Living with Cancer...
Saturday, January 04, 2014
I know that we all have cancer cells in our body and for the most part they are dormant. However, some of us experience an "awakening" so to speak of those cells. I am one of them!
I was diagnosed with Stage I Follicular Lymphoma in August of 2013. It was found when I had my every five-year colonoscopy. I thank God that He nudged me to go and have it done. My particular cancer is rare to be found in the colon but not uncommon. Had I not had the colonoscopy, I would never have known that I even had this type of cancer.
I had excellent care at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL and my oncologist prescribed a series of Rituxan treatments in lieu of Chemo! That was a true blessing because I had no side affects! I also went through a series of CT Scans, MRI's and Pet Scans and even a bone marrow biopsy to make sure the rest of my lymphatic cells were not affected. Again,I thank my Heavenly Father above my cells are fine elsewhere and I do not have bone marrow cancer!
My treatments were over in October and in December I went back to my G.I. doctor for a follow-up Sigmoidoscopy. That is a less evasive colonoscopy. I was hoping to get the good news that the Rituxan got rid of the cancer but unfortunately, I got the news that I still have the Lymphoma! My oncologist is not worried, however, because he said that I still have the Rituxan in my system and it could still be working on getting rid of it.
I am scheduled for another Sigmoidoscopy in April to see whether or not the cancer is advancing. This is a slow advancing type cancer and my G.I. doctor said that I will probably die from something else before this kills me!
I have no symptoms and feel pretty good except for my back issues but I am not going to worry about this or let it change my life in any way. I am going to concentrate on losing weight and getting back in better shape by walking and biking and using my treadmill!
My oncologist told me when I was first diagnosed that if I did not nothing in the way of treatment, I could live another ten years before it would be life-threatening and with treatments, I could add another 10 years to that; so I am not going to start worrying about it for another 20 years!!