Thursday, April 1, 2010

Good News/Bad News

I had my follow up appointment with my oncologist yesterday and was told that, at the time I went into surgery, I was cancer free. The chemo/radiation had completely wiped it out. Surgery was still necessary, of course, so that the tissues could be examined by pathology. So, that is the good news. The bad news is that the doctor want's me to go through another round of chemo as a precautionary measure. I told myself at the beginning of this journey that I would do exactly as the experts recommend. It was a good decision and I'm going to stick with it. So, for two weeks, then a week off and then another two weeks, I'll be poisoning myself again. My previous regimen was for 5 weeks straight at a higher dosage, so I don't thing it's going to be too bad at all. The 5 week deal was a real booger. Plenty of pain and sickness, but some of it was the fault of the radiation. I beat cancer, so a little more discomfort is just another hiccup in my life. When I was diagnosed, nobody told me that I had the fun variety of cancer, only that if I had to get this disease, colorectal is one of the better ones to get. In all, it hasn't been as bad as I would have expected. Top notch medical personnel, lots of support from family and friends and the grace and mercy of God towards a, pretty, wretched sinner. I couldn't lose.

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