Cancer Journey/ HEALTH

Cancer Health Update-Scan is Negative!


I wrote a cancer health update post last Wednesday, letting you all know my Oncologist had found a lump on my neck & ordered a CT scan of my brain, neck and chest. The results came quickly thanks to a brand new scan location that has state of the art scanning and results within 24 hours.  I called my doctor on Friday and the nurse read the results:


I am so thankful. I am so relieved.  Honestly, I was bracing myself this time. I think it was because of how it took me off guard that my doctor felt something that I had no idea about.  Usually I am pretty in tune with my body & any lumps and bumps it might have.  I had no clue there was a swollen node in my neck.  We still don’t know why it is swollen, but at least we know there is no evidence of growing disease. I was also bracing myself for the worst because of the location of the node. The neck is not a place you want cancer to come back in, as it places you in an automatic stage iv.

It was a long 10 days of waiting for the scan and results, and is not a place I chose to be or put my family in, but God does not waste tears or fears.  He took mine and reminded me again that He holds it all.  I am thankful for the perspective that only the troubles in this life can bring.  Believe me, I’d rather not experience it, and of course it is easy to say that now that everything turned out ok, but there is something about being in the valley, knowing God is trustworthy & feeling the prayers of hundreds of people. It is beautiful.

I described it to a friend as “fearful peace.”  I was afraid, I got caught up in the “what-if’s” a few times–especially when thinking about my sweet Todd and my sweet girls having to face hardship with me if cancer was back–but even in the fear and what-if’s I had a peace that really made no sense to have. That is what God does.

I am rejoicing, but honestly I have been a bit reflective and contemplative since receiving my good news, which creates a bit of a serious mood.  I just know that there are so many others who are not getting good news. Being close to what could have been tragic, makes me feel so deeply for others who are in the midst of their own tragedy and suffering.  There is so much hardship happening all around.


I read my brain scan results, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude,  and then I beg God to mend another brain. His name is Paul– would you pray?  His bride and daughter are dear to me, & they stand and watch him suffer with a traumatic brain injury from a car accident.

His bride is so lovely, & has been amazing to watch.  Sorrowful yet with hope & joy. Courageous tears. Grieving while still walking forward.

She shared these verses on Facebook this morning & they touched me deeply. I pray they comfort anyone else who is going through struggles of their own.

Verses For The Darkness & Struggle

When you pass through he waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

I will bring the blind by a way they did not  know; I will lead them in paths they have not known I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

{Micah 7:8, Isaiah 43:2-3, Psalms 23:4, Psalms 56:3-4, Psalms 27:1}


Thank you for your prayers for my sweet friends.  Thank you for your prayers and comments of love to me. I was overwhelmed with so much love & kindness expressed towards me. Love to you all!


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  • Chris
    December 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Thank the Lord!

  • pmj
    December 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Oh happy, joyous news!

  • Amy T
    December 11, 2015 at 3:40 am

    I have to admit I was so scared for you that I was afraid to look. I feel bad for that but have lost a lot of people to cancer of late and other illness and didn’t want to know you were going on a downward turn. I’m so so glad to read your scan results and really elated that you can breathe now and enjoy the holidays. The holidays must feel a tad frivalous after all of this but yet so light and airy and fluffy.Don’t get bogged down by “shoulds” and just love your kids and come down off of the fear high in your own time. I’m guessing it’ll take a bit to let that news sink in. I finally had courage to read your story and am so freakin’ relieved you do not even know. Celebrating with you!!!

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      December 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      I’m just realizing the title of the post might be read wrong! Negative meaning not postive for cancer..but that is cancer patient language. I’m so glad you read it and that you are celebrating with me. Thanks for your sweet words of advice. <3

  • margaret
    December 8, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Wonderful news – may you continue to be blessed – Christmas will be specially good this year for you and yours…

  • Shannon Wallace
    December 8, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Amy, Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!!! I was praying for you. Sometimes awake at night and couldn’t sleep type of praying. I had a scare of my own (actually a couple now this year) finding lumps and bumps. None of mine are worrisome either. Amy, I am so thrilled to tears that you are cancer-free! Thank you Jesus!!! Thank you Jesus!!!!!!

  • Aggie
    December 8, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Praise God from Whom all blessings flow for your good report! May He continuously bless and streghthen you and your family.

  • Lisa
    December 7, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Wow! That is incredible news! I’m so very thrilled to read this! I am not going to lie, I shed a few tears for you when I read your health update, and that your doctor had ordered an MRI. Whew! What a relief it must be for you and your family!!! Enjoy every minute of this holiday season! You deserve it!
    Prayers for Paul going up!

  • Sue C
    December 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    This is great news. Merry Christmas!

  • Simone
    December 7, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Such good news!! So happy for you!!
    Still always reading but rarely commenting. Know you are thought of all the way down here in Australia though.

  • Gina
    December 7, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you, Jesus.

  • Darlene
    December 7, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Amy, I follow your blog and I just did a happy happy dance. Praise God.
    I will pray for your friend, Paul.
    I am so stranger to the big C. As a nurse, caring for patients, as a surivor myself, as a caretaker of my son who is a survivor, and caretaker of my parents who did not survive, and my husband who is not battling bladder cancer. Your blog has lifted and helped keep my head on straight some days, and I wish you and your family the most BLESSED Christmas…………..

    • Darlene
      December 7, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      oopsie-doodles, I meant………my husband who IS battling bladder cancer.

  • Helen
    December 7, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I don’t know how or when I started following your blog and posts, but you can be reassured you have prayer warriors you may never know. I am so grateful that the scan was negative. You have a purpose and God has a plan. I love hearing about your friendships and those who rally both with and for you. God doesn’t intend for us to be alone…and He is ever faithful. Enjoy your holidays with much rejoicing. Blessings to you and your family.

  • Jane
    December 7, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Amy, I have been reading your blog for a long time and have never commented before now. This scare of yours really hit home with me as I was called back after a mammogram for an ultrasound of some “questionable areas in both breasts” at the same time you were having your scans. I am so relieved that all was clear for you. Mine was also declared clear. It is so easy to go to that place of the “what ifs” that you spoke of. I have a close friend who helps pull me out and reminds me to turn to God. Prayers of thanksgiving going up right now!

  • Melissa
    December 7, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    YAY! So happy for negative results!! Merry Christmas 🙂

  • Rosie
    December 7, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    So happy and thankful to hear this news. I know many are praying for you.

  • Payal
    December 7, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Such wonderful news! Also praying for your friends.

    December 7, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    WONDERFUL NEWS!!! I am so happy for you, I had lit a candle and said prayers that you would receive good news and not worry about your health so you and your family can enjoy a Beautiful Christmas. It is awesome that your results are negative and prayers were answered. I believe the power of prayer is so strong and the more messages sent to heaven on your behalf the quicker the prayers are answered. Now we need to fill that mail box to heaven full of prayers for your friend Paul and to comfort his family. I am very happy for you Amy. May you continue to heal and stay healthy. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Christina Sellers

  • Dee Tracy
    December 7, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I’m so thankful and praising God today for your wonderful news!

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