August 18, 2005
I’m back from the doctor finally. I had to get a whole bunch of preliminary stuff done today, more x-rays, bloodwork, urine test, height and weight measured, met the nurse and doctor who will be doing most of the stuff with me, etc. I have my neck biopsy scheduled for the 29th, bone marrow biopsy for the 30th, a PET scan somewhere around there and then chemo/radiation will start after that. Probably about 4 months of chemo and radiation at once.
It turns out that my CAT scans weren’t clean and I actually have a chain of about 6 cancerous lymph nodes. I was super scared when he said that but he said it’s pretty normal and he still considers this to be localized. I told him about my Hawaii trip and he said that we might have to delay treatment until after the trip (I had hoped they could maybe do a cycle before I go), but that Hodgkins is a pretty slow cancer so that it wouldn’t matter too much. I guess it’s all pretty good news then, but I’m not looking forward to it one bit!
Written by Mike Cousins who lives and works in Calgary building useful things. You should follow him on Twitter