Well the last 6 weeks have flown by ... at times. And then at others, moved at a snail's pace. But the wait has been worth it. My first post radiation check up appointment was February 15th with my Radiologist in KC. Other than a small area of my incision that is taking its sweet time healing, Dr. Coster settled my nerves by saying he was pleased with my tolerance of the radiation. When I asked when I can say I am cured of cancer, he said that unfortunately he will not say I am 100% cured. Statistically he rates my case as 90+% of it not returning. I can live with that and live is the operative word!
We then had my 1st post surgery appointment with my surgeon, Dr. Larson at another KU campus. She has a warm, positive way about her that always puts me at ease. She was encouraged with my outcome as well. So I feel as though the day was a complete success and indeed a day to start to celebrate!
The KU doctors have not turned me loose yet. I will meet with all three of my cancer doctors (2 oncologists and a surgeon) for years. For right now I will meet with them every 6 months to monitor that no cancer returns. I have every confidence that if it does rear it's ugly head I will beat it with the wonderful team (and God) who I have on my side!
We have learned so much along this journey--more than we every wanted to know about cancer! But we have also learned valuable lessons:
1) Enjoy and relish each day, each moment.
2) Travel when you can.
3) ALWAYS be thankful. And we are most thankful for each and every one of you.
I know I sound like a broken record but Ladies, please be mindful of getting a 3D mammogram each and every year. PLEASE don't put off getting any mammogram, even for a year.
3 John 1:2-- "Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul."
Hugs and love to all of you.