I am happy to report that my 6 month follow up went just fine! I did not get any scans since I am not experiencing any symptoms other than my shoulder pain that never fully went away. I did request blood work. My counts are still a little low, however my doc says it’s nothing to worry about. My hair is growing, eyelashes and eyebrows are fully back!
It has officially been 1 year since my diagnosis, I was diagnosed last August. As the weather starts to cool off now, it very much brings me back to the scariest and most unpredictable time of my life. Fall was my favorite season, and still is, however, it feels very different than ever before. This time last year was back to school time for my daughter and off to my first hospital stay for me. I missed her first day of school last year since I was in the hospital receiving my first cancer treatment, I was preparing to fight for my life, the biggest job I have ever been assigned to (other than parenting!), it was a FULL TIME job and no job since then even compares. I am trying to keep myself as busy as I can for the most part. I have enjoyed my summer with my daughter so much. My time with her is so much more meaningful now than ever before; it’s always been meaningful, but now I try very hard not to take it for granted. Life is so fragile and good health isn’t something promised to us. It can change in the blink of and eye and let me tell you, when you aren’t healthy and don’t feel well day after day after day, it’s hard to enjoy anything. You sit back and watch the world go round and round while yours seems to stand still. I remember being too week to even push a cart through target on my own. I can’t believe how much can change in just one year. It truly amazes me where life can take us. But, no matter where we are in life or where we end up, there are some things that stay consistent throughout, God, family, and good friends…..everything else comes and goes but these are the things you can always count on. Don’t take them for granted.
One thing I have learned so much through all of this and just as I get older as well, is to trust your gut!!! If something something doesn’t feel right, trust those feelings, whether it has to do with your health, or people, or a situation; go with your gut. A couple posts ago I wrote about a mole on my leg that I was concerned about. I went in to my doc. She said she thought it looked fine. I said remove it anyway (not taking chances here) and it came back abnormal (precancerous). I had to go back in and get a little more removed but now it is fine! For God sakes I’m 30 years old and I take very good care of my skin! Agh!!!!!!!! I am not worried though. Cancer doesn’t scare me. I have to say when my doc called me back and left a message about it, I was like really???? Is this a joke? You know they only call when it’s bad. And it was the same doctor who called me last August at 6:30 in the morning to tell me that I had a mass on my lung which turned out to be lymphoma. She has a very strong accent and though the word cancer doesn’t bother me anymore, her voice does….lol. Just because it is now associated with bad news. Maybe I need to switch doctors 😉 It’s just like when you hear a certain song or come across a certain smell that brings you back to a specific time and place, and it’s either a good thing or a bad thing. Anyway, that is a little update on what is going on with me! My hair is growing like crazy! Can’t wait until I can put it in a pony again. There is so much I have to look forward to in my future I can’t even keep track!! You know what they say, “When life gives you cancer…make lemonade?!” Something like that anyway!