Aug 08 2013

I thought everyone could use a little good news for a change

My labwork is finally starting to work after months of troubleshooting and more months of planning! This is the first positive feedback I’ve had in grad school since I passed my general exam a year ago!

I’ve had my first straight week where I’ve felt “okay” instead of the crippling hopelessness, worthlessness, anhedonia and despair of severe depression!

I’m home with my family to celebrate my mom’s birthday and also get to hang out with my best friend that I’ve known since first grade!

But most of all…

My mom’s cancer marker levels are officially in the normal range and she only has three more chemotherapy sessions left!



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  1. 1

    I am ever so happy that you are happy and things are starting to work out for you :-). Kudos.

  2. 2

    It’s been great to have you back and blogging, and thank you for sharing your good news.

  3. 3

    Thank you for sharing! I really needed to hear some good news. Well done, Jen!

  4. 4

    Great news for you and your mom!

  5. 5

    Glad to hear how your mom’s doing. Wishing her a quick and full recovery. Sorry you feel bad sometimes like you described. Good luck on the lab work.

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    Rokdun Johnson

    That’s really nice to hear! Our thoughts goes to you and your family, as always.

  7. 7

    And may those markers stay down for a long long time.

  8. 8

    Yeah, seriously, ditto Charly@1!

  9. 9

    *** does the happy dance ****

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    Xanthë, Amy of my threads

    That’s really great news, Jen, I hope this bodes well for her recovery.

  11. 11

    Great to hear the good news. Your voice was missed around here.

  12. 12

    Very good news.

  13. 13
    Gen, Uppity Ingrate and Ilk

    That’s awesome :)

  14. 14
    Rutee Katreya

    Yayifications! \o/

    Good news is always nice~

  15. 15

    I’m so happy for you!

  16. 16

    That’s great. I bet this is going to be her best birthday party ever, for all of you.

  17. 17

    Hurray! That’s great! :)

  18. 18
    Nick Gotts

    Hope things continue on their upward path for you!

  19. 19
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    That’s amazing news!

  20. 20

    Nice to read a positive post. Excellent news about your Mom and your depression. My depression has been kicking my ass these last two weeks. Still TGIF, eh?

  21. 21
    Andy Groves

    Big virtual hug to you! One of my grad students had the same experience with his project yesterday… he can finally see it coming together and taking off. It’s a beautiful thing to see. And fabulous news about your mom too. Happy Friday…….

  22. 22

    That’s fantastic!

  23. 23
    Gregory in Seattle

    Good news is always good :)

  24. 24

    Good! You deserve good things to happen to you!

  25. 25
    Garrett Smith

    Adding my voice to the chorus — good to hear things are going well!

  26. 26

    Good to hear!

  27. 27
    Maureen Brian

    Well done your mom! Well done the medics! And well done you for being back here blogging!

  28. 28

    Like Numfar, I will now do the Dance of Joy.

  29. 29
    Dan J

    That’s awesome! Your mom gets a big thumbs up from this cancer survivor. :D

  30. 30

    Jen, my cat and I shall celebrate for your mother tonight. Congratulations, and I sincerely hope the shitty year you’ve had takes a turn for the better.

  31. 31

    The news about your mom is wonderful. mine went through a bout with cancer (ovarian) over 30 years ago and we still have her with us, I wish you the same degree of good fortune. I’m glad the lab work is coming together. Most of all let me congratulate you on a week without the black cloud trying to consume you. I know how good that feels, although to be honest it has been months since I had an entire week, and every time that I hear someone who suffers from depression say that they have won even the smallest battle it gives me hope. Keep with it, give your mom my best wishes and know that you and your blog are an inspiration to many of us.

  32. 32

    Congrats, sweet, and frakin’ awesome, in that order. =)

  33. 33

    Delurking to say hooray!

  34. 34

    That’s great news!
    Congratulations to you and your family.

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  36. 36

    So glad that your return to blogging so quickly includes this marvelous news. Congrats to you and yours.

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    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    Oh, superw00ts all around. Glad things are looking up in various ways. :)

  38. 38

    That is great to hear Jen.

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    I look forward to the day when your Mom, like me, is declared a “cancer survivor.” I’ll be standing with many, many other folks under the “Welcome Back” banner. I know you and she are doing all you can do, and then some.

    And I’m so glad your lab work is at last going better! May this be the last glitch you’ll ever have to experience on (y)our way to having Dr. Jen on FtB.

    Finally, selfish as it sounds, personal thanks for your return to blogging.


  40. 40

    I’m so happy for you for all the good things!

  41. 41

    Awesome news Jen! I’m so glad to hear that. :D

  42. 42

    I’m glad you worked out the kinks in your lab work, and I’m also glad your mom is maybe not so bad :-)

  43. 43
    Ani J. Sharmin

    Yay! So happy for you and your family that you have such good news. *Hugs*

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    Steve Caldwell

    I’m happy to hear your good news and it’s good to see your return to blaghag.

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