Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It's All Good!

My latest PET scan was done on March 8. Yesterday Phil and I met with Dr. Viverette to get my blood results and results of the PET scan.

We're sitting there for what seems like an eternity and finally Dr. V walks in and asks, "Are you still having periods?" "Why, yes, Dr. V, thanks so much for asking, really! This after you told me back in July that I would probably NOT have another period again! Well, someone thought it was funny and sprang one on me last month so yes, I'm still having periods." He thought I was mighty funny and started laughing! Then he said, "It's all good." At which Phil grabs my arm and squeezes so hard that I yelled, "You're giving me bruises!" Then he jumps up and yells, "YEAH!!" At this point I thought I would pass out and sat there with a stupid grin on my face. Something like DUH!

Turns out the only spot on the PET scan was my right ovary which is ovulating. Dang ovary. Stop it! Other than that, no cancer seen on the scan! Whoo hoo!

Friday I go in for a port flush then my next appointment is in three months for a check up and blood work, and then follow up in six months with another PET scan.

It's all good.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Thinking of Mr. Rogers

I was just thinking about Mr. Rogers. When I lived in Virginia, I remember we only got three channels on the tv set. One of those was the PBS channel where I used to watch Mr. Rogers with my toddler. I also remember watching Mr. Rogers when I was a small child. I never knew where he was from or must not have paid any attention. On one episode Mr. Rogers was in Pittsburgh standing outside of the Civic Arena. It was such a coincidence because we were getting ready to move to the Pittsburgh area ourselves. I'd never even seen a picture of what it looked like. Here was Mr. Rogers walking around downtown Pittsburgh and I was watching. Now after living in western Pennsylvania for the past 24 years I am pretty familiar with the area. At least good enough to give out directions. LOL! Mr. Rogers passed away a while back. He was from Latrobe which is 13 miles from where we live. From what I understand what you saw on tv was just the way he was in real life. I thought of him today. Just thinking what a beautiful, sunny day it was outside in my neighborhood. Always when I hear the word neighborhood I think of Mr. Rogers. So Mr. Rogers, it's warming up but not nearly warm enough to just wear that zip up cardigan of yours and I think you may still need the boots for just a while longer. Those blue boat shoes of yours will have to wait. But the sunny day? I'm sure you are enjoying all the sunny days in heaven and thank you for sharing some of those with us here who think of you.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

It's that Time of the Year Again!

March is Colon Cancer Awareness month! Oh, and just so you know, my blog template is the same color blue as the Colon Cancer ribbon!

As you know, I was diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer at the age of 45. This is FIVE years before the suggested screening age that most doctors give.

I was given a pretty grim dose of reality when the doctors told me I didn't have long to live. The insurance company even gave me my own health care manager to deal with what they called Palliative Care (end of life stuff).

Colon Cancer is the SECOND leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. It is PREVENTABLE and TREATABLE. Here is a video put out by the Colon Cancer Association. Please take a look. Getting yourself screened could save your life!

Tell your doctor that Carol sent you!! :)