Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Another Joyous Announcement...

... to report that I had my 12-month mammogram, ultrasound and examination with my surgeon this morning; and I am clean as a whistle. The ultrasound is the worst: it's the most pleasant physical experience, but the most testing on the nerves as the sensor slides up and down and around over the gel, and presses in hard to get a good look at what's happening, deep down under the scar tissue, where it is still tender after radiotherapy. But no one could find anything out of the ordinary, so I am in the clear for another year, now. I felt as fit and healthy, and as confident that I had done everything I can to avoid a recurrence, while also knowing there's a large part of the risk factor over which I have no control at all. How would I have handled a recurrence? I'm glad not to be tested in this way, just now.

I asked Suzanne when, over the five years after surgery I am still receiving treatment, and still at risk, the chances were greater of recurrence. She said over 80% of recurrence is found in the second or third year. So I guess it's early days yet.

Even so, we polished off a rather nice Jacob's Creek sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir as we were reading about the parable of the vineyard in Pearl in the Middle English reading group just now. Time to nip out for a foccaccia and a strong coffee before the rest of the afternoon's work.

Just a year ago I found we had missed out on our grant and that I had breast cancer in the same week. A year later, what a joyful contrast. So... strength and solidarity and warm wishes to anyone else facing up the rigours of the grant system and/or of medical tests. May my good news be yours, too.

10 comments:

Pavlov's Cat said...

My dear, that is fabulous. Have had my fingers crossed for you all morning, which made packing my suitcase quite tricky.

Philip said...

All of this great news has me beaming, Stephanie - wonderful wonderful wonderful.

J J Cohen said...

It just keeps on coming! Congratulations x2, excellent, excellent.

Suse said...

Two posts of happiness.

Congratulations.

Zoe said...

Double yay!

Gryphon said...

Congratulations on both counts! May there be many more good things to come.

WhatLadder said...

Wooooooot!

lucy tartan said...

Congratulations.

Sashi said...

I'm so happy for you, Stephanie. Congratulations on both fronts.

genevieve said...

Lovely news, Stephanie. Brava.