May 27, 2016

NEW BEGINNINGS

I created my blog about 2 years ago and had only written a handful of posts before our lives were drastically altered.

It began one morning in April when Blair, my spouse, awakened with a lump on his neck about the size of a golf ball. We never really gave it much thought and he decided to go to work and visit the doctor afterwards. During his appointment the doctor suggested to go straight to the hospital where they kept him for 3 days to run various tests and scans. After a stressful couple of days, we received the shocking news. The doctors diagnosed him with Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a type cancer that affects the lymphatic system.

Everything was a blur.

At the time he was only 32 and otherwise healthy. How could this happen to us? We had never even heard of this type of cancer before his diagnosis.

The last couple of years entailed numerous visits and stays to the hospital. His treatment consisted of 12 rounds of chemo, a stem cell transplant and 15 radiation therapies. The last of the healing process was completed in January.

He had his PET scan on May 16 as a follow up from the last of his treatment he had the beginning of this year and today we met with the oncologist to go over his results. We could tell it was going to be good news as soon as the doctor walked into the room as she had a smile on her face. She then proceeded to tell us there were no cancer cells that appeared on the scan and that Blair was in remission. We knew things were going well since his last treatment but this was the confirmation we needed. I think we were both in shock as first, almost to good to be true. It has taken a toll on the both of us these last couple of years and we finally had a sense of relief that this part of our lives is now behind us.

Going through this ordeal has changed my perspective on life dramatically. I appreciate being able to get out of bed every morning and still have my health intact. I realize time is indeed short and life can change from one day to the next. Therefore, I try to appreciate each and every day, even the unpleasant ones. I also place very little value on material items, unless the object has sentimental meaning, and more emphasis on experiences.

Even though this period of our lives was extremely difficult, we still consider ourselves lucky. We are fortunate enough to live in a country offering free healthcare and live in city providing quality care at a hospital specifically designed for Cancer patients. We also had the love and support of family and my place of employment were considerate of the circumstances, allowing me to work from home as needed. I will be forever grateful for all those who have helped us along the way.

I hope going forward that we will have plenty of adventures together documenting our journey on this little space of mine.

 

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