Nov 07, 2012 - 1:30 pm
I had had a PET scan 2 weeks ago that seemed to show that I had failed the frontline treatment of CHOP-R for my DLBCL because it showed much increased cell activity. So I was scheduled for a biopsy a few days later.
Just on Monday I got the biopsy results. And all it showed was necrotic B cell tissue and highly active T cells (my good immune cells), which was the activity showing up on the PET scan. There was no conclusive evidence of live cancer cells! I'm still feeling perfectly well, which is more evidence to back up the results. My doctor was expecting that my symptoms had returned by now because he was sure the PET scan was indicating cancer. And I'm still feeling the best I felt in years, which, he told me, is the best indicator of what the cancer is doing or not doing.
Never saw a doctor so puzzled in my life!! He couldn't figure out how this could possibly be! He was fully planning on sticking me in the hospital and starting a stem cell transplant until he saw the results (I didn't tell him that had he tried that, I probably would have let him know that I have different thoughts about a SCT!) He's having a hard time making sense out of it.
I'm not. I know that many, many family and friends and even strangers were praying for me. To us, this is a clear answer to prayer. I am grateful for every new day, a precious gift from the Giver of Life.
Of course, I'm not out of the woods yet. Technically, I've still not been proven in remission. And we all know that cancer can throw us curveballs. I will be getting another PET scan after 3 months, of course. So I will continue to take it one step at a time and rejoice for what I have been given.
But next thing on my list is to celebrate by going to the beach with my friends!! I love the ocean! Yes, I know, the beach in November. But we are bound and determined to celebrate this. :)