Oct 11, 2013 - 10:10 pm
Went to the oncologist to get the results of my blood tests and CT scan. I'm pleased to report that my scan was clear and the blood tests were all good. The only problem with the blood results is that my white/red count are still below normal. She told me that they probably will never go back to the normal range and should just be careful with people with contagious illness.
The one thing that I told her was that I was disappointed she didn't lower the oxiplatin a bit so that I wouldn't have permanent neuropathy. But she told me that most patients want everything done while fighting cancer and will tolerate more at the time and she felt it best to leave it at that level. I can understand that, but now I'll be on medication for life because of it, but in the long run it was worth it because I'm still cancer free.
Other exciting news is that she told me I no longer need any scans and won't need to come back to her. I said I was glad to meet her, but hope to never see her again – she understood the humor (but I was serious). I'll just be going to my regular doctor for all my yearly blood work. I just can't express how relieved I was to hear that. Of course, I'll be going for a colonoscopy every two years probably for the rest of my life, but it's a small procedure to do to keep me free from cancer.
Today I got rid of all past things of my cancer medication including chemo pills, nauseu pills, neupogen (white cell booster), numbing medication for my sore behind (which still happens) and my file folder which held all my information for 5 years. I quit smoking 5 ½ years ago right before being diagnosed and had a pack left just in case one time my news was not favorable just so I could smoke it (actually I never planned on smoking again, and I'm sure that pack was so stale I'd keel over from coughing) and I ripped the package in half and now vow never to smoke again (although I'd love to).
It's been 5 years later and I've been through 5 surgeries and many tests and I'm just relieved to be moving on with life.
Thank you all for your prayers and support throughout my journey. You are all in my prayers daily. You all hold a special place in my heart for your thoughtfulness through the years.
I'm not leaving the boards as I feel that this is an important part of me. After I was diagnosed I've always felt that if I was able to help one person, then I'm doing part of God's work and I'll be here to help when I'm able and encourage others always. I'm also able to help with ostomy questions as well since I've been that route also so I'm here to help whenever possible.