Mar 18, 2013 - 1:29 am
I almost titled this Celebrating One Year NED but stopped myself since I have had two "scares" in the last year where something appeared on a scan that they at first thought was cancer (and the last one is not 100 percent resolved as it may be a new met or it may be new scar tissue formation from my liver resection, depending on which radiologist is reading it).
Still, it seems with the arrival of spring, the first spring in four years that I have not been --1. getting diagnosed with colon cancer 2. trying to recover from a very rough colon resection experience 3. being diagnosed with a recurrence due to mets in liver and having a liver resection 4. getting through months of chemo -- some sort of milestone and celebration should be marked in my life.
Spring begins and for once I feel good and I am not in active treatment.
As we all know, moments like this can pass all too quickly, so we should honor them and celebrate them and express our gratitude for the life we still have.
Thank you to all of you who have inspired me and cheered me and educated me with your words and posting of research and cancer news and your personal stories the past three years since I joined the board. I am very grateful for your support and think of you all even when I am not reading and posting since like others I often have to take a break, and always worry when signing back on after my break for fear that we have lost another friend.
Not only have I not experienced a spring NED the last four years but I have not experienced a summer NED. My next scans are in May, and it won't be until then that this "Thing" that is maybe scar tissue and maybe a new met, may reveal itself for what it truly is, but until then I am free to claim my spring and enjoy it and not have to spend every single week going to medical appointments.
Again, thanks all for your support throughout my journey.