Mar 06, 2014 - 4:30 pm
The good news is that I'm still here and it's been nealy 8 years since the first Dx. But if you've been around after a Dx of Stage IV RCC, you know there are lots of tests done to reach this point.
In mid-January, I had a regular (3 and/or) 6 month CT; but an 8x12mm polyp was found in my stomach. This led to my PC scheduling a gastroscopy, and "Oh, while you're under anesthesia, I'll do a colonoscopy, since it's been 5 years." I was handed his doodled diagram as soon as I awakened and some printed photos that looked like overhead shots of pink donuts. He removed the stomach polyp, found 3 and removed them,in various parts of the colon, and made notations about GERD and Esophagitis.
Yesterday, the letter arrived, and all polyps were benign, and the stomach hyperplastic (benigh) one negative for H. pylori.
I had suspected there might be GERD (for newbies-Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), so I started taking Omeprazole even before having a follow-up appointment next week.
For now, I can push my needs to the back burner and get on with helping deal with my husband's mother. She had been Dx'd with pancreatic cancer of the body of the organ early last fall. She fell the first week of Feb., and it turned out it was an acute compression fracture of the sacrum caused by cancer mets. If you want to hear some freaky hallucination stories, give an almost 98 year old woman in pain some Vicodin. After a week in the hospital, she's in a skilled nursing facility, and hopefully will be back in her assisted living apartment in a few weeks.
And that phrase, "What doesn't kill us, makes is stronger." Suuuuure! I'll be 71 in two weeks, and I still have a lot I want to do.