Hip, Hip, Hooray!

Thanks to the 3 weeks of radiation therapy and the steadily increasing pain medication, I have felt NO PAIN SINCE MONDAY.


Not. a. bit.

Well, maybe a little bit, but nothing more than anyone would feel after sitting at her desk working for several hours each evening!  That’s right, I’m able to work again, to do some analysis, and to write more than just this blog post each day.  With my doctor’s support, I’ve increased my meds to a much higher level, and as the pain subsides, I’m easing back into life.  Into playing outdoors with the kids.  Into working with the Women in Planetary Science working group to identify issues for the Women and Mars conference next week (I’m speaking! Check out the agenda here and sign up for the livestream if you’d like to watch any part of the conference from home!), doing supporting analysis, and making slides.  Into a taste of my old life, for the few days before chemo starts again, as long as I take it a few hours at a time.

It feels good.


72 Responses to Hip, Hip, Hooray!

  1. Brandie says:

    I’m SO happy to hear this news! =)

  2. jodifur says:


  3. jesterqueen1 says:

    Hot damn that’s good news!

  4. Yay! Yay! Double yay! A gazillion yays! (I love using made-up numbers with a scientist.)

    Glad you are feeling better, and wishing you as many good days as possible.

  5. Wonderful news Susan, I’m so pleased for you! May the good days far outnumber the bad ones.


  6. Monkey's Mama says:

    GREAT NEWS!!! This is awesome, everything I’ve been praying for. Now prayer for the lesions on your back and neck, and the wonderful work of your doctors. Thank you, Lord, for easing-ELIMINATING-that awful pain in your hips. I will continue to pray, to visualize you pain free and smiling, and spending time doing the important work with your family and for science. Thank you for sharing, for raising my awareness about “women in science” so that we can provide opportunities for our daughters to excell in science just as you have. Such good news today! Thank you!

  7. Linda Lawrence says:

    Wonderful! Fabulous! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. Amy S. says:

    So glad to hear!

  9. Dorothy Doyle says:

    Oh, how wonderful!!! May God (and medicine) continue to ease your pain. I’m so glad that the lovely weather has been enabling you to revel in outdoor time with your boys. HOORAY!!!

  10. magpiemusing says:

    Hip, Hip, Indeed! Good to hear.

  11. Yay – so happy for you, wishing you more days of no pain {{{HUGS}}}

  12. FishyGirl says:

    Wooo Hoooooo! I am so dang happy for you right now. This is awesome!

  13. Wonderful to hear. Enjoy your outdoor playtime : ) The leaves are beautiful.

  14. Katie says:

    I am so glad to hear that you are feeling so much better. I saw your name on the Women and Mars agenda and worried if you would e up to it. Also I happy to hear they are streaming the conference since I can’t get out there.

  15. {sue} says:

    Thrilled down to my toes for you!

  16. Such a wonderful post to read!

  17. Louise says:

    That’s such good news.

  18. Wordgirl says:

    That is such incredibly awesome news! Hooray!


  19. I love that YOU are managing this with your docs. And so grateful you have these pain-free days!!!! Play on my friend, play on!


  20. heather says:

    That is beyond amazing! I can’t wait to hear about the conference. I’m taking my girl to meet her first woman astronaut tomorrow–she is thrilled! 🙂

  21. Sue Farrell says:


  22. Karen says:

    What wonderful news! Hooray!

  23. Stimey says:

    This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time. AWESOME!!

  24. Ruthie from California says:

    Yipee! That is terrific news!

  25. Kami says:

    Answered prayers. YES!

  26. Susan says:

    Hip Hurray!!!!

  27. We are here. I am rejoicing.

  28. I am beaming at my computer. This is wonderful news indeed! So very happy for you (and your family, who must be relieved to have you “back”). Lots of love!

  29. carol says:

    hurray!!! yay!

  30. I’m so glad to hear you’ve gotten some relief! Btw, it occurs to me that one advantage of cyber space is that we can send you HUGE hugs virtually without fear of causing you pain.


  31. Patti says:

    Congratulations! I am so thrilled for you! Cannot imagine how much the days have improved without the ugly pain.

  32. *m* says:

    Thrilled! Yay!

  33. nancyspoint says:

    Hearing this news makes my day!

  34. Cassandra says:

    Fabulous news! I am so glad you are getting some relief and that you are able to spend more time doing the things that you love!!

  35. Bon says:

    smiling, Susan. glad for all the work you’re doing, the playing outdoors, the speaking. what time are you speaking next week? i’d love to see the livestream. 🙂

  36. Tina says:

    Susan-I am so happy for you! Wishing you as many pain free days as possible!!

  37. FAB-U-LOUS!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  38. Deb says:

    I’m so glad the radiation helped and that your pain meds have been adjusted to deal with your pain.

  39. savvy sister says:

    You deserve some relief!

  40. Katie says:




  41. NYFriend says:


  42. I will pray for you always, to see you smiling and pain free, and spend time on the important work with your family and science.

  43. So thankful and happy for you Susan!

  44. Lisa says:

    That is such awesome news, Susan. I am amazed at what you do on a daily basis & to be able to add some of the things you love is wonderful. Keep hanging tough!

  45. lisa says:

    So happy to hear.

  46. Linda says:

    Two thumbs way, way up! It is so great to read that you are able to have time, pain free, to savor your kids and your work — and I’m sure they’re as happy for that as you are! Enjoy!! Hope you enjoy your conference!

  47. The BEST sort of news to get on a Monday morning. Hip hip hooray!!!

  48. Vickie says:


  49. kel says:

    Hi Susan- and other MBC gals,
    I am new to this world of MBC. Last month I was diagnosed with a recurrance, a spot on the sternum and two on the back. I am looking for some personal experiences with the feeling of bone pain.
    The pain seems to feel more intense. When do I worry and when do I think it is just because I am using the heat pad so much?

  50. Lena says:

    Ah, I loved reading this. Enjoy this much needed relief, my bloggy friend.

  51. elesha says:

    Great news!!!!! Praying this continues so you can have a wonderful christmas with your boys

  52. AnneMarie says:

    OH YES! I was so damn upset the other day reading about the level of your pain. THIS makes me so happy, Susan. SO happy!


  53. Very glad to hear!

  54. Laura BOLYARD says:

    Hi Susan, I am so glad to hear your news! I know what those painless or maybe not painless but tolerable days mean! I hope you continue to have those wonderful days, and enjoy them to the fullest. If I don’t catch up with you soon, Happy Thanksgiving. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers – God Bless – Laura (LC)

  55. Nadia says:

    Great news- Hip, Hip, Hooray!

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  57. Yayyyyy! I am so glad to read this…a great way to start my day thinking of you enjoying yours pain-free! 🙂

  58. Kelly Kruger says:

    Onward! I am thanking God and your doctors for carrying you through the painful times. Glad that you are back both physically, and mentally, and able to experience days that are filled with joy, instead of pain. I am so happy for you Susan.

  59. Allison says:

    Fantastic news!!! So happy to see this. Take care of yourself.

  60. What wonderful news Susan!

  61. feistybluegecko says:

    Such very welcome new, and I am wishing for it to continue.
    Warm hugs

  62. planetnomad says:

    YAAY!!! 🙂 Best news I’ve had all day. Long may it continue to be true…:)

  63. meredith says:

    I’m so glad!

  64. Tammie says:

    Thinking of you and hoping things are still working for you and that you are busy enjoying your family this weekend.

  65. Rachel Wickman says:

    Susan, I’m SO glad to read this!! Yay!! I know how daunting it’s been for you, and am glad to see you’re back to “normal” (whatever THAT is! Lol)

  66. I am so happy for you! This is wonderful news! Beautiful! Prayers for you and your family!

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