Well, bummer. I made it to 6 years in remission. Not bad for a diagnosis of cancer, stage T 2-3. That means it is in the lymph system already. You just pray that the chemo can get it 'all.'
I have had a fabulous year of retirement. Almost a year; I made it 9 months. I made it to where I wanted to retire, in Sequim. Jet made it with me. He loved it here as much as I love it here. That meant a lot to me that Jet got here with me.
I have been kind of feeling a little off kilter. I developed what I thought (and, still think) is a ventral hernia from heavy lifting here. They did a CT (cat scan) of my abdomen with oral and IV contrast a couple of weeks ago. They aren't sure about the walnut size lump in my gut. I still think it is a hernia or it may be a possible lipoma. Unfortunately, the CT of the abdomen showed nodules in both lungs :0( Small, but very suspicious for metastasis.
Next step....Pet Scan. Let's see what lights up and where. If my right lung is "hot" they will do a lung biopsy. I have a great support system of family and friends. Still, it's time for me to get my ducks in a row, so to speak.
Of course, my insurance won't do a PET scan even though the most Up To Date information warrants it. My Doc made a peer to peer call. No dice. So, off I go for a CT of the chest now. This will happen this Monday. Just IV contrast. At least I don't have to drink the contrast along with having IV contrast this time. Though, when I did the CT of the abdomen I sat in the parking lot drinking the contrast for 2 hours. It wasn't bad at all. I over looked Port Townsend with a beautiful water view :) I kept thinking...this sure beats sitting in a hospital parking lot looking at traffic. I had a magnificent view of the clouds and the strait of Juan de Fuca. It's those little things that make you count your blessings.
I already talked with Maggi McClure to take Champ in for a few months training. Yoko is my girlfriend. I have to have someone by my side. Plus, she is soft and cuddly and gives the best hugs ever. Everything is riding on the CT of the chest at the moment.
I may blog from time to time. That's about it. No Facebooking, at least, not about my health. Basically, ENJOY and live each day to the fullest. I am!
Give me a slug of that Yoko! (Sorry, my sense of humor)