I am so happy! It doesn't mean I don't need to be carved up and bombarded with poisonous chemicals during the rest of the year, but it does mean that I have a good chance of getting rid of the cancer completely.
The scan itself was uneventful, I was given an injection of radioactive isotopes and then sat for about an hour drinking pink water with contrast medium in it. Most people say it is awful, but I don't mind it much, it's pretty tasteless. Then I was called in to the PET scanner. I had to lie on a narrow bed with my arms over my head while the bed hummed and buzzed its way into a white tunnel. Kind of like being the hot dog in a big bun ( can you guess I had to fast for four hours before this?). Then it came out again, and that was that. Easy, painless, amazing.
I have been doing research into who survives cancer, and how, or why they do. I have come to some simple answers, and mean to implement them. The people who beat cancer;
- Exercise daily
- Reduce blood insulin levels by eating less simple carbohydrates ( a low GI diet)
- Keep stress levels down
Exercise is easy, I have started doing yoga seriously again, after too long. My whole body aches, but it deserves it anyway. I am walking too, about five kilometers a day.
As for stress levels, I'm pretty well off there too, no big stressors around. I'm living in a quiet, pleasant place where I can hear the birds singing in the morning. Actually singing is an understatement, they seem to have a competition for loudest bird every morning. I don't have to work if I don't feel like it, I have no money problems ( no money, no problems, you know...), and I have an understanding and supportive partner. So, I have nothing to complain about!