Those are perhaps the three best words I could have heard today. They were spoken by my nurse at RVH – just prior to my blood-test results were reviewed by the doctor.
“Any vomiting or nausea, Stacey?”
“Any pain or discomfort, Stacey?”
“Just my knees earlier on – but nothing serious.”
“Any other reaction?”
“You are doing very well – and you look great. I’ll get the doctor.”
I held my breath until Dr. Singh came into the room. “How are you? You look great!” said Dr. Singh.
“Thank-you. I feel great.” I replied to her.
“Well, Stacey, you blood-work looks good so we can go ahead with chemo on Wednesday. Your platelets continue to go down and your CA-125 is about one-third of what is was when we first started treatment. It looks like you are responding well to the chemo-therapy.”
I think I almost peed my pants with joy with those words.
“Could you lie down for me so I can check your abdomen?”
Up I got – and thanked the Lord it was not another internal exam. Dr. Singh poked around my abdomen. “There is no swelling here. Your tummy is flat and soft.” said Dr. Singh. “That’s good. Swelling is not a good sign.”
“Well…” I said. “I’m happy then that my stomach is flat and soft!” I said in my outside voice. “That’s the first time that I’ve been happy to have a “soft” stomach!” I said in my head. Again – I could have peed my pants!!!! Is it okay to be so optimistic? Should I be happy?
Damn right I should. It looks like things are moving forward the way they are supposed to be moving. I still have a long way to go – maybe more chemo than the next one – maybe surgery – but at “least” I am making progress!!!!! And – I look fabulous!