This afternoon I received the news that I had been hoping for. My PET scan showed that I am cancer free! It was a difficult journey for sure, but is already becoming nothing more than a bad memory that I hope to soon forget about. I can’t really describe how relieved I am at this point, but I’m sure that you can probably imagine. I think I was sort of shell-shocked in the doctor’s office, as I felt emotionless after he told me. However, I can assure you that I was not without emotion.
At this point the primary focus shifts to putting my body back together and fixing all the little ailments. Today we doubled my diuretic dose to try to get rid of the extra fluid that my body doesn’t seem to want to part with. I also am trying to get my blood thinned to a safe level since I developed another blood clot in my right arm. It isn’t thinning as fast as is preferred at this point, but it was decided to hold the course for a bit longer and see what happens. I’m already taking 15 mg of Coumadin and the doctor hasn’t had a patient take 20 mg for quite some time. Hopefully things will straighten out pretty quickly and we will get things dialed in.
I’m back in the gym and starting to try to get back in some semblance of shape. I have about 50 pounds of extra weight that I gained while getting treatment (an unknown amount which is water). I have started walking/running and lifting weights. My diet is a work in progress as I try to get back to the vegetarian lifestyle that I had started prior to getting diagnosed with cancer. My strength is improving every day and that is what is most important.
For now this is about all I have to report. I will periodically post an update as things progress for me. My next CT scan is scheduled for late in February. Until then it will be full steam ahead! Thank you once again to EVERY SINGLE PERSON who kept me in their prayers, sent me messages or cards, called, stopped to visit, or simply thought of me as I worked to kick cancer’s ass! I couldn’t have done it without you.