It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted because I really haven’t had any updates worth sharing. In my last post, I mentioned I was happy to be taking a break from the chemo pills during the month of December. However, what seemed like a good idea didn’t turn out as well as I expected. I didn’t feel that much better while off the pills and felt a lot worse the first few rounds after starting them back. Things seem to have leveled off now, and I’m handling the pills fairly well.
I had a CT scan on Wednesday and got the results yesterday. While the news could have been better, it wasn’t all bad. Nothing shows up anywhere except in my right lung, which is very good news. In my right lung, the place where the tumor was is now bigger than it was before radiation. Not so good news. Dr. Gharavi thinks it’s likely scar tissue from the radiation, but I’m going to have a PET scan to see if we can get more definitive results. A PET scan will light up if there’s actively growing cancer. The problem is, even if it is only scar tissue, the scan could still light up because of all the radiation I had. I’m praying that we can know exactly what we’re dealing with, be it good or bad.
While discussing how to move forward, I mentioned to Dr. Gharavi that I’m not breathing as well as I was. I wondered if it could be a sign the cancer is growing in my lung. He said that is no cause for concern because I definitely have some scar tissue in my lung (in addition to the place that looks like a tumor). The doctor said my lung looks like someone who has pneumonia, which will be a permanent thing. But, as Dr. Gharavi said, “It’s still better than lopping off half your lung.” With half a lung on the left and a compromised lung on the right, it’s no wonder I get short of breath when exercising, climbing stairs or carrying heavy objects. I’m just thankful that I’m still able to do those things, even if I do sound like an old lady in need of an oxygen tank when doing them.
The plan now is for a CT scan the week after next and then an appointment with Dr. Patel, the radiologist who worked on my lung. Dr Gharavi wants Dr. Patel to see me and look at the PET scan, and then the two of them will try to determine whether it’s cancer or scar tissue. I’ll post an update when I have more news.
As I write about my health updates, I can’t help thinking about all those we’ve recently lost to cancer. Far too many taken so soon. I am grateful to still be here, bad lungs and all.
Thanks for caring and praying.
Blessed beyond measure,