“You’ll die of old age…”
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=old+woman&iid=308299″ src=”0305/0000305020.jpg?adImageId=12894610&imageId=308299″ width=”380″ height=”265″ /]I got my brain scan and torso scan today. Preliminary results are in on the brain scan (final on Thursday). There’s nothing new (yay!). The two lesions that were treated in August ’09 are completely gone — or at least not detectable on the MRI. That’s very good news as some treated lesions shrink to a certain point and then lurk until they gain enough energy to come back later.
I also have two lesions that showed up in January. They’ve grown again — preliminary estimate is 1 to 2 mm growth, so they’re about 4 to 5 mm each now. In order to be treated they have to be 6mm. Given the slow growth and the good response of the other lesions I have been granted three whole months without getting my brain scanned. That’s extremely good news for me as the scans and waiting for results make me very tense. My blood pressure was 151/99 today. Bad. Even with the chemo it’s been maintaining at 120/80 except when I’m waiting for scan results.
I will, though, have to get the SRS (gamma knife) again to treat these two lesions as they seem to be on a growth trend, albeit a lazy growth trend. I shared with the doctor (my sister calls him Dr. Hope) that I’m afraid of the brain lesions as I’ve become acquainted with several people online who have died of metastases to the brain — quite suddenly. He said, “You’ll die of old age before these lesions kill you.” Meaning that if they continue their lazy habit we’ll get them before they get me. So pray for continued laziness on their part and that nothing else shows up. Also keep in mind that he was speaking only of the brain lesions. Should the cancer spread to some other vital organ — say the liver, pancreas, etc. — then the story is quite a different one. That’s the thinking behind chemo; it kills the free-floating cancer cells so they can’t land elsewhere.
Dr. Hope also glanced at the C/T of my torso just because I asked him if he could log in and look. He did take a look and said that even though he’s not an expert at reading scans of that area, they don’t look remarkable. That means there’s still a lung lesion, but it hasn’t grown or at least hasn’t grown much. There were a couple of other spots that someone in radiology had put markers on, but he didn’t know what they were. Keep in mind that there was no written report from a radiologist on this scan yet, so the unremarkable news could change.
I have no idea what this all means as far as the next steps. Hank and I will find out more on Thursday. Meanwhile, give thanks to God and continue praying for wisdom and healing.