Cancer Anniversary

I’m pretty sure everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer remembers the day if not the hour they heard the news that they had cancer.

Mine was June 15, 2005.

That spring I had gone to a sports doctor to find out about getting Kyphoplasty for my back which still was bothering me. He ordered an MRI and the rest was history. Although it took almost 3 months to get to that place since I needed to have a bone biopsy where the plasmacytoma was which was T -10.

It took quite a while to get the appointment since it was a neurosurgeon that had to do it. And it was truly horrible. He couldn’t get the needle in so he had to use some sort of hammer to pound it in. Not pleasant although it didn’t hurt it was just very weird. I was not under general anesthesia just sedated.  Then after that, it still took 10 days to get the results.

I was standing in the driveway when the phone call came in. I mean at that point I knew I had cancer just not exactly what. After that, I was referred to Sutter Oncology in Sacramento. Within 2 weeks ( actually 4th of July week, I started 17 rounds of radiation.  Then after that chemo for 6 months. Then in the spring of 2006, I had my SCT.

So it’s always kinda bittersweet.  I’m grateful to modern medicine for giving me a second chance. I’ve lived to see my son and daughter graduate college.

Now I’m facing another relapse. It’s okay, I’m still here and will continue to survive until it’s time.

11 thoughts on “Cancer Anniversary

  1. So glad you are able to celebrate another anniversary of this. It seems you have found a good doctor to work with too. Here’s to many more anniversaries.

    • Yes, medicine is amazing, and now with Dexemethesone as a possible COVID treatment it is really ironic. ( Well, to those of us who have been on and are currently on Dex.)

    • You are very fortunate. It is odd how some people get cancer while others don’t. My husband, also a blood cancer survivor, has been a life long vegetarian, always thin, exercised, on and on, and still got MDS. Go figure.

  2. Congratulations on your survival. This is my 12th year now living with cancer – with my particular one I have no idea if it is still there or not as the medication helps to supress any remaining cancer cells in my body. Each day for me is a new day and I am always glad I am still living to see another one. Since I was diagnosed I have seen both my daughters marry and now I have grandchildren and I give thanks everyday that I am still alive to see them growing up.
    Sending my warmest wishes for many more anniversaries. x

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