Results Day, Friday 17th September 2021
I don’t really know what I expected to be told on Friday. I think I thought they would say, it’s all gone, a couple of shots of radiotherapy then you can get on with your life – you’ll have beaten cancer. They did tell me that the margins around Lenny the Lump were clear and that they’d removed 16 lymph nodes, 6 of which had cancer in them, so that’s good, right?
I should have told the surgeon to stop talking right there because what came next was a shocker.
I didn’t expect to be told I needed another operation to remove a further ‘rogue’ lymph node, which is separate from the ones they’d taken from under my arm and is cancerous.
This will then be followed by 6 months of chemotherapy, in 4 – 5 week cycles.
A further 4 weeks Radiotherapy plus CT & bone scans throughout to make sure it isn’t spreading.
All of the above depends on the results of an initial CT scan and bone scan which should take place this week.
All in all, I’m looking at 12 – 18 months of treatment.
I have a further appointment on Thursday with the oncology team as well having to self isolate ahead of a Covid test on Monday, ready for the operation next Wednesday.
I’ve taken time over the weekend to let it all sink in, but honestly I’m not sure it ever will. It’s a lot, right? It’s not a blip, a something to worry about later kind of thing?
Just don’t ask me how I feel because I honestly couldn’t tell you. I really don’t know. I’m not upset (I don’t think) and I am the kind of person that ‘just gets on with it’ so for now, for today that’s my attitude. Let’s get on with it. Let’s do this. Let’s beat this motherfucker and kick it’s ass to the kerb.
Yeah, that’s how I feel today.