Friday, February 17, 2012

Another bump in the road...

It will soon be a year since Reid had the stem cell transplant to cure his Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Everything had been going well until his last PET scan about six or eight weeks ago. At that time a lymph node under his arm lit up on the scan. The doctor told us that it's not unusual and can happen with a cold, sore throat, or even a scratch on the arm. However, because of his history of Hodgkin's it would have to be watched. He said normally Hodgkin's will reappear where it's been before and it was not in this lymph node in the past. Based on that he said there was probably an 80% chance it was not the cancer.

However, Reid found out on Wednesday that the last CT scan showed that the lymph node had increased in size and they now want to biopsy it. We're kind of assuming it will probably be done next week, but so far it hasn't shown up on his online schedule.

Around the hospital are signs that say, "Cancer Changes Everything" and it really does. You just can't ignore anything anymore and you pretty much live from scan to scan. I've said before that I try and stay in the moment. If I dare to let my mind race ahead imagining all sorts of scenarios that may or may not happen I can't enjoy the moment. That's what Reid tells me he does too. He tries not to worry until he knows for sure there is something to worry about.

So for now we're going to try and stay in the moment until we know more for sure.







6 comments:

  1. Oh Betty! I hate to hear this but like you said it might not be a return of his cancer. I know you are on pins and needles over this though because it is hard not to be. I'm hoping and praying that it has something to do with him getting the flu after the cruise. I will keep your family in my prayers.

    Hugs,
    Angela

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  2. Hi Betty, so sorry to hear this. Sending big hugs your way and will keep you in my prayers.
    Big hugs

    Eva

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  3. Betty, I always include Reid in my prayers and now I'll say extra ones for him and you!

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  4. I was holding my breath as I read this post....now I'm saying a prayer that it's an infection and not cancer...
    Keeping Reid and you all in my prayers.

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  5. Oh Betty, this is unsettling news .... just keep staying in the moment and know that you have us out here in blogland sending prayers ...

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  6. Betty - like the rest of your friends - I am going to be thinking and praying for you. Gosh this cancer is an awful thing. I'm praying for all of you! sandie

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