Doc says “see you next year”

This week was the follow-up with my Radiation Oncologist.  He is the master of my high beam radiation plan.  He has kicked me out (at least for 7 months).  Actually he first said a year for follow up, but moved it up to coincide with the follow up cystoscope is January.

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New sculpture in CT Lab which moved buildings earlier this year.

Johns Hopkins is holding a workshop “Surviving Survivorship Living with Cancer.”  Apparently they hold something like this annually.  After looking at the agenda, I decided to register.

I started questioning why my happiness at the good visit with my doctors was short-lived.  “This shouldn’t happen,” I keep telling myself, “you should be shouting from the rooftop.”  Well, I realized that cancer will always be the elephant in the room.  When you realize it may occur again anytime, it sort of dampness the euphoria.

But I know, be grateful for all the good news and ignore the “Emperor of all Maladies.”  It is hard to do however.

The plus about all this is that I have been cleared to meet with my Vascular Surgeon to discuss the claudication in my legs.  This is how this entire adventure with cancer started – CT Scan with contrast should the bladder cancer.  Alert radiologists!

Of course I had my “healing” citrine necklace on.  I think that was the final kick to the finish line.

 

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Manicure?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday, I headed to get my nails done.  This is a luxury I indulge in every month.  Sure I can do it, but Lion the nail tech (yes, that’s her name) does so much better plus I get a hand massage.

Anyway, she actually had to cut my nails.  Wow, I was excited.  Why?  Because the after-effects of chemo & radiation are finally almost gone.  More energy, nails growing and I had to shave my legs.  Small things, but they’re big to cancer patients.

I have to admit not have to shave legs most of the summer was nice but the reason wasn’t.  With cancer is the lower abdomen, typically chemo/rad treatment hair loss is in the lower body, not the head area.  So head hair growth is normal and leg hair slows greatly and thins.

So in a nutshell, hair growth and bone density have recovered and I’m “zipping” around on my red scooter.