This is a long time coming, but better late than never I suppose!
I took my last dose of radiation on October 4th, which wrapped up my treatment. Since then, I’ve been recovering & waiting. RECOVERING from minor knee irritations from the radiation and fatigue. WAITING for the first week in December, when I’ll get a PET scan to detect what the treatment did to my cancer.
I had a great experience doing my radiation in Ames! I’m SO thankful that was able to happen so I could fully participate in my normal life, just slipping over to the hospital for 30 minutes every day. I had minor tightness / swelling in my knee during radiation, which was bearable, and fatigue. I can still feel something in my knee, and it gets irritated when I exercise, but it’s getting better!
Please pray that it would continue to heal – the swelling gone and strength back!
HOW I’M DOING – Well. I still have bad days, but far more good days than bad days! I’ve found that cancer does something to you mentally / emotionally that’s hard to explain. God has continued to meet all my needs and put people in my life to love and walk with me through this season. I literally feel like a sheep being led each day, through each decision, and in all my fears by my Shepherd. God is giving me exactly what I need for today, so I’m choosing to keep trusting that He will give me exactly what I need when I need it. I’ve also taken a turn for the better in terms of my energy. I had a hard time acknowledging that I was facing fatigue and didn’t realize how it was affecting me until it’s been gone! Very thankful for that!
WHAT’S NEXT – I have a PET scan scheduled the first week in December. That scan will show if there is remaining cancer. While other cancers have easier ways to detect it, mine unfortunately doesn’t. I’m exposed to radiation through this type of scan, so I won’t have one done very often. I’m trying to have appropriate expectations going into that day, but it’s hard to know what those are. My Iowa City Oncologist gave me a heads up that the PET scan could show a flash of light by my knee, which might not necessarily be cancer. My Radiation Oncologist agreed with that and even told me I should expect the scan to light up around my left knee because of how irritated it is after the last 3 months. But he is hopeful that the brightness of the light will be able to detect what is irritation and what is cancer (if any left). Because of the nature of my cancer and how it acts in my body, even if it is remaining in my knee, my doctor won’t move towards any further treatment until I would have additional side effects.
Please pray that the PET scan would be empty of any light and there would be no cancer remaining!
Psalm 112:6-8, “For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid”