I'm happy to say that this concludes my blog. I was given the green light after completing tests of FIVE years
in remission and all is well. I hope that this makes others aware that cancer CAN be beat! Merry Christmas to
all and best wishes in the New Year (2014).
Well, all went well and my CEA marker was 0.7 with anything under 3.0 being very good!
It's been quite the long and winding journey, but it is now time to move on. I will still
get a colonoscopy every three years for the rest of my life, but now being a veteran of that
procedure, it's not a big deal and well worth the checkup. I'd like to thank all of my doctors
who were just amazing and helped me get through 'the cancer years' and again, I hope that this
blog proves to be helpful to others who have heard those nasty words, "you have cancer".
There are so many things that I'm thankful for. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
As we enter November we've had a wide range of weather from snow flurries to 70 degree days - maybe it will be an
up and down winter and not all cold all the time? Next week is my oncology visit. I'll have bloodwork done and get
to say thank you and have a happy retirement to my oncologist who is retiring at the end of the year. He told me in the Spring
that we may be saying goodbye and "setting me free" in November. That sounds so nice! I still will have the colonoscopy
procedure done every three years, but it's well worth it after this long and winding journey that started back in 2008.
So, next post will be the results of my tests and maybe I'll close out this blog on a good note by next month. Stay tuned
and thanks to all for your support and I hope this blog truly helps others who have been diagnosed with this horrible disease.
We're halfway through the month of October and aside from some dental issues, everything seems to be just fine. My oncologist
is retiring soon but I'm glad that he was around during my treatment. My final appointment before they 'set me free' is next
month, so will probably have a long blog post at that time. For now, enjoy the fine Autumn weather and try to find something
"positive" in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder".
After last week's hot, hazy & humid weather, it feels great to say it's finally more seasonable with daytime temps about 70 degrees F and night temps cooling into the 40's F. No complaints by me - none at all. It's been a long, hot summer. Tomorrow night is the full harvest moon. Apples are tasting good and surprisingly the foliage has already started a little bit here and there. My next oncology visit will be in early November and I'll have labs and get a flu shot. After a busy summer with people to see, places to be, and things to do, I'm enjoying this calmness. We have a musical senior jam band that will be starting up again next week and we will be playing at the local senior center starting in November again, after taking the summer off. Music has been good for me. Whether playing or just listening, it's soothing and seems to be therapeutic. So on that note (pun intended!) - - have a nice September and see y'all next month!