During my appointment, I made the decision to ask the one question I have been putting off asking for the past 2 years. I asked it straight.... "How long have I got to live in my current status"... I was terrified to ask it and even more so to get the answer that I was sure would give me less that a year on this planet. The answer was a little unexpected but apart from being told I was cured, was the next best thing... "I truthfully cannot give you an answer that would be accurate. You are reasonably healthy apart from the slight increase in activity"
So there you go, I have plenty of time as it currently stands to pray for a cure and continue with as much healthy eating and exercise as my body will allow. Whilst I will be on treatment No 2 on Monday I need to get as fit as I can in order for my body to be able to tolerate the extreme treatments coming its way.
I have noted already something that didn't happen for 6+ months last time and that is my hair falling out....washing my hair in the shower this morning saw big handfuls dropping to the bottom of the shower....that head shaver Fran brought me for Christmas will be out and in action this coming weekend!
I am looking to get a Urology referral via my GPs due to the repeated urinary infections. I have been through 4 lots of anti-biotics and should get another 2 weeks supply on Monday when they should have the lab/culture results. The nurse who initially dip-tested my sample said the results were off the chart...I agreed as it is quite painful at times to go for a wee!
I have placed some 'details' below mainly for my blog records and for anyone that really wants to know a little more detail than usual.
Comparison was made using the previous MRI scan results from 11.05.2011 and CT scan results 28.02.2011
- Area of activity seen in the rectum has increased in size.
- No Para Aortic growths showing - therefore whilst still activity (hotspots) the activity has remained static.
- The liver shows an area of high activity at the site of the known metastasis - no other metastases showing.
Features are in keeping with local recurrence with spread into the right levator, and a liver metastasis that has increased in size.
- No evidence of Lung or Mediastinal (chest) lymphadenopathy (disease of the lymph nodes).
- A couple of small lung nodules are seen which remain unchanged since the previous CT.
- The Liver Tumour has increased in size to 3.8cm from 2.1cm
- No other Liver adhesions identified.
- Normal appearances of the spleen, pancreas, kidneys and adrenal glands.
- No para aortic lymphadenopathy.
- An incisional hernia noted in the right anterior abdominal wall.
- Increased activity and inflammatory change within the pelvis at the site of the anastomosis (intestinal join).
- No destructive bone lesions (damage)