Cancer Countdown

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Last Updated on May 18, 2023 by ADMIN-TOM

Today is the 18th of May 2023. In a few short days (days that will not be short, but terribly long) I will learn if I have defeated cancer and be cancer free.

On 23rd May at 11am I have an appointment with my Oncologist who will reveal the truth. I know, I’m making it sound dramatic. Well, it is a thing of drama for me. Especially since my last biopsy was three weeks ago. It’s been a long time coming to find out if I’m cancer free.

Time is the overriding factor with cancer. There is always the interminable wait after blood tests and biopsies. The wait for the next doctor’s appointment, and the wait between chemotherapy or radiotherapy sessions. It’s a waiting game designed to make for a stressful period for the patient and their family. It’s been almost a year since I was diagnosed with Lymphoplasmacytic Lymphoma, a rare form of Lymphoma. It being rare was no comfort but allowed for the odd quip which mainly fell on deaf ears.

You have probably formed a picture of forlorn hope with me sat looking out through a rain spattered window, sighing, and hoping, beyond hope, that my cancer has gone. Well, you would be wrong. Far from being an emotional and frustrated mess, from diagnoses to present day, I have never let my cancer get me down worry me. I look at it this way. There is no point in worrying. Worry has never solved a problem or cured a disease. Worry can lead to defeat. Positivity is the only way forward. Face your challenges with a smile.

And on that note, I’m off to bed, ready for the next day to be, I hope, one day closer to being cancer free.

Copyright © Tom Kane 2023

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