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A surprising turn... 
Mar. 1, 2012 4:23 am 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2012 10:14 am
For those of you following the current episode of "Ellen's Breast Cancer Journey", here's what I learned after yesterdays MRI, mammogram, and ultrasound.

There is no sign of cancer in either breast.

The "large tumor" the surgeon felt during the physical exam turns out to be a large sac of fluid left over from last September's surgery. I'm told this is not uncommon, and that the plan is to drain it. 

The radiologist — who was good enough to let me see the images and describe what he saw — doesn't believe I have Inflammatory Breast Cancer but, since he's not a breast cancer specialist, he added that he can't entirely rule it out. Fair enough: I wouldn't want to be a radiologist who contradicts the surgeon either.

Tomorrow I'll get two more tests (bone density and PT scan), which will be looking for metastases. Assuming those are clear, I'm fully back among the living. When I have the final diagnosis, I'll write more about what I've learned about myself during the last five days... some of it surprising even to me.

I broke my "nutritionally dense only foods" and celebrated last night with pizza and wine. For Patricia, Mike, and the others who've kept me in their thoughts and prayers, I raised my glass to you all, with thanks for your ongoing support and good energy. You help keep my spirits up ;)

More soon.

Mar. 1, 2012 4:42 am
Oh Ellen - what great news! What a journey you have been on. Thanks for sharing it with us. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Mar. 1, 2012 5:28 am
Good morning Ellen! I want to share your joy! I'm so happy for you. Never underestimate the gifts we're given in life. Many are the greatest Blessings we could ever hope for! If you don't mind I'll add you to my prayer tree today. Celebrate and Love Fr. Bill+
Mar. 1, 2012 5:50 am
That is awesome Ellen, may your fortunes continue on the uptick! I can't imagine how hard this has to be.
Mar. 1, 2012 6:02 am
Wow, what a relief and a huge blessing! I am so happy for you!
Mar. 1, 2012 6:52 am
SO HAPPY for you Ellen! XO and a jump for joy from Las Vegas!
Mar. 1, 2012 6:53 am
Ellen, I am SO happy for you! I have been following your blogs for some time now and am so thankful for this new and unexpected turn of events. Yes, please do keep us posted, and hallelujah!!
Mar. 1, 2012 7:08 am
I just get such a thrill from good news! Hugs!
Mar. 1, 2012 7:10 am
News like this can't possibly be better! Congratulations! Above all, THANK YOU, GOD! Please, keep posting your approach to and philosophy of your wellness journey.
Mar. 1, 2012 8:04 am
Ellen, I am so very relieved and pleased for you. I'll bet that pizza tasted good eh? You're an amazing person with such incredible strength. God bless you both.
Mar. 1, 2012 8:17 am
God is Good~ Will continue to pray for you and yours
Mar. 1, 2012 9:03 am
Great news! Hang in there!
Mar. 1, 2012 10:34 am
That is just the best news for you. We are all really happy for you. :-)
Mar. 1, 2012 10:52 am
Great news! Praying the other tests come back clear! :)
Mar. 1, 2012 10:58 am
Wonderful news! Good luck on the rest of the tests.
Mar. 1, 2012 1:15 pm
Hooray! Hope the other tests will turn out great results too!
Mar. 1, 2012 1:29 pm
I am so happy for you! You are such a strong woman and an inspiration to all of us. God has a plan for you. Thank you for the update, and we are looking forward to more good news after the other tests.
Mar. 1, 2012 2:31 pm
That is such good news and it just made my day! Thank you for keeping us updated on the journey.
Mar. 1, 2012 6:30 pm
Amen to all of the above, and "HAL-LE-LU-JAH! HAL-LE-LU-JAH!...AGAIN, AND AGAIN!!
Mar. 2, 2012 5:05 pm
I'm so glad I happened upon your blog! What great news! Knowing your resolve, I wouldn't doubt that you just willed that darned cancer out of your body! Congratulations! Nice surprising turn indeed!
Mar. 3, 2012 6:17 am
Good Morning Ellen. How are you today? Hey, did you check those sites I sent you in your previous postings? They looked pretty good. Hope you have a great day.
Mar. 4, 2012 5:57 pm
Well Praise the Lord - Ain't God Good!! I will keep you in my prayers and keep praising Him who is the Great Physician!
Mar. 5, 2012 8:23 am
Such GREAT news!
Mar. 5, 2012 11:32 am
So, so happy for you. You deserve a grand celebration!
Mar. 5, 2012 1:27 pm
What wonderful news!! You must be floating on Cloud Nine. So very happy for you!!
lisa j 
Mar. 5, 2012 4:56 pm
Beat it Ethel. Lucy is here. Ellen, so glad to here. That's fantastic news. Runs in my family and I feel your pain. You go girl!!
Mar. 5, 2012 5:24 pm
What wonderful news!! Prayers continue. Keep us posted.
Mar. 5, 2012 6:16 pm
whew! What a relief... answered prayers.
Mar. 6, 2012 3:14 pm
Ellen, that is such wonderful news! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers that the good news keeps rolling in for you. Thank you God for all the answered prayers!
Mar. 8, 2012 10:14 am
Awesome news. I have not had the opportunity to follow your journey but am always thrilled to here about anybodys good news.
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Well, my mother (bless her) had 8 people to feed, so she made foods that were easy to prepare. My favorites were her baked ribs with barbecue sauce; english muffins topped with cheese, tomato, and bacon, and then broiled; and spaghetti noodles with tomato soup and cheddar cheese stirred in. I wouldn't make these dishes today, but they're full of fond memories.
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Adding orange juice to diced tomato sauce • Adding Cointreau to fresh fruit salads or a chocolate sauce • Adding tequila and bittersweet chocolate to chili • "poaching" salmon in orange juice, sprinkled with Old Bay and tarragon • adding cidar vinegar and soy sauce to vegetable soups • adding fresh mint to steamed red potatoes • knowing how to bail out a botched dish (example: over-steamed broccoli mashed with bleu or swiss cheese isn't nearly as bad as over-steamed broccoli on it's own).
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Over-steaming broccoli and most any other veggie... and a lasagna that was so loaded with oregano, no one could eat it.
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