Mar 10, 2005 - 8:26 pm
Hi All~ Went to two drs appt last week. The plastic surgeon cut me loose. RE: my vaginal reconstruction "They don't look much better than that!" I'll have to take his word for it. I nearly fell off the table laughing when he then said he wanted to get a picture of it. I sure hope it isn't for his wall or an album where future patients pick out their new look (you know like how they do with breast and nose jobs). Too funny. It was so they could have a base in case anything changes over the years. Thank goodness it wasn't for an album or wall portrait.
I then went to my radiologist and he gave me very good news. At least it sounds like very good news but I want to know why I am not jumping up and down.
He said he basically considers me cured at this point. There is NED and we have taken such an aggressive approach to the cancer that at this point he is labeling me cured. Of course I will still be going through the standard monitoring of every three months etc.
I asked what date does the medical profession use as the "anniversary" date of "cure". Specifically when should I be celebrating 1 year,2 years, 5 years cancer free etc? He said they use the date of the first treatment. Since my first course of treatment was radiation it would be the first day of radiation.
Does that sound right to everyone?? I assumed it would've been after surgery where they got clean margins and considered me NED or at my first clear cat scan.
Anyway... oddly, I wasn't jumping up and down at the news he departed. I think I have been through so much that I don't trust that it will all be easier from hear on out. It has been one helluva year and I can't believe it is pretty much over (as much as cancer can be over).
So... let me know when I can celebrate.