Topic: A Good Year
One year ago today...that's when the rest of my life began!!! I still remember that morning clearly. Surgery had been scheduled for 11:00, until the day before when a sudden call from the doctor said "Get there as early as you can and we will get you into the OR as soon as possible!" All of my family had to be told so they could change their plans. My plans were easy...show up!
I tried not to think about what was going to happen. I knew it had to be done, so why be scared? I do wish I had asked a couple more questions...what will the incision look like? (It began between my breasts, went south to above my belly button and took a hard right turn around to my side...50 staples!) How long will surgery last? (3 1/2 hours) I did ask the obvious..."What if it comes back?" and was told "We take it out again!!!" But, I never even considered the thought that the surgery might not actually occur. That they might get in there and find that the cancer had spread, and that there was no hope. Thank goodness. The butterflies in my stomach would have been big hairy monsters gnawing at my innards if I had consciously had to worry about that!!!
Well, here I am one year later. A year ago, I didn't even know if I would make it to my 50th birthday. But I did! I threw myself a great party, and my husband and I are finally taking that cruise we missed when this whole thing started. (See my intro for lots of other information about my diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma, stage 2, and my surgery...right lobectomy and cholesystectomy). Well, an even BETTER cruise, actually! Transatlantic to Bermuda, Ireland, England and France! I am so excited and can only hope that I will be ready for all the walking and site-seeing. I still get tired, but I feel so much better than I did a year ago.
The CT scans have all been good. My next is March 11, which has actually always been a very bad day in my life, but I am not superstitious and maintain that it will be just fine, too. After the March scan, I will be going every 6 months instead of every 3. That scares the hell out of me! But, the doc knows best!
This is an important day for me, and I just wanted everyone to know that there IS hope. We have survivors on this board that prove that everyday. Thank you all so much for being here when I needed you. I will continue to come to this board everyday, and I will hopefully continue to post good news!
What a great day!!!!