Follow my unexpected cancer journey...the good, the bad, and the ugly!
YOU'RE DONE....nope, just kidding
My PET scan was December 29th. You get a PET scan to make sure your tumor/Cancer was taken care of with the intense chemo...if not, the fluid they inject you with will light your body up anywhere there is movement or growth. I had mine done basically the last day in 2017 so I knew it would be a few days to get the results with the holidays etc. By January 4th I still hadn't heard from my doctor so I gave his nurse a call. Was no news good news?
The nurse called back about an hour later saying my Dr had just looked at the scan results this morning and he wanted me to come in the next day. To which I replied, "well I already have my appointment with him next week, can I not just wait and still come in then?"
Nurse: "No, he wants to see you first thing in the morning"
Lovely....that just sounds like great results are comin' my way!
The next morning I was at my oncologist. Long story short, the PET scan showed my tumor was still active, when it shouldn't of been with the crazy intense chemo regimen I did. Something about the SUVs (whatever those are) are supposed to be under 5....mine were 15. So I had 3 options, that weren't really options and all eventually led to radiation. So there I was with another caner treatment looming over me. I just THOUGHT I was done after chemo....ha, "just kidding" said life.
That very day I had to go directly across the street to meet with my new radiation oncologist, get fitted for my radiation form I had to lay in every time, and get the laser markings on my body that showed where to line me up each time and I had to keep these on the duration of radiation. Because if being bald isn't fun enough, lets just throw some permanent marker and stickers on you that have to stay there for 6 full weeks.
I unfortunately had to wait for a while to get insurance to approve radiation. The day it was finally approved, they literally got me in 2 hours later to do my first session. I have a total of 22 sessions, every day. If all goes as planned and the weather doesn't go crazy again, I should have my last session February 16th. I did however schedule all my sessions for after 4 so I can still get a job and work and just go after. Now more than ever I definitely need a job/income. Let the radiation fun begin and lets get this show on the road, I'm ready to REALLY be done this time.
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