Cancer check ups are one of a number of things in life about which it can be said, that everyone should have to go through one to know how lucky they are if they’ve never had to do so.
Since I’ve shared some bad news in the past, I feel compelled to let my readers know that my first follow up appointment following Bladder cancer surgery last December, at Cleveland Clinic on Monday, turned up no sign of cancer with no need for follow up for the next year.
Cancer is such a pervasive and devastating disease that it impacts you tremendously in the days leading up to any check up. There of course is the loss of sleep that comes with wondering about how a bad diagnosis would change your life, but there’s more to it than that.
You find yourself saying things like “Remember next year that you have to do this or that” or “If I’m not here these are the things you’ll have to know”
Because cancer survivors often are revisited by the disease you almost feel bad about telling others of your good report, because you know that in that same building, on that same day, others were hearing very different news. I’ve never been on probation but I do feel like I’ve dodged a bullet at least for now.
All I know is that for 8,760 hours I don’t have to worry about another check up.
I’m pumped about that. That’s the way I see it.