Apr 26, 2010 - 6:05 pm
I spent the weekend at my best friend's home on the Suwanee River. It was wonderful medicine. Needed some time to absorb the latest developements and also took advantage of lots of distracting activity, so it was a good balance.
I had a PET scan Thursday. Funny thing prior to it, I had a complete meltdown and was very seriously considering walking out and just not doing it. I asked to speak to the RAD/Onc to have her explain how the visit on Wed. went from the Med/Onc. reviewing the CAT scan and saying we will see you in three months for a PET, to my visit with her resulting in being in the the waiting area preparing for one the next day. She was not available, but her nurse came out and talked with me. She was successful in calming me down and convincing me that getting the PET was a good idea, even if I decided to do nothing right away about the lung issue. She said to come to the GI clinic after the PET and she would make certain that the RAD/Onc, Dr. Hoffe, went over the test results with me. I got the PET, made my way to the GI clinic and did indeed spend 30 unscheduled minutes with Dr. Hoffe. She was very concerned about my mental state and could not have been more attentive. The PET scan showed an increase in size in the area of thickening in the pleura (the membrane that emcompases the lung)of my left lung. There is apparently also a lymph node under my sternum that is showing a little activity, so now we need to know what is going on there as well. I met with Dr. Robinson, Thoracic surgeon, Friday for a consult regarding the VATS procedure. It is scheduled for May 11. It will require a 2-3 day hospital stay. He and Dr. Hoffe both seem to be of the opinion that for an otherwise healthy 54 year old to have this appear, it is in all probability anal cancer. Well I am certainly hoping they are WRONG! However, I realize the procedure is necessary and will prepare mentally to proceed.
I want all of you to know how very much I appreciate the support of this forum. I find myself hesitant to post information that may be less positive in nature. I discussed this with my best friend, Teresa, this weekend and she brought to my attention that in doing so I am denying the others on this forum the opportunity to give back. She reminded me that being here for each other is what this forum is all about. For that I am thankful.
Blessings to all,