Believe it or not I was taken by surprise again with some potential bad news!! Ugh 😦 Interestingly enough I had an MRI scheduled while I was waiting for my biopsy report from Johns Hopkins. It took 2 weeks for the biopsy report to come back, or at least it took them that long to call me with the results. My oncologist called me on Thursday the 15th of October to tell me that the results from JH were benign and to come back to see him in a few weeks. The next day I was scheduled for an MRI which I could have cancelled at that point, but decided not to since I was having some weird body stuff going on. I spent 1 hour and 45 minutes in the tube with and without contrast which I had to get an IV for. It was grueling to say the least as they bolted my head down…grrrr That was Friday, by Wednesday I was SO anxious to get the results because it seemed a little too long for me to have to wait and I had emailed the surgeon the day before with no response!
I called the nurse at the surgeons office who ordered the MRI. He was supposed to remove the abnormal lymph nodes and wanted to see exactly what was what before he did. Anyway the nurse enthusiastically looked me up and then suddenly said….I am going to have to have the doctor call you. This is not my area of expertise!!! Right then I knew something was wrong. But who knows, right?! Right before I walked into Crunch to teach my spinning class the surgeon called me back…and that was the beginning of what could turn into cancer hell again :-((
Just by chance they found a lesion in my thoracic spine at the T3 which measures 1 cm. It suggests metastasis. Friday I am going into the hospital for a complete bone scan. 4 hours…15 minutes of injections and then 2:45 or so of letting it go throughout my whole body and finally 1 hour in the tube! They do a bone scan first to make sure it is not bone cancer which would be another primary cancer. Bone cancer doesn’t typically locate itself in one area. If it is no where else beside the T3 next test will be a biopsy. Biopsy of the spine is risky business. I am quite sure why they do the scan first.
I seriously wonder what would have happened to me had I not gotten the MRI! This may sound weird but I am not upset. I am hoping for the best but I am also prepared for the worst! I really do want to get a message out into the world though about this shitty disease called CANCER!!!!!
Now all of that being said…..My diet is better than ever! I have ramped up the juicing and am so glad I have because it just does make me feel so good. I found Wegman’s in Germantown and oh what a produce department they have. It is AWESOME:-) Today I juiced wheat grass that I bought there, broccoli, squash, zucchini, kale, apple and lemon. So good…really:-)
I would be lying if I said I had NO sugar but I have had minimal to almost none. Cancer LOVES sugar so I am going to starve the crap out of this lesion on my spine. And we will see who wins. I am still teaching all of my spinning classes as well as training TRX so it is not stopping me by any stretch. And if I am really lucky it will be some benign lesion and not cancer at all. So diet is critical here. Last night I made organic chili….SO good! I had organic grass fed beef. I probably won’t completely give up beef but I will only eat grass fed organic. And I really don’t eat it often.
So my friends this is the story. Let this be a story that might cause you to pause as you reach for that chocolate while really believing that this will never happen to you! It can happen to anyone at anytime unfortunately. If at all possible cut it off at the pass! Take charge of your life through diet and exercise. Also remember that alcohol is loaded with sugar. There is a direct link between alcohol and many cancers…breast being one of them.
Till next time get out those juicers….treat yourself to a vitamix! Go for a walk, run or come to my spinning class. Live like this is the last day you have. Be joyous, happy and use your sense of humor. If you don’t have one learn how to! Will keep you posted 🙂