3 Year Survivor and Counting

I’m happy to report that yesterday I had my check-up with my oncologist and all is clear. I am still NED (“no evidence of disease” for those of you lucky enough to not be familiar with that acronym!). I’ve been moved to annual check-ups, which means I won’t see my oncologist until next April. Pretty much I’m back to normal–annual mammograms, annual physical and, well, sure, annual oncology check ups. (Okay, maybe that last one isn’t totally ‘normal’ but I’m going with it.) It’s always nerve-wracking when these appointments come up and everything starts feeling like a lump, headaches start occurring (or I think they do), and the imagination swings into high gear. So it will be nice to not have that occur as often. And while there is some comfort to knowing that someone is checking on me regularly, I’m going to take comfort in the fact that they don’t need to see me that often. Woo. And Hoo!

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2 Responses to “3 Year Survivor and Counting”

  1. Tamara says:

    Congratulations! I hope you get to a place where you just think of them as routine visits. I had my 3 mth this week and I just think of them as confirming their successful treatment ;-)

    A year ago today, on my birthday, my radiology oncologist poked me in the chest and said, in her difficult to understand accent, “MRI…New Tumor,,,Talk to Surgeon…Biopsy…Ok bye see you tomorrow”… and walked out of the room. That’s the only time I felt truly screwed. And it turned out to be nothing, but it was a week before I could talk to my then out of town surgeon to confirm.

    That’s when I decided there is no such thing as a good reason to save the ‘good’ bottle of wine :-)

    Cheers! Tami

    • rhyne says:

      Tami,
      Physicians’ bedside manner is always fascinating. Some are so good and some are so…well, what you experienced! And no, never save the good bottles of wine. Only save the bad ones…for Sangria!
      Cheers to you too,
      Teresa

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