Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The saga continues...and then there were 3

It is all a haze now the timing and the stories. So, I will stick to the facts and spare the drama. Blogging was a great way to keep everyone informed about my battle with cancer so I will use it to update my mother's and my aunt's conditions as well.

My Aunt Carol (my mother's sister) was diagnosed earlier this year with CLL. A rare form of leukemia/lymphoma. She is scheduled for PET scans every three months to monitor her condition. Fortunately, she does not need treatment at this time.

Today, my mother was officially diagnosed with stage III lung cancer that is inoperable. Fortunately, it is treatable with chemo and radiation. We are still awaiting a clarification on the staging that could change the staging and the treatment. The diagnosis is serious but a bit more manageable than we initially thought.

For those looking for an update on me, I technically have a positive PET registering with an SUV of 3. The doctors are optimistic that we will retroactively be able to call this period remission once I am at 5 years post stem cell transplant. With little to no activity over the past 2 years, we have decided to discontinue additional PET scans unless symptoms develop.


Kathy Bangle said...

Praying for you mother and you! Where does she live, I can't remember! I know she was such a source of strength for you during your treatments!

Cameron VSJ said...


I have a quick question about your blog, would you mind emailing me when you get a chance?