Six Months and Six Months and Six Months . . . (Spoiler alert — there is a happy ending)

My leash to Sloan Kettering is still pretty short. I have follow up mammograms, sonograms and appointments with my chemo oncologist and surgeons office every six months. I’m 2 years and 8 months out from my surgery. Six months ago my mammography result was “Probably benign. You should have another mammogram in six months to see if there are any changes”. As I got closer to this six month follow up that report came closer and closer to the forefront. And the worst case scenario happened. “Suspicious. There may be a tumor in your right breast. We recommend that you have a biopsy”.

So – can I have a biopsy today? No.

And here’s what I have a hard time wrapping my head around. My options were a one week wait for an appointment in NYC. A two week wait for an appointment at MSK Monmouth and a one month wait for an appointment at MSK Basking Ridge! Not just about the wait but the fact that there are that many people needing biopsies. What the f*ck is going on???

The next hit on this parade … a stereotactic core biopsy. Look it up. All I’m going to say is, not fun.

Fast forward. The week’s wait passes. I alternate between being positive because the size hasn’t changed in six months (my cancer was grade 3 / fast growing) to fatalistic. Recently I’ve had a good acquaintance die, another enter hospice care and heard about far too many new cancer diagnosis among people who have led healthy and active lives.

Fortunately the predicted 3 to 5 business days for results ended up only taking two days. Late Friday afternoon my phone rang. Answering was difficult since I was holding my breath. Results … benign! “We found calcifications and changes due to treatment and surgery. We are satisfied the results are correct”.

I hate that cancer has such a place in my life. I love that I have such wonderful friends and family who are there for me. Retail therapy and sushi are wonderful distractions

Here’s to the next six months.

One Reply to “Six Months and Six Months and Six Months . . . (Spoiler alert — there is a happy ending)”

  1. Moira no details necessary but unfortunately I found myself on that very same merry -go -round for 5 years post first cancer and treatment . After that I made the hardest decision but in doing so found myself in the throes of the unexpected once again . Yes you guessed it I heard those words
    Soon following once the actions I took I was never more relieved that I’d done what I swore I didn’t want to and have been living free of disease except for a minor glitch elsewhere I did however find my silver lining . There is Hope . There is love and a network support. You continue to inspire many of us and are totally rocking it !!!❤️🤗🙏💪
    Merry Christmas and A Happy Healthy New Year.🎉🎉🎉

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