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Monday, February 04, 2008

Good News about my PET scan

Do you see the clouds parting? Good news from my 3 year PET/CT scan. No evidence of metastatic disease. That's the big news. They are going to mail me a copy of the report which will have the details. The nurse said I continue to have changes in the inguinal region (groin) but that probably relates to the surgery. Also, there are some changes in my lungs but I've had notations like that before. The bottom line is that nothing is suggestive of a melanoma recurrence.
Three years ago I got the news that I had a very deep melanoma lesion and the pathology wasn't clear as to whether it was a primary or a metastatic lesion. I had a full body scan and at that point it was determined that the lesion was a very deep primary because my only other involvement was a node in the inguinal region. My risk for recurrence was high and I've had some bumps along the road but no recurrences. Everything that showed up on scans earlier got smaller until last year I had a clear scan. A year later, I just had another scan which was clear from the cancer stand point. At this point I think the challenge is to try to put it behind me. I have had chronic pain, peripheral neuropathy, and lymphedema following my lymph node dissection but in the scheme of things that's a small price to pay for being free of the cancer. I can't spend the rest of my life in alert mode and at some point I have to decide that I'm seeing cancer in the rear view mirror where it belongs. I've decided that time is now. So long melanoma, it has not been great to meet you, and I don't expect to see you ever again. Time for me to celebrate and get on with my life ! ! !

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bravo, Carver! Well said, well said.

I love the clouds breaking to the blue sky. Perfect.

I love the rear-view mirror analogy.

I share in your happiness. I'm thrilled.

What a happy day!

Love,

CarolA

Yolanda said...

Oh Carter I am so glad for you. I know that this is such welcoming news.

Carver said...

Hey Carol, Thank you so much for celebrating with me. I'm sending out a ton of good vibes and prayers for you that you'll get that rear view mirror view SOON! Love, Carver

Hi Yolanda, Thank you so much. I appreciate your support. Regards, Carver

Theresa said...

Yeah!!! Great news Carver. Yes clear blue skies are what you are wished. I know what a load off your mind this is- ENJOY!

Holly said...

Wonderful News Carver! Congratulations!!!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

wonderful news. is it me or does that one cloud have a silver lining ;-)

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Guess Who(???) said...

Hey Carver!
You go girl...'bout time to tell MEL to just buzz off. You've been three years in the passing lane, just punch it and leave the skank way behind.
And make sure he sees you grinning in that rear view mirror.
Love, K.

A gentle riddance. Draw the curtains, go.

-Portia regarding Morocco's departure, The Merchant of Venice

Carver said...

Hi Theresa, Getting the word about the scan was a huge load off. I feel so much lighter, in spite of my physical weight, ha.

Hi Holly, Thanks so much. It's so hard sometimes with all the loss this dreaded cancer brings but it makes me smile when I think of you, and several others who were dx'd at stage 3 around the same time as I was who have also gotten the NED news recently.

Hi J (Ascender), I had to laugh because I picked one of the cloud shots because I thought I saw a silver lining too.

Hey K, I'm grinning widely and you are so right about it being about time. I'm actually feeling better and better as the news is really sinking in.

Jessica said...

I am so happy to hear that everything went well for you... That is fabulous news

Carver said...

Thanks a bunch Jessica. I appreciate that.

starnitesky said...

Wonderful news, I am happy for you.

Carver said...

Thank you so much Starnitesky. I appreciate that.

Sue P said...

I'm doing a dance of joy for you! I've been thinking about you and all that scanxiety and hoping to hear the all clear.

And remember, sometimes objects in the rear view mirror can be smaller than they appear (and they continue to shrink, too).

So, so happy for you.

Carver said...

Hi Sue P, Thank you so much for happy dancing for me. I love the image of what's in the rear view mirror being smaller than it appears and continuing to shrink. I'll have to keep that in mind if my worry meter starts up. At this point my worry meter is extremely low.

napaboaniya said...

woohoo!!!! I'm happy to hear that your results came out well!!! :)

SabineM said...

YEAH!!!!! YEs time to put all this behind you and get on with your life!!! So happy for you!
Sorry I am catching up! I have had company AND I have been sick since Saturday. Malina and Maya are sick too!
So not been online much!
Obama (ok more subliminal messages hee hee)
Watching the primaries unfold! haaa my heart cannot take it!
Great photos! I have been in a Pet scan and I worried that I would be in it during a typical California Earthquake!!!!

jmb said...

Excellent news Carver, the sky is indeed blue for you today. Yesterday I guess really, now I look at the date. Where do the days go?

Carver said...

Thanks Sabine, I'm sorry that you and your children have been sick. That's especially hard when you have company. Although I haven't made my final decision about the primary, I was sorry to see you had a disappointment in your state. Earthquakes aren't an issue here but that would be a bad thought to have in a PET scan. Take care, Carver

Thanks JMB, The days really do go by fast. I find that true the older I get and it's hard to believe we are already in February. Take care, Carver

Heart of Rachel said...

That's wonderful news. I'm happy for you.

Sabine said...

Carver, I'm happy and relieved for your clean bill of health! Enjoy life - it truly is too short!! :)

Carver said...

Thanks Rachael, I appreciate that very much.

Thanks Sabine, That is so true about enjoying life. Even with a long life it zooms by in a blink Where have the first 50 years of my life gone. Now for the next 50, give or take, ha.

Hi Napaboaniya, Thank you so much. I meant to thank you up a ways but realize I must have forgotten. So much for the memory. Take care, Carver

DeLi said...

hello carver,

am so glad to read this. such a good news with equally marvelous photos. ah the sky! so profound and bright as life, isn't it?

all the best to you,
Deli

Carver said...

Hi Deli,
Thank you so much. The sky is a boundless pleasure for me. I love all different kinds of skies too. Take care, Carver

Anonymous said...

Carver,

Just wanted to celebrate your good scan news with you! I was so glad to read of it.

Celebrate big and be good to yourself.

Janet

Carver said...

Hi Janet,
Thank you so much for celebrating with me. I hope you are doing ok. Take care, Carver

M said...

The sky in this post and the one above with the orange clouds is amazing. really loved the one with the trees without leaves.