Feb 05, 2011 - 9:25 am
So, after all those weeks of radiation and chemo and then weeks of being “too hot” to scan (the only time in my life I have ever been “too hot”) we finally did the PET/CT scans to confirm what we already believed. The surgeon called me today to tell me that the scan came out fine and he sees no bright signs of cancer on the right or left sides. While he didn’t use the words, this is as close to NED as I need for now.
We are still going in next week for a very limited neck dissection to take out the scar tissue of the now-shrunken ex-cancerous lymph node and perhaps its neighbors but this makes it a very much more limited operation in scope and intent.
I should thank the members of this community for their support and for taking away much of the doubts of the past months. But most of the credit goes to my family and specifically, my wife, who carried me through the ordeal. Without her, I believe I would not have survived.
How are we celebrating? I am going to go warm up in my hockey equipment tonight and then tomorrow night will play a full practice. I am nowhere near ready for a game but I think this I can manage. And I am picking up a pizza on the way back tonight. My first. (Note: this was last night. The pizza tasted like cardboard and I am incredibly sore just from warming up. So what!)
May you all be in recovery. Doug