgement. Many people are not able to mark such an occasion and I am so happy to know that you and NED are forging forward into the future together!

  24. Christin /

    Thank you, God. Well done, Jen and family! Amazing work, doctors!! You have my nod of recognition!!

  25. Amanda /

    i have been following you since last spring. i do not know you outside of this blog, but i am definitely taking pause and thanking God for his healing hand today. prayers will continue to come from cali as you embark on your NED chapter. God Bless you and your beautiful family.