I met with my Oncologist today for a quick check-up. He moved my bone strengthening infusion to every 3 months instead of every 6 weeks and I will be having a PET scan on October 4th (about a year from my last one).
So far, no pain with this new pill, but I am having some fatigue. I thought I was just tired from summer, but when I rest, or even when I get up in the morning, I’m still tired and feeling a little week. The Dr. ordered a blood test to check my iron level and thyroid and they came back normal. So we are going to see how the fatigue plays out in the next month or so. (more…)
Before I get into the Dr. appointment I had with the Oncologist today, let me say a little bit more about Friday night and the PET Scan results.
I had asked the Dr. before if he would give me the PET Scan results over the phone, but he said he prefers to do that in person. On Friday, I sent Tom a text saying I was nervous about the results and wish we didn’t have to wait through the weekend. He suggested I just call and ask again. It was 4:30 pm, but I called and left a message, telling myself I wouldn’t read anything into it if he didn’t call (which I expected he wouldn’t based on our last conversation.)
Then, Friday evening, as I was sitting and watching our oldest in her dance class, my phone rang. It was a number from Renton. I knew it was him. He asked if it was a good time to talk and I said yes. He said he had some good news to start off my weekend. Woohoo!! He said the scan was totally clear. On the last scan (after chemo but before surgery and radiation) there was still a light haze over where the cancer had been. This scan, there was no haze and he said if I hadn’t had surgery, you would never have known I had cancer from looking at the scan.
My PET scan is done and was uneventful. 🙂
Here was my view as I was being injected with the radioactive isotope that will light up on the scan if there are any clusters of cancer cells. (more…)
Tom and I met with the oncologist today. I have been really anxious about this appointment – not sure why since it was just a checkup. I’m glad it’s over. 🙂
So looking into the future…
The pill I thought I was going to take for 10 years, I will be taking the rest of my life because the cancer has already spread once. He said we could talk about it again in 10 years, but wasn’t in favor of stopping it.
How lucky am I?
2 celebrations this weekend. My birthday is Saturday the 3rd and my 1 year Cancerversary is Sunday the 4th. (Another new word for you…cancerversary. You’re welcome.)
It’s really more like 1 celebration and 1 date that brings memories flooding to my mind.
Like most families, we have some back to school traditions and with each one this year, came the thought, “I had no idea this time last year that I would be fighting cancer the ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR AND SUMMER!.”