So today was my six month post-treatment PET scan. Mom came up last night to stay over since I had to be at Dana Farber at 7:15am for the injection for the scan, only to sit for an hour before the scan can be done. I was out of the scan by 9am. My appointment with the doctor was at 1:15pm. What to do?? What to do??
The entire Dana Farber facility has moved into the new Yawkey Building across the street from the old facility. We have watched this new building being built since my endeavor began last April. Everything except for the Nuclear Medicine Dept. and Radiation Dept. have moved into their new homes. So we began our day in the old Dana Building and then went to check out the new building after my scan.
It was quite confusing and strange to have everything in a new place, and as beautiful as the new building is, I am SO glad I don't have to spend a lot of time there! Mom and I tried to relax in the cafeteria and the lobby for a while before we headed upstairs to the 11th floor to wait for my appointment.
Doesn't it figure after such a long day already that my doc was running over an hour late with her appointments!! I have NEVER had to wait that long for her!! FINALLY we went in to the exam room about 2:15pm.
Mom and I were chatting and not even paying attention when Dr. Limaye poked her head around the corner and announced,"PET Negative!" THANK GOD!!! The scan was clear!! All the little things from the last scan that they were going to "watch" were gone!! Nothing there!!! All gone!!! CANCER-FREE!!!! We all cried and hugged!!
So now I can move on with the injection into my vocal cord and see if I can get some voice back. I also have to start some physical therapy for the stiffness and muscle tightening in my neck. I have another check-up in six weeks and if no issues, having two clean scans, she may wait six months to do another scan!!
Thank you to all of my family and friends for their generous thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Someone up there is listening!!!
Two weeks from today is my 40th birthday.....Ugh, 40, you may think!?!? NO WAY!! I am THRILLED to be turning 40!!! This is the new beginning of the rest of my healthy life!!! 40 and FABULOUS!!!!