Health Status Update

I have a post in the works about going vegan to combat cancer.  But first, I wanted to share a few developments from last week.

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I had two appointments on Friday, one with my oncologist and the second with my radiation oncologist. Earlier in the week, I’d had a PET scan and an MRI.

In case you’re not familiar with how a positron emission tomography (PET) scan works, the first step is an IV injection of radioactive glucose. I brought Cryptonomicon to keep me company during the hour of waiting for my body to absorb the glucose.  Then I dozed off in the scanner as it detected any areas where the glucose collected abnormally. Abnormal uptake can indicate cancer cells, but also areas of radiation damage or inflammation.

My oncologist ordered the PET scan after seeing numerous lesions on my bone scan in June. The PET imaging report also revealed multiple bone and spine lesions but noted that they showed a”relatively low level of uptake.” This suggests that the bone mets are stable, at least for now. There was also a bit of activity seen in my lymph nodes and the left breast. All the other organs read as clear or “unremarkable in appearance” with “normal physiologic uptake.” I’ve never been more excited to hear the words “normal” and “unremarkable.”

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The second appointment with my radiation oncologist was even more encouraging. The brain MRI showed that multiple small metastatic lesions seen on the previous scan three months ago were either smaller or “no longer visualized.” The remaining mets were deemed “stable.”

So it’s not an all-clear, no evidence of disease (N.E.D.) situation. But I still feel triumphant in my hanging on, Texas-style. Yee-haw!

Friday also brought the news that I’ve been selected to participate in Living Beyond Breast Cancer‘s Young Advocate Training Program. I bought plane tickets for the September conference and have already started researching food spots in Philadelphia – they have Snap Kitchen too, and it’s less than a mile away from my hotel.

SoExcitedEmojiAmid all the bustle, I didn’t make time to cook a new turmeric dish last week. Binge watching Stranger Things on Netflix didn’t help matters.

Still, I did manage to re-create the Spicy Potato Salad from last week’s post. I simply halved the ingredients since I was only cooking for myself.

I also splurged on a celebratory Turmeric Ginger flavored Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic.20160807_KevitaTonic

So refreshing, and not too sweet. I just wish Whole Foods would drop the price.

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Plus, I sprinkled turmeric and black pepper on my Fit Cross burger from Wholly Cow. Next time, I think I’ll use a little less turmeric. Or maybe I’ll even make the patty myself, with the turmeric mixed into the meat. I just don’t know where to find those humongous mushroom buns that Wholly Cow uses.  BurgerWithTurmeric

The week started out with a trip to the ER, but seeing the last Blues on the Green concert of 2016 with good friends helped me to recover, as did Friday’s news. A week that ends in conference travel plans, KeVita’s turmeric ginger tonic, and a grass-fed, mushroom capped burger is a fantastic week in my book (or should I say blog?)!

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2 thoughts on “Health Status Update

  1. I’m so glad to hear about these positive test results!!! And your upcoming trip to the conference! And everything else! Great post and great news and great graphics 🙂 🙂 🙂 I look forward to reading your thoughts about a vegan diet too!

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