I got the good news today that I am definitely in remission. The node has shrunk and there is no other sign of metastatic cancer. It is such a feeling of relief to know that for a while at least my life can return to something like normal. I will still be carrying on with the Herceptin but the side effects of the Vinorelbine(Navelbine) should soon fade. The other good news is that my echocardiogram of my heart showed really good heart function LVEF which means the herceptin hasn’t affected my heart even though I’ve been on it for over a year and a half with only 4 months off.
I didnt get to see Dr H today -just one of his registrars but the plan is that they will schedule me for 3weekly herceptin and see me in 3 months time unless anything worries me before then. I will probably have a CT scan at the 6 month mark just to be sure that nothing is growing even if I’ve had no symptoms. This means I can get on with planning my July trip to Samoa and being able to feel more well and concentrate better at Uni
I bought my next milestone cancer bead to commemorate finishing my vinorelbine and achieving remission. Michael Hill Jewellers have put out a watch bead that can be threaded onto the charm bracelet and that is what I got for this milestone. I thought it reflects perfectly the fact that being in remission means that I have got time to do the things I want in life. I hope that I have enough time that my other bracelet gets more beads on it than the cancer bead one.
I will keep on writing Get out Gertrude posts like I did the last time I was in remission just so you get to see how Im adjusting to ‘normal’ life again. I think I am in a better headspace this time around as OH described his thoughts on it this morning as “Que sera,sera” – “what ever will be,will be” and thats how I feel too. There is no guarantee that the cancer wont come back again – in fact its more likely to than not having had one recurrence already but I will deal with it if or when it happens and try not to stress too much in between times. I am still classed as being in active treatment because of the ongoing herceptin treatments every three weeks and I will have to time holidays etc round that but other than that -life is going to be good!!!