About nine months ago, I had my semi-annual physical,
& I had an increase in my white blood cells,
so my Doctor made an appointment with an oncologist.
The oncologist took a bone marrow biopsy,
& the results showed that I have Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, (CLL).
They call CLL the friendly cancer. Many people live a long life with this condition.
He then set me up for a CT scan of my lungs,
& abdomen to see what could be causing my problem.
The scan showed some enlarged Lymph nodes in my stomach, but the
biggest surprise was a growth in my left lung.
So I had to have another CT scan for a biopsy in my lung.
The biopsy showed negative cancer cells,
but they say that with a needle biopsy , a cancer cell can be missed.
My doctor compared this to poking a needle into a blueberry pie, you can miss the berries.
After that, I had to have an Arthroscopic ultrasound of my stomach, entering through my
mouth. They took a biopsy which also showed no cancer.
My oncologist then recommended that I have a CT scan every 3 months in order to keep a watch on it.
Three months ago I was told that I had Mesothelioma,
which is considered a terminal disease.
A person usually lives only about a year after being diagnosed with this.
My oncologist said he wouldn’t do any chemo-therapy,
because I was feeling so good. He said chemo would make me very sick.
He decided to wait, & keep an eye on it, & have another CT scan in 3
The last scan showed that the mass in my lung had shrunk to about half
its size, so he told me I don’t have cancer, because cancer never shrinks,
unless you’re taking chemo, or radiation.
The Doctor couldn’t explain the reason for this, but sometimes this happens.
He jokingly asked if I had gone to another doctor for chemo-therapy,
but then he said it must be Barb’s home cooking.
Barb, & I know that our prayers were answered.
I’d also like to say that I haven’t felt ill in all of this time, since the discovery of my malady.
TO TOP IT ALL OFF!
I had cataract surgery a few weeks ago,
& I’m having an eye exam this Friday, so i can get a new prescription.
It’s real hard doing this typing when I can’t see very well yet.
I’m hoping the new glasses correct this problem.
WE”VE BEEN PUTTING OFF SHARING THIS ABOUT MY HEALTH,
UNTIL WE GOT THIS GOOD NEWS
WE FEEL A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE SHARING THIS NOW.
BARB, & I ARE THRILLED, & LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR FUTURE YEARS TOGETHER!!
-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1