Coming Soon

Just a brief update again, I swear I’ll be back in the game tomorrow.

I saw my new new oncologist today. I do not need any radiation or chemotherapy. Well, he was obligated to offer chemo, but the standard for LMS would involve a lot of health risks and at least 12 days in the hospital for about a 1% decrease in my risk of recurrence. I declined.

Leiomyosarcoma is a plain old bad luck cancer. They don’t even know of any risk factors, it just happens. It’s practically unheard of for LMS to initially present in the lungs anyway, but mine was caught at a fraction of the size that they’re usually found.

If I didn’t get CT scans for kidney stones so often, it could have been years before I showed symptoms and by then, my prognosis would have been grim at best. I never thought I would be grateful for kidney stones, but they have literally saved my life.

LMS has a 30-50% recurrence rate, so I will be getting PET scans for a long time, if not the rest of my life, but that is a small price to pay. It’s a good day today.


6 Comments on “Coming Soon”

  1. LRose says:

    If a brother-in-law of mine had ever suffered headaches before in his life, he would be long gone by now. He never had, not-once-ever, so the day he thought his head was exploding, he impulsively called his doctor. Long story short, they found a tumor, small, clean edges, easy to reach, and out it came, just as easy as you please.
    We thank the universe, God, and any and all deities responsible for life’s little mercies and silver linings, like frequent kidney stones, a spot of blood where it shouldn’t be, or the first headache ever suffered.

  2. susieshy45 says:

    April my dear,
    We are with you in this battle.
    Susie

  3. tnkerr says:

    I had my most recent PET Scan on Monday. I don’t have to have another for a year!
    I like your attitude, April.


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