Aug 11, 2013 - 1:56 pm
Hey folks! Just wanted to stop in for a quick hello and update. I'm still around, responding to posts here and there even if life is hectic right now.
When I saw the new ENT here in LA in late April, he ran a follow-up PET scan. At that point it was about a year after diagnosis (HPV+ SCC Stg. IV) and about 9 months after the end of treatments. Everything looked good except a hot spot at the roof of the nasopharynx. He checked again with the scope and didn't see anything, and recommended I return in three months for a follow-up.
He examined me again last week. The spot that showed hot on the PET still looks the same: no visible tumor or growth, slightly swollen, symmetrical. He said it would be a very ususual place for metastasis or even recurrance, especially since it is unchanged and symmetrical, and put the odds of it being cancer at almost zero percent. Apparenty the adenoids are right above that spot and he thinks it might be swollen adenoids. He asked me to return in another three months, at which point we would do an exam and another PET scan. He said everything else looks good--no evidence of disease.
It's made me think a lot about living with uncertainty. We're always in that state, even if we don't realize it--anything could happen to anyone, any time. Cancer just makes us aware of the uncertainty. I'm dealing with it by going back to meditation, and by making sure I stay on top of supplements. I'm also doing the Whole Life Challenge (eating paleo or low carb, exercising) in early September.
I'm traveling back to Missouri to be with my mom when she gets her port on Wednesday and then starts chemo on Thursday. I hope this finds everyone else in a state of peace and optimism. Remember, every day is a gift!