February 22, 2016 – We finally had the CT scan to find out if the ablation (see Burn, Baby Burn
) procedures did the trick. According to the scan report – they did! Specifically, the surgeon’s report states “Satisfactory appearance at the right upper lobe microwave ablation site” and “Satisfactory appearance at the left upper lobe microwave ablation site.” Apparently, both sites have an adequate amount of scar tissue, which is consistent with no new tumor growth. And that’s great news!
The other part of the scan report was so-so. I still have at least one measurable tumor in my right lung, and it has grown slightly over the past 6 – 9 months. My oncologist is not overly concerned about that tumor, but I must remain on Imatinib (Gleevec) for the time being. That part of the news was okay…not dramatic and somewhat expected. So, we keep trudging on. My main health concern is that my cancer does not spread to other part(s) of my body. We won’t know about that until my PET scan scheduled for July.
As I mentioned in my last post, I am now “semi-retired,” whatever that means. For me it means I get to work around the house on those projects that we never have time to get to: clean out closets, organize other closets, throw out old junk, and make lots of trips to Goodwill. It’s funny. I feel somewhat more relaxed but anxious at the same time. Since I don’t have to be anywhere, I take my time on errands and tasks that I used to try to complete as quickly as possible. I also get highly annoyed at minor everyday things, like slow people in the grocery store parking lot. Yet, I don’t have to be anywhere. There’s no time frame or agenda. It’s nice…really nice. And I really don’t miss work at all. That proves it was time to move on. To take a step in a new direction in my journey.
I think at some point I’ll write about how looking at my past – through items stored in the attic – has helped me understand who I am now as a person. It might surprise me to know that I like who I see.
As always, thanks for listening.