Dec 17, 2010 - 4:31 pm
Holiday greetings to everyone who pops into this board. I'm here to tell you that having hope for a future, the support of friends and family, and some goals for yourself will go a long way toward reaching those goals.
It's been 4 1/2 years since I was "sort of" given a terminal sentence of 5-7 months with metastatic (Stage IV- T2N2M1) Clear Cell RCC. Surgery in 2006, and 2 recurrences with surgery in 2007 and 2008, have taught me a lot about having a good attitude and my desire to live.
This week has really brought home how important my desire to be with my family is. The previous three nights have been filled with a high school music concert for the 14 year old grandson, and primary and pre-school concerts for 6 and 4 year old granddaughters. The 11 year old grandson gets us in the spring and fall to watch baseball and soccer.
My daughter in law was pregnant at the time I was first diagnosed. The goal I made was to be at the baby's wedding some year in the future. Last week, we did a grandma/g-daughter shopping trip. She picked out a dress for her pre-school concert, hair ribbons, small stuffed animals for her and her sister, a frog for grandpa's birthday (yesterday) a family game and a pair of snazzy tennis shoes. Then we went to a subway shop for lunch. In between we talked.
And by the way, I saw my oncologist yesterday, too. I've had so many CT's in the past few years that we are going to do an abdominal untrasound w/chest x-ray in three months. If everything looks unchanged since the September CT, we'll switch to just 1 CT a year with ultra/xray in the intervening time.
Sooo, whatever you celebrate, enjoy your time together and look to the future. It does get better.