October 2014

Trev-MUNils_trevmun wrote
on January 16th, 2014 at 07:59 pm
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Turn of Events

2014 wasn't getting off to a good start for me. There's been a lot of disappointments, technology breaking down on me, and financial issues which may not turn out in my favor. I'm not gonna go into detail about them right here, though, as it's a pretty lengthy list of things that haven't been going my way.

Today, however, something finally went right. Big-time.

As I'd mentioned at the start of the new year, I've had a second PET scan due. Last week was when they finally decided to reschedule it (adding to some of the "fun" mentioned earlier). Today I met with my oncologist to get the results.

The cancer is gone!

I was utterly, utterly shocked to hear that. Here I'd been preparing myself for bad news: I was expecting to hear that the cancer had resisted the chemotherapy, or that it wouldn't fully destroy the tumors by the time the six months of treatment ended. Getting told that there is no evidence of the disease only after only three months of chemotherapy (and mind you, we're talking about a cancer that was staged close to metastasizing) was beyond my wildest expectations!

Judging from how the oncologist was acting, she was just as surprised. She showed me the report; there is absolutely no cancerous activity that the PET scan could detect. However, she wants me to finish the chemotherapy regimen in its entirety, so I don't get to stop early. This is to make sure that absolutely nothing of the cancer survives, because if even a few cancerous cells ride out the therapy they can grow more tumors. This also means I still have financial issues to consider. I've not had very encouraging news on the Uncompensated Care Plans that have been offered to me, but I'm going to wait to talk about that in detail until I know more about what's going to happen there.

So, I'm not out of the woods yet, but at least I can feel some relief knowing that this cancer isn't going to be the end of me so soon.

So ... Tired, but relieved. Stay safe, guys!

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[User Picture]From: veldurn
2014-01-18 09:05 pm (UTC)


Best news I've heard all year. Stay strong, bud!
From: (Anonymous)
2014-01-27 11:53 pm (UTC)


I used to read your comic a long time ago and just today looked you up out of curiosity. What a tremendous relief to hear that you survived a brush with cancer (very sorry to hear about your loss of last year). I hope that the cancer does not return and that you get as much support as you need from all vectors. Best wishes to you and your future, Trev.