PET Scan Results

Mar 18

My PET scan result is perfectly CLEAN!





This is perhaps the shortest radiology report I’ve had to date.  Today I am medically boring and ecstatic about it.  Nurse Practitioner Rockstar is the one who came into the exam room to give Brad and I the results, and I was thrilled to get the great news from her.  It’s also one of the factors that you learn as you play the role of cancer patient: it’s a really, really good sign when the head honcho (Dr. Wonderful in this case) doesn’t feel the need to see me to talk about the results.  There are no asterisks, no parts that require further tests/analysis, and, bottom line, nothing to talk about.  Rockstar handed me the report and then we sort of shrugged at each other as we had nothing else to cover!

So, we talked about her recent trip to Mexico, and my upcoming trip to New York.

You know, as soon as there is the opportunity, we in the oncology suite take every chance we can to talk about things that are life-giving, hopeful, happy and optimistic.  Tonight, I am still feeling the effects of chemo in my system: the weebly, wobbly, woozy effects.  I’m in this parallel world where I am simultaneously beaten down and buoyed up.  My soul is soaring even while my body is still yet trembling under what I bear.

Tonight, I fix my thoughts on good and lock them in: I am free.


No Evidence of Disease.

I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.  I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.  My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.  –Psalm 9:1-3


  1. Thank you LORD! Xoxo

  2. Mary Beth /

    Thanks be to God!!!!

  3. Jen powers /

    Praise the LORD oh my soul!! You are MORE than an conquerer! Happy dancing in our family room. Have a great evening celebrating! Thank you, Jesus!

  4. David /

    What beautiful word………NED


  5. Amy Wheeler /

    Hallelujah!! Praise God!! Couldn’t be more ecstatic for you! Rest, heal, and enjoy!!

  6. Melody Smith /

    Woo hoo from me too…I lifted up a special intention for NED for you this morning and I know the Lord answered not only my prayer for you but many, many, many other ones too!

  7. Kris S. /


  8. leah chapman /

    Best news ever!!!!!!!!

  9. Karin Eppert /


  10. Janey /

    Praise The Lord…..God is good. He has a plan for all of us especially… Keep the faith!

  11. Bonnie J /

    Absolutely wonderful wonderful news !!!

  12. Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow…! Celebrating with you!

  13. Rebecca /

    Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!!!!!!! I am thrilled for you and your beautiful family!

  14. Susan /

    Awesome news! Praise The Lord!

  15. Suzann /


  16. Praise God!

  17. Sheila /

    Feeling nothing but joy for you today!

  18. Lindsay /

    Thank you Jesus!!!

  19. Julie /

    There’s that word again FREE! Love it and ecstatic right with you girlfriend 🙂

  20. Christin /

    I’ve been checking through the day and waiting to hear!!! Yay!!!!!!

  21. Kim Rourke /

    I forced myself not to look when I saw the email!! I finished my school work, put grades on report cards, set up my poetry cafe for tomorrow’s poets THEN…. I took a deep breath and opened your email.

    Now I can cry my tears of joy and enjoy every drop that falls!!! I am laughing, crying, and otherwise making a fool of myself in my empty classroom.

    Yea God for giving us YOU!!! TAKE THAT CANCER!!!

  22. double wooo hooooo !!!

  23. Lori6NV /


  24. Ben Powell /

    Jen!!! thats fantastic news. Your entire extended family has been cheering for you and KNEW you would kick this things butt!! All the love in the world,

  25. Maryann /

    Woohoo!!!! We are celebrating your NED status in Dublin tonight! 🙂

  26. Praise God! So happy to hear this news! NED is the best feeling in the world! I hope that you have a restful evening.

  27. Tiffany /

    You inspire us all…and today we thank our God for His goodness!! Both times you were diagnosed I went to church the Sunday after and they sang “Mighty to Save”…I cried…and do you know I haven’t heard it since…just those 2 Sundays. Mighty to Save needs to be part of your word wall!!! We win, cancer!! God wins!

  28. Stephanie /

    I am soaring with you 🙂 God is good.

  29. So happy to hear the great results! Celebrate when you can!!!

  30. jen gev /

    SO HAPPY FOR YOU, JEN AND BRAD! That is wonderful news, P.R.A.I.S.E GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Ali Moore /

    Thanks be to God for His blessings! Rejoicing with you!

  32. SO very happy with you about this wonderful news!!!

  33. Shannon /

    Wonderful news!!!!!!! 🙂

  34. Kathi Roth /

    Praise God!! I love NED!!!!

  35. Michelle /

    Clearly, like all the other days past, you did today well. Very well.

    • Praise God! Healing will be so much easier with such wonderful news. Prayers will continue your way for many months ahead.

  36. KellyE /

    Wonderful, wonderful news! So glad to hear.

  37. laura /

    Praise praise praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!! Sooooohappy to hear this fantastic news!!!!!!!!

  38. Sharon House /

    There are no words to express how overjoyed I am for you and your family. Hallelujah!

  39. Patty Wheeler /

    I just read this and am smiling ear to ear!

  40. annie /

    “For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord, “plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
    Jeremiah 29: 11 – 13
    You have certainly sought the Lord with all your heart. I have prayed this verse over you, Jen. To God be the glory.

    As stranger-friends, we can bow our hearts together in thanksgiving. Amazing.

  41. Mackenzie Rice /

    Sooooooo happy for you Jen and Brad!!! Saying a prayer of thanksgiving for the whole Anderson family! Love wins! Yea!!!!! Mackenzie and C.J.

  42. Kathy /

    So Happy for you!!! Kathy

  43. Jen Roesch /

    “Turn your ear to heaven and hear the joyous noise!”

    Absolutely wonderful!!

  44. Jules /

    My eyes are filled with tears of joy. My heart is filled with pure joy. Congrats Jen. Your determination, strength and faith are amazing! YOU are amazing! I couldn’t be more happy for you and all of your family! Woo Hoo, girl!!!

  45. Jenna /

    I’m so happy to read this! I hope your body catches up to the joy and relief your mind feels soon. So proud to call you my sister in Christ as you walk this out so beautifully! Praise The Lord for kicking this thing in the butt!!!!

  46. Tiffany Green /

    This is amazing news to hear and I’m so thankful that once again God has blessed you beyond measure! Amen and cheers to continuing to do today well for 48+ years!! Rock on!!!

  47. Banita /

    Wonderful news!!!!!

  48. Ginger /

    Amazing news and Jen !!!! Prayers are answered!!

  49. Hannah /

    I’m currently at work doing my little happy dance for you!!! That is amazing news and I’m so so so happy for you!!
    In the UK NED means Non Educated Delinquent but when I got my own happy news I was more than happy to tell people I was a NED!!
    Enjoy, soak it in, revel in it, give your loved ones all the cuddles in the world and then simply do the thing you’re so so good at – Do Today (and tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that and so on and so on for 48.5 years) Well
    Truly amazing!!

  50. Sue Nitz /

    Praise God!!!! I will pray for continued NED! And that God’s continued strength will surround you and your family. Peace and love to you.

  51. Genora /

    I amm soooooooooo happy with you! NED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is Good! His faithful love endures forever.

  52. Kristen /

    Amazing news! Overjoyed for you and yours!

  53. ohiofishergirl /

    Yay!!!! Great news and celebrating NED with you!! Doing the happy dance this morning!! 🙂 Hugs, Lauri

  54. Woo hoo! I’m so happy to read this.

  55. Colleen /

    Jen, I can’t even begin to tell you how elated I am for you and your family! You are so amazing. Go enjoy life and live it to the fullest extent possible. God knows that you have earned it! Oh, and the great news came just in the midst of the first day of spring – how appropriate! I love you!

  56. Jenny /

    Praise God!!! I have tears in my eyes reading this update. Rejoicing with you!!!

  57. Get out and STAY OUT this time, cancer! You are officially not welcome at this party!

  58. Maureen /


  59. Laura /

    Praise the lord!!! I’ve been thinking about you since yesterday. This totally made my day. BEST NEWS EVER!!!!!!!

  60. peggy /

    Start humming the tune by Pharrell Williams. This post makes me HaPpY!!!! ♥p

  61. Owengirl /

    Thanking God with you and for you!

  62. Praise God to whom all blessings flow! 50 years!

  63. Shannon Kahrs /

    Although in my heart and soul I knew you were cancer free, it is so good to hear it from Dr. Wonderful!!! Love you Jen!

  64. Rita O'Brien /

    Best news I have heard today. God is good.

  65. kathleen /

    Sooooo Happy for you and the family!!!! Great news!!

  66. Jennifer /

    May you have 48+ more years of ‘medically boring’! Congratulations!

  67. Anne Jutt /

    We’ve been on vacation and one of the first things I wanted to do was log in to see how you are! Boom baby! YES! I’m so happy! Our God IS a Great Big God! Celebrating with you!

  68. Denice /

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile now but don’t think I’ve ever commented. I’ve been praying for God’s healing and am rejoicing with you and NED!! Praise God from whom all blessing flow!