Aug 16, 2012 - 2:43 pm
First off, I would like to welcome all the newbies who have joined this group recently. If I have missed someone, I apologize. I hope your journies will be as smooth as possible and that you find the support you need.
I had my 6-month follow-up scan on August 13th. and saw my medical oncologist yesterday to discuss the findings. Everything looks good--no evidence of recurrence or metastatic disease! The same little blips in my liver and lungs that have been seen on the last few scans are stable and unchanged, so that's all good news. My oncologist refers to them as "freckles" and is not concerned. However, he wants me scanned again in 6 months and I already have the date set and the contrast chilling! I really hate getting all this radiation and wish he would let me go a year between scans, which he will do once I hit the 5-year mark in September 2013--only one more year to go! I asked him how long he will keep following me and he said "for awhile." As much as I'd like to have no more scans, no more doctors appointments and no more lab work, I appreciate the fact that he is monitoring me so closely.
I will be a 4-year post-treatment survivor on September 9th. I hope this is seen as an encouraging example to all of you--it is possible to beat this disease! Of course, I don't have a crystal ball, but I am just appreciating life one day at a time and hoping that I will remain NED. Thank you to everyone who has given me so much support--I truly appreciate it!