Coming back to Australia was bitter-sweet. I miss my friends, the fun, the travels and the adventures. I don’t miss the weather though. Coming home to Australia was a great decision. I’m spending more time with the family (as frustrating as family can be) and catching up with my old friends while still travelling. It’s just not international travel for now.
The scans I brought to home from the Manchester Hospitals weren’t the right scans for the Sydney Hospitals. They were from when I was first diagnosed. That’s no use to compare my first scans in Australia too. So my first scan in July 2015 were the new baseline scans for my tumour. Yesterday, 15th September, was the second set of scans in Australia. As always, it’s a very nervous time in my life. But rather than having to wait a week like in the UK, I got my results the next day, today!!
The first set of scans that we could actually compare to see if the chemotherapy is working. I can’t ask for anything else but that the tumour doesn’t grow. And the doctors here in Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) in Sydney were happy to say that the tumour has stayed consistent for the last two scans. The chemotherapy is ‘working’. The tumour has stopped growing!
The world works in mysterious ways! We all know this. While it was a nervous but good week for me, two very close friends of mine in the UK have had gut-wrenching weeks. Two separate instances, for two different people. Both going through a hard time and life changing events. So while I can say I’m off to travel and enjoy my life for another two months, I will be very grounded thinking of my two friends and what they are going through.
I hope this is a lesson for people to take the good times when you have it. Appreciate it. Things happen in our lives that we don’t want to happen, we cant stop that. We have to take the good with the bad, and learn from our hard times. We can then really appreciate the good times after we’ve gone through the hard times.
While I finish this blog, a great song came up on my speakers by one of my favourite artists, Jason Mraz – ‘Living in the Moment’. My computer must know me better than what I thought! Live in the moment, and enjoy life!!!