August 31, 2006
Well, I’ve been delaying making this post because I really don’t know what to say. I got my results last Tuesday (August 22nd) and my PET scan shows 2 nodes with metabolic activity in it. So basically there are two options here:
It’s just an infection/cold/whatever which is causing these 2 lymph nodes to do something.
The cancer is back.
I have to go back in 3 months and have another PET scan. If that scan comes back negative, then it’s back to life as usual. I did have a cold the week or two before my scan, so maybe that caused the activity. If that one is positive again then we’ve got a pretty serious issue. A relapse in your first year (I’m only at 6 months) post chemo is pretty much a death sentence. Google it if you want to see some papers on it, but it’s not good.
So, I’m kind of freaking out sometimes and then thinking it might be something else the other times. I’m always thinking about it though. This is going to be a long three months…
Written by Mike Cousins who lives and works in Calgary building useful things. You should follow him on Twitter