Today I met with a radiation oncologist and had an overview of my condition and discussion of the path forward. With each doctor I meet they are always interested in what I was doing in Italy when I became ill. I always smile and say studying Italian language and enjoying life! 🙂
It was interesting to see the CT and PET imaging and have them explained. It was also news to me that my lymphoma is indeed stage 2, meaning that it is in two locations, primarily the bulky mass (the orange as I like to call it) and two small spots in the lymph nodes in the centre of my chest.
It’s good to know that this treatment will be very targeted and focus on the areas of cells that may be remaining. Also that my type of lymphoma responds very well to radiation therapy. I have a PET scan scheduled for December 22 and following that the radiation oncologist will review the imaging to create the treatment plan. I will have another CT scan prior to the beginning of treatments as well. Treatment consists of 15 days and hopefully begin in January. I honestly can’t recall what they said about follow up because they usually joke that I will be back in Italy by then.
We also discussed short term and long term side effects. Which sound like they will be much easier to deal with than what chemo gave me. I won’t get into the details as I continue to believe it is important for me to be present in the moment and deal with my health on a day to day basis.
I am so relieved to be done chemo and feeling good. Time for another GI Jane haircut tomorrow, I would much rather shave my head again than have it feel awful just to have a little hair. My silver mohawk will grow back in no time! I will continue to rest and gain strength for the new phase of treatment in the new year.
I sparkle on…one day at a time. 🙂