Two days after the PET/CT scan was my bone scan. Same drill, except this time I had to wait three hours between having the radio-active material injected into my body and the actual scan. I came prepared with my lap top, snacks, chargers, and camped out in the ‘patient relaxation center’. Ha…. who names these places!?!? This scan took an hour, and was less claustrophobic as I lay on a special table, and watched the machine slowly rotate and move literally 2 inches from my body. It was a little weird when scanning my head, as the machine is literally 2 inches from your body at all times, I had trouble breathing, and you have to lie painfully still. I just closed my eyes and fought to take my mind to a happy place.By far the worst part of the scans was being in the nuclear medicine facility. It’s filled with worried people… some clearly very sick, some look seemingly healthy, but every single patient and patient caregiver had that unmistakable smell of apprehension and fear that clings to the walls of these places. F-cancer!The AMAZING news is all of the scans came back clear and free of hot-spots. Technically, I was cancer free! We were not expecting any surprises, but to be honest, after 4 months of bad news being delivered by doctors, you sort of brace yourself for the worst just in case.Reflecting on my team of breast surgeon, reconstructive surgeon, nurses, recovery room doctors, anesthesiologist, breathing specialists, phlebotomists, radiology specialist, imaging specialist, cancer facilitator, medical oncologist, mammogram technician, biopsy doctor, ultrasound technician, oncology nurse, oncology scheduler, surgical oncologist, physical therapist, lymphoma therapist, nuclear specialists, clinical trial research doctors, first/second/third/fourth/fifth opinions with various specialists, receptionists, and the many more people I met along the journey, I feel truly truly grateful and humbled. There’s nothing like an unexpected dose of cancer to bring you to your knees, and these amazing people took care of me every step of the way. To think they do this every day and touch so many lives is truly amazing.Hot Hubby, you were so freaking amazing. But that’s no surprise. You are just the kindest person ever, which is why I married, you. Your unfaltering and unconditional love, support, kindness and care for me, is one of the biggest life lessons ever you have modeled for our boys. We are all so lucky to have you.
I’m a travel and health writer, digital and brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two active boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising teenage boys, family life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.