Gday butt-buddies, hope you’re all well.
It’s been a while since I’ve been on here (is that a bad thing?) but just wanted to share some good, non-cancer related news.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned what I do, but I am a prosecutor for the state of New South Wales (Sydney is the state capital).
My job involves determining appropriate charges, running hearings in our local court (no juries) and instructing Crown Prosecutors in jury trials.
I had had a fairly rapid progression through the ranks which stalled when I was diagnosed. I couldn’t apply for promotions because I couldn’t guarantee that I wouldn’t be doubled over from chemo etc etc
Last year I finally had the chance to apply for the promotion and to be blunt, I bombed the interview. I walked into it thinking that for some reason, because of my illness and how I’d dealt with it all that I was somehow ‘owed’ the promotion. Talk about a healthy dose of hubris.
Earlier this year I reapplied, and I walked out of the interview feeling good. I didn’t ace it, but I owned it and made the panel sit up and listen.
Yesterday I was formally appointed to my new position. It is a huge leap both in terms of pay, but also responsibility.
Anyways, at the risk of bragging (and I accept it is a brag haha), I just wanted to share some good news.
Dx Oct '15 w/ Stage 3c RC/ CEA 8
Nov '15 - Jan '16: 3x FOLFOX and 5wks Chemoradiation w/ Xeloda
March '16: ULAR w/ temp ileostomy
Complete pathological response incl 0/12 nodes
May - Aug '16: 9x FOLFOX (dropped Oxaliplatin for final Rd due to neuropathy)
Clear CT scans in April ‘16 (NED), Dec ‘16, Aug ‘17, Feb ‘18, March ‘19
Feb '17: Ileostomy reversed
CEA Post Surgery: ALWAYS 2