Negative, negative, negative.
I usually don’t like that word but as of last night I do. That word was used all over my official pathology report. Negative for malignant cancer cells in my peritoneal cavity after removal of the wicked tumor, right ovary and fallopian tube, a small piece of my small intestine as well as a small section of ureter (which has been re-attached to my bladder). One 7-hr surgery and a few missing parts and I am CANCER-FREE!!!!
Let’s not forget the Feb. surgery, a laparascopic surgery and 23 chemo treatments that helped get me to this point.
Besides my doctors being thrilled with the pathology report, too, there are some decisions to be made. I may have another round of a different chemo to make sure the rogue cells have a very difficult time coming back. Or we may play the “wait and see” game and check things out via CT scan in 3 months. I’m fine with either route.
All I can say is that I’m still stunned. I am one of the lucky ones. I walk the halls with my dance partner (IV pole) and I see all of us fighting for our lives. I pray that the others will heal, too.
I’ve got to thank my doctors – Dr. Paul Mansfield and Dr. Michael Overman and all the staff here at MD Anderson Cancer Center for their incredible plan of action and care. Thanks to my local oncologist, Dr. Richard Helmer and his staff for keeping me feeling good during chemo. Thanks to Dr. Aravind Sankar for taking the first tumor out. But most of all, thanks to great family and friends.
Of course, cancer-free is for today, tomorrow, a week, a month, a year, forever – who knows how long. All of us only have one day at a time. But you bet we”ll be celebrating this GREAT news for a very long time!!! Just in time for my birthday.