Well folks, the verdict is in. Treatment is done and Barnes Hospital has handed me back off to my regular Oncologist. I had a CT scan and bloodwork Monday and my first appointment back with Dr. Sjak-Shie yesterday. The scan looks good, the bloodwork looks good (blood cell counts still a bit low, but that’s to be expected) so with as much certainty as we can have at this point, we’re saying I’m cancer free. From here I’ll continue to have my blood levels monitored every 3 months and CT scans every 6 months for the next 2 years. After that they’ll space it out more and more. After 5 years I won’t need any consistent work-ups.
So… here I go, back to normal life. Or, life as normal as it can be at this point. Things have gotten better since getting home from the hospital; food tastes good again, I don’t smell so much like chemicals anymore, the tingling in my feet and hands has gotten a bit better, my strength is coming back (at least enough to do most normal activities). No sign of baby eyebrows yet. Now I just need to figure out how I want to live my life in this period of unknown. I realize no one really knows how much time they have, yada yada, but it’s a much different thing to have a diagnosis that has a typical rate of survival and life expectancy attached to it.
I don’t know how much I’ll blog from here on out. This site has mostly been about my treatment for this cancer, and now that that will be fading into the background of my life I don’t know how much there will be to say. Certainly if anything noteworthy happens I’ll update here (if I can remember the password at that point), but otherwise… who knows. I had another blog before this one got set up that I rarely posted anything on, but it was more general thoughts about life, God, etc. If I have anything profound to say I’ll most likely post it there and then plug a link in over here in case anyone is interested in following.
Now I face the stack of Thank You cards that NEED to be written. I have gotten so much support from so many people. This might take me awhile…