I wanted to share.
I was supposed to go for my 5 year colonoscopy last year, but, due to Covid, the doctors recommended I wait. Plus, I haven't had a really good physical since 2017, because the last time I went, my Mom passed away. I couldn't bring myself to make the 6 hour drive - for all the memories that would flood back. But I was ready to go back last year.
I was getting a bit nervous, because I've had some friends who delayed appointments and their cancer came back - so I knew I had to go - Covid or no Covid. If Covid didn't get me - my cancer could came back.
So when I went back this year - all the stars aligned. I was able to get my Covid shot and had my second one with more than two weeks to spare before my appt.
I booked my hotel in Feb "Hilton Garden Inn" for less than $70 a night.
My car is a 1995 Corolla, so I got a rental car for a week for $200.
So the drive there was beautiful!!! Sunny skies, leaves were green through the country - and a decked out car with a lot more bells and whistles then they had in 1995.
I was a bit worried about my prep - but I took down notes this year. I can't drink that much and usually throw it up. This year I threw up quite a bit. Normally water comes out at the end, but this time is was gatorade - so I was nervous. I think now that I'm getting older, it's harder for me to keep it down. I mean, it's been 17 years of this.
The PA took notes and wrote in my record to slow my drinking rate to 30 minutes for my next one. Yay!!
So I go in, and all is well!!! YAY!!! And I had a great prep to boot!!! YAY!!!
And then I had my slew of other appts!!! Blood work and everything looks great!!! YAY!!!!
And I'm going to turn 60 this year - with no complaints. I told myself when I was dx'd at 43 - that I looked forward to living and I would have no complaints about getting older. In Jan I was feeling a little funny about it, but I called my friends and let them know they needed to get me something this year for my birthday - even if it was just a birthday card in the mail.
So I'm looking forward to my 60th birthday!!! And better yet, My Mom and I were supposed to watch the Olympics together in 2020 - because it's in Tokyo, where my Mom is from. So they announced that the Olympics will take place the day after my birthday.... Well close enough!!! What a great year 2021 has turned out to be for me. Even more so when you consider I was only supposed to live for 6 months but I could have died at any minute!!!
Celebrate Life I say!!!
PS - Thanks for putting up with me and letting me brag about my good fortune!!!
As long as you're alive, there is hope.
dx 7/04 stage IV
colon resection 8/04
liver resection 9/04 with HAI pump installed
Stage II trial w irinotecan as systemic and FUDR for direct chemo to liver via HAI pump
Cured since 9/04