It's been a hurry up and wait past couple of weeks. Had my yearly CT and they saw nodes in the thyroid gland the Dr. wanted checked more. Had an ultrasound of the thyroid, and yes the gland is enlarged and there are solid and semi-solid nodes.
Next is a nuclear scan of the thyroid; but since I had contrast dye during the CT, it can't be scheduled until 2 months after the CT. It's on my calendar for the third week of November and I will see the doc right before Thanksgiving. From what I read, further testing would lead to a fine needle aspiration biopsy. Then, who knows?
To refresh those new to the site, I had clear cell RCC Stage IV in mid 2006, with oepn surgery for removal of R. kidney, L. lobe of liver, set of cancerous nodes and a congenitally defective (but non-cancerous) gall bladder. Although all the surgeons felt they removed everything they could find, there were still cells developing. So I had a single node removed in 2007, and another in 2008, both testing positive for clear cell.
My mental attitude was down for a few days-the grief process at work-but I've seemed to get back up and am ready to carry on. Last night we had dinner at a Oriental restaurant with son, family and his in-laws. My fortune cookie read something like,"On your next test, you will have good results."
And one of the guys in the Cancer Support Group has a saying..."Don't go to the light."
So I went to a local high school and have committed time and money to working with the Student Clothes Closet. Did you know that some of our students don't have clothes to wear to school, let alone something new to wear. I hit Walmart's end of season racks and was able to get bags of tanks, T-s, etc. for $1.50 each. Once I pass the volunteer screening process, I'll be able to help a student as a "personal shopper" in the Clothes Closet. Then ther's work and for the next two weeks, I have Jury Duty.
There is a lot to keep me busy, and I don't plan on going to the light for a long time.
Regards to all and keep up your spirits as you deal with this cruddy disease.