Today I went in for a 3 month visit with my surgical oncologist.
You may remember she is the first doctor I saw on the day I was diagnosed. I actually saw her just hours after I received the life changing phone call.
Today was just a follow up appointment, like the ones I’ve been going to…where she checks me and we talk for a few minutes and then I leave…or so I thought it was!
Today was all of the above except for I was moved to every SIX months.
I received the paperwork “Preparing For Survivorship”.
As soon as the nurse told me Dr. G was going to be discussing all that with me today the tears started…I told her I didn’t know why I was crying…she said something like it’s a big day and gave me tissues!
side note: I am so thankful for sweet nurses and doctors!!
I didn’t know if I should be happy or sad I would be seeing her every six months rather than every three.
I can see the positive/happy side of that, I do not have a reason to have to be seen every 3 months by her, She is comfortable seeing me every 6 months…but I think it makes me a little calmer thinking I am being checked every 3 months…I will still be seeing my medical oncologist too and she has already moved me to every six months.
SURVIVORSHIP is a big word! I do not mean it has lots of letters, it does have 12 letters but it has such a bigger meaning! I never thought that word would make me as emotional as it did today!
She was right…it was a big day!
17 1/2 months ago, this day seemed so far away!
I AM A SURVIVOR!!!
I asked her today was my surgery day the day I consider as the anniversary date and she told me she counts it from the date of diagnosis!!
Because I like to celebrate:
- I will celebrate April 5th, the date of diagnosis,
- I will celebrate September 5th, last day of chemo
- I will celebrate October 11th, the day of my double mastectomy. The pathology from this surgery told us the cancer was GONE!
Y’all, I am a 17 1/2 month survivor!!!
Thank you all for your prayers through this journey and your continued prayers that cancer never shows up again!!
Luke 1:37 For nothing is impossible with God. (old NIV)