Hello dear readers — I know my plan was to continue blogging during Hubby’s battle with cancer, but the reality is that sitting down to write was harder than I imagined. That said, there was a lot of wine and a bit of beer consumed during the last 7 months. I’ve tried to take notes on everything and will work on a round-up post, but I also encourage you to check out my Twitter and Instagram accounts, as the shorter formats were easier to keepupdated. To those of you who have been sending emails, tweets, and Facebook messages to check in on how we’re doing…THANK YOU! Your thoughtfulness, prayers, and good vibes have meant more than I could begin to express.
That brings me to where things are now. Unfortunately, the PET scan Hubby did in mid-October (2 weeks after his last chemo cycle ended) didn’t show the results we were hoping for. The doctors said Hubby had a “dramatic response” to cycles 1-3. His tumor was a large mass that went from his left arm, across his chest to his right arm, and up the right side of his neck, and during those first three cycles, it shrunk to only 4cm. During cycles 4-6, the tumor continued to shrink, but there was still metabolic activity on what we had hoped would be the final PET scan. This admittedly surprised the doctors, as his type of cancer either responds to the chemo regime and is then in remission by the time treatment is complete or it doesn’t respond, in which case the doctors know immediately and change the treatment.
So, the oncologist sent Hubby for a second opinion with the National Institute of Health doctor who developed the chemo regime for his kind of cancer. He also had a consultation with the radiologist oncologist in case radiation is the next step. Everyone seems to agree there is a strong possibility that the October PET scan shows a false positive, so all three doctors decided to have Hubby wait until the end of December to do a repeat scan. We won’t get those results until the New Year, which means right now is just a waiting game.
I keep trying to remind myself that these are the best doctors in the world, so they have to be able to figure out how to deal with a stubborn tumor that is the size of a fingernail. In the meantime, we’re embracing our “new” normal life, diving head first into the holiday spirit, and enjoying each day for what it is…which obviously includes drinking a lot of good wine.
Question of the Day: Are you getting in the holiday spirit? Is there a particular wine, beer, or cocktail that gets you into a festive mood?