Who would have thunk it. I never thought having arthritis in my hip at the age of 47 would ever be classed in the good news catergory – but not only I, but other people I have shared this news with, have had the same reaction
“that’s’ good news”…”Awesome” …”yay” …”Great news” … “yea” … “hooray”…”so glad” … “phew”….and widespread “liking” of the news as my facebook status was the general gist of the feedback I got when I broadcast this news by cellphone text, twitter, facebook etc. Sure there were a few “shame about the arthritis” and similar statements tucked on as an afterthought. But why this general celebration of arthritis as good news?
Because the alternative they were looking for in the scans was metastatic spread of my Inflammatory Breast Cancer to the bones in my hip, and compared to that, arthritis IS good news.
Other good news received yesterday from tests
Echocardiogram of my heart (to check for loss of function due to herceptin) – GREAT!!
Head MRI – CLEAR!
Chest, abdomen and pelvis CT scan – (apart from arthritic changes in both hips – right one being more advanced than my left )- everything else CLEAR!
They are still not sure what was causing my headaches and dizzy spells but as the doctor I saw (one of Dr H’s underlings) said we do know it isn’t cancer and that is a good thing.
They will do another chest/abdomen and pelvis scan in a few months time and echocardiogram in about in about 9 weeks. They are keeping a very close eye on me. The doctor said they hope to keep me in remission for a very long time.
I think I can live with that ♥ both literally and figuratively ♥
P.S even with all the comfort eating I’ve been doing lately I’ve only put on 1kg – thats pretty good news too!