My Adventures Continue…


1/11/13 – I went for my CT Scan today. I will get the results on the 15th. Over the years I have gotten very good and keeping myself busy as I wait for my scan results. There is no doubt that the wait could simply drive you crazy. I look at it like this; if I can only keep my mind occupied the time will pass before I know it.
For some reason these results have me more on edge than in the past. This is probably because I have recently learned that a couple of the people that were in the Mantle Cell study that I am in have fallen out of remission. Well, I can only hope and pray that all is fine with me.
1/15/13 – My wife and I arrived at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical a little early. I was feeling very relaxed and confident. I got to the lab for my blood work I was in and out in no time. We than proceeded up to Dr. Guy’s office and we were escorted to a checkup room right away. Could it be that I was going to get through my appointment in less than an hour? NO CHANCE!!!  Dr. Goy must have been pulled in to an emergency and we ended up waiting well over an hour. I never complain about waiting for Dr. Goy because I would much rather waiting than being the person he was called away to attend to.
When Dr. Goy finally made it to us his first questions to me were:·         “Do you feel pain?”·         “Do you have a cough?” ·         “Are you having difficulty breathing?”These are not the type of questions that he usually starts off with. It did make me think. I was also sensing that my wife Sue was not comfortable where this was leading. Dr. Goy then explained that in reviewing my scans that they did see a mass in my chest that concerns him. In addition, it was in the exact spot of one of my original tumors. The mass measured 5 centimeters. Dr. Goy said that he wanted me to get it biopsied ASAP and he wanted to see me back within the next 2 weeks. He also, stressed, for us not to worry. We need to take things one step at a time. AND, if this end up to be Mantle Cell Lymphoma, they have excellent treatments available to me. More than likely I would be pulled into another study group... BUT let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. I need to first get the biopsy and meet with him to discuss the results. I will be getting contacted by the hospital with when the biopsy is scheduled over the next day or so and my follow-up with Dr. Goy will be on Tuesday, February 26th.
I guess my abilities to keep myself busy and not drive myself crazy waiting will certainly be tested over the next couple of weeks.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. (Psalm 3)
More to come…

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