The Red Shoes

Back in October of 2010, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Two months later I was stricken with acute kidney failure and on dialysis until January of this year.
Because the dialysis affected every aspect of my daily life, I rarely thought about the cancer. I mean, something's gonna kill me, who cares what?
It looks like my kidneys are stabilizing well and the success may continue. Well, heck - now I'm thinking about the cancer more - when will it come back? Where will it show up? How long will it take to die? It doesn't help that I have insomnia and a lot of empty hours in the night to let these train cars ramble through my head and then back again.
Last week I had a PET scan, which looks throughout the entire body for signs of tumors. My heart was pounding and palms sweaty and of course, it took forever for the oncologist to come into the exam room. I was listening on my Ipod to Geneen Roth, a well known author who writes about eating disorders. She lost a fortune in the Madoff ponzi scheme and now feels there's a relationship between the way we treat food and the way we treat money. Ask me if I care.
Dr. A. comes into the room, smiles, and says "all clear". "Now get out of here and have a good summer."
What did I do next? Why I walked across the street and bought myself a pair of new red shoes. Not 3" stiletto heels, but a more functional kind:

Kathy, what can I say? Congratulations on your new red shoes! I'm so happy for you that life is going well, finally. Have fun, go on a trip, do something really fun while wearing your new red shoes!

Kathy that is great!!!

I still have not started and I still feel pretty good so who knows. I just thank God that he has given me another day to go without having to be hooked up.

Put those shoes to good use girl!

Kathey COOL SHOES!!! U rock my lady!!!!!!!!

Adorable shoes! Maybe some red stiletto heels are in order, too:) I bought fire engine red cowboy boots. Always wanted a pair. I'm unstoppable in those kicking boots.

Thrilled to pieces for your glorious news. Celebrate!

Congratulations on a clear scan. I think those shoes are a deserved reward, that shows that you intend to enjoy the summer and spend a lot of time with yourself, your family and your friends. Life is so good.

Be well.

Brian Wittman

WOO!! blues skies from now on!

I love those red shoes !!! Not a thing to worry about now. All bases have been covered. Time to really enjoy the spring weather and take some walks in those new shoes.

Cathy, wonderful news. And I LOVE those red shoes!

Love the Red Shoes!