My fourth scan, and the wait between my scan and the results never gets easier. It is always a nervous time!
In the past 3 months, I’ve had more headaches and speech problems than usual even though my body has been feeling good. I’ve been eating well, exercising most days, travelling around and enjoying life. Still living my life 3 months at a time. My scan on Tuesday was a nervous one as always. Waiting with my good friend, Becky James, today at Christie Hospital wasn’t as bad, having a joke, catching up and a good chat. I’ve received a lot of messages and support from everyone on all forms of technology to fill me with good vibes and inspiration.
But besides all this, it was not enough to keep the science of cancer at bay. The oncologist told me that the Tuesdays scans, it looks like the brain tumour has started to grow back. Becky said she thought all day to stay strong, and she did. Becky stayed strong standing next to me while the doctor delivered the news. I think the initial diagnosis and constantly dealing with the issue head on has made me a stronger person. I really don’t know where this strength has come from but I just stood there, thinking, then come out with a list of questions for the doctor. She answered them all the best she could. The scans are below and I will describe what you are look at.
The scans on the left are of a previous scan, from February 2015. You can see the remnants of the tumour and brain surgery on the bottom right of each image.
The scans on the right are the current scans, from Tuesday 26th May 2015. When you look on the bottom right of each of these photos, you can see there are patches of white forming. This is what the doctors believe is the cancer growing back. Im sharing such details so people know what cancer patients go through. How a black and white image can change someones life!
February 2015 | May 2015
My scans will got to the MDT on Tuesday. The MDT is a Multi Disciplinary Team of several oncologists, neurosurgeons, medical imaging specialists and other medical professionals. They will then go through my case (along with other people’s cases for the week) and get back to me with their final diagnosis. Because of this, my future, my holidays, my life plans, and treatment options are all in limbo until next week.
Keep an eye out for the results next week. This makes is much easier for everyone to know what is going on with my cancer than having to repeat myself over and over which can be a very tiring and emotional drain giving the depth of the conversation. But in saying this, I am very grateful for everybody’s support. I have great family and friends pushing me on, encouraging and supporting my fight against cancer and keeping my spirits high with a smile on my face. I can’t say enough how much this means to me – THANK YOU!!!!!