~Living my Life with Lymphoma~
I had my appointment today with my hematologist. He walked into the room and said “This is a puzzle. I’ve been thinking of you and your case for a few days now, ever since I got the biopsy report back.” He said it doesn’t show any evidence of lymphoma. He was surprised because the PET scan lit up in that area. It mostly shows scar tissue and some other cells, but not lymphoma. He said as there is such a thing as a false positive for PET scans, there is also such a thing as false negatives for biopsies, but for now, not to worry.
In any event, I’ve been put on a monitoring program where I’ll have another PET scan at the end of April. Meanwhile, I will rejoice in this little break from the madness, and continue on with my life. We’ve been invited to three parties during the next three weeks, and now I can RSVP saying I can’t wait to go! I will embrace this break and treat it like it’s the divine gift that it is.
I’m lost for words and not able to describe the depth of my gratefulness and gratitude for the prayers, positive words, encouragement, humor, cards, gifts, and the willingness to travel along with me during this past year. I can only say that I will pay the goodness forward every chance I have because I know first-hand how important it is to hold others up during their darkest days.
I’ve been reading a book on survivors of lymphoma put together by author Jamie Reno, who is also a 15 year survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Forty people tell their stories and why they think they’ve survived and stayed alive.
As the book’s names implies, it has given me much hope.