Nov 23, 2011 - 7:49 pm
I am approaching the 5 year mark for my survival of primary liver cancer. The HCC was caused by Cirrhosis which was caused by Hep-c that I believe was contracted when I received the air gun vaccinations prior to deployment to Vietnam. I received a liver resection in January of 2007 for the removal of (2) 3.5 cm tumors. I am also fortunate as I am within 2 years of surviving the recurrence of tumors and having been treated with RFA. I go in on Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) for my blood work and the following Friday for my MRI. At this time of year I always look back to my first date of diagnosis (December 6, 2006) and realize just how fortunate I am because I was diagnosed early enough to survive this long. As is usual for me (and probably many of you, too) I am apprehensive about the testing and the results. I pray it has not returned yet again, but I secretly fear that it has. I am thankful for the time I have received since the 1st diagnosis and hope I will have more time still in my future. I live for today, every day. Tomorrow I will eat Turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy and dressing and cranberry sauce, corn and apple or pumpkin pie in the company of my loving, supportive wife, family and friends, but I will be thankful, for I am a survivor for now and hopefully for more time to come. I wish you all peace on this day of giving thanks and if my time is limited (isn't everyone's, really?) may you all have the hope and serenity that I feel inside and I pray for your continued survival, too. God Bless and be well.