This third bout with cancer has definitely taken me down a long tread in the furrow, a state likened to trench warfare where two opposing forces battling for supremacy have reached a static impasse in the fighting.
It started about 2 ½ years ago, when I was informed on Wednesday morning, July 20, 2017, that my cancer had returned, and aggressively metastasized throughout four areas in my body. However, today only two small tumors remain, located behind the bladder within two lymph nodes; both remain basically stable in hypermetabolic activity and size.
How I am taking this news is twofold: first, the good news is that there is no indication of further metastasis. Conversely, the not-so-good news is that I still have cancer. However, the fact that this third bout with cancer has lasted for over 29 months, I remain grateful for still being alive.
So, what happens now?
My oncologist and medical team will monitor the tumors for another three months, and then have me undergo another PET/CT scan. During this time, I will not have to undergo any infusions. This alone is very good news because I can enjoy the restored energy and strength for another three months!
Second, I met with the ophthalmologist/surgeon this week to determine the next steps in surgically repairing the left eyelid. We’ve decided to hold off surgery until late summer/early fall. The surrounding impaired orbital muscle is still healing and I rather hold off until it’s fully healed from the first surgery. In the meantime, I will just have to look like a bada$$ with my leather eyepatches 😉
Finally, during the next three months, I plan to write about the following topics that stem from my personal experience and growth from the gift of cancer:
- Faith - Depending on His Strength, Peace, and Faithfulness
- Relationships - Fighting for Your Loved Ones
- Health - Taking Care of Your Body
- Mind - Maintaining a Healthy Attitude
- Heart - Helping Others Who Are in Need
- Existentialism - Finding Meaning in Your Suffering
Again, thank you for your prayers and support!