Wednesday, June 20, 2018

OFFICIALLY CURED!!

I got the good news today from my oncologist:

I'm officially cured!

Last Monday I had a head and neck CT scan - I haven't had a scan in about 2 years, so this was just a "one last look" for any tumors.  That was clear!  I also had blood work done as I've had done several times a year over the past 5 years.  All good! So all signs point to continued remission!

With Hodgkin's Lymphoma, after 5 years in remission you're considered cured of the cancer.  That means my chances of getting Hodgkin's are about the same as yours.  I am at a higher risk of getting a secondary cancer as a result of my chemo and radiation, but that's still fairly unlikely considering I had a relatively small amount of treatment.

For those of you who are keeping track, I was diagnosed in July 2013 and finished treatment in November 2013.  So I'm technically about 5 months shy of 5 years in remission.  My oncologist felt comfortable calling this 5 years and cured since I was early Stage I at diagnosis and responded so well to my treatment.  I'm comfortable with it if she is!

If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, please do. I have an important message I want to share with each and every one of you.

After running the Indianapolis Mini Marathon (my 3rd half marathon) in May 2018

7 comments:

  1. Melissa, I've read your whole blog and appreciate the honest and optimistic way you told your story. You had me rooting for you all the way and I'm happy for your recovery. I discovered your blog while doing research for a novel in which one of the characters is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma. Would you be willing to contact me so I can make sure I write this part of the book accurately? My e-mail address is mail@amberfoxxmysteries.com
    Thanks for your time. Amber Foxx

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  2. So happy to read this!! You are amazinf and such an inspiration. I look forward to the rest of life like you do - you are so strong. Thank you very much for sharing this with us!! Take care!

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