So I never realized just how anxious I was going to be for a follow-up CT scan until the actual day it was happening. I had told my parents that there was no reason for them to go since I work down in OKC and would be driving down there for work that Monday morning anyways. Plus, wouldn’t know the results that day. However, I have not been to any kind of doctor’s appointment by myself since all of this began back in January. I went to the appointment that morning and had to be there an hour early so I could drink this huge jug of “lemonade flavored substance” that was obviously medicated. Well that is when my nerves set in. I had an hour of alone time to just think of all the possible “what-if’s. The test itself lasted about 15 minutes and was no big deal but made me feel really lousy for the rest of the day. I learned that I should not go to any type of doctor’s appointment alone again, results or no results.
While I was already very anxious and nervous for the rest of the day and the following day, I then read a blog that I read quite often and learned of a girl who lives only 30 minutes from me who had passed away that day. She had been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2007, had chemotherapy treatment, was cured, and the disease came back on a later PET scan. I am not sure of the events that followed but sadly, she lost her battle this year. This not only made me very sad for her and her family, but also made me even more anxious about my results. Please keep her family in your prayers. This young girl was only 22 years old with so much life ahead of her! 😦
Now, I will tell you about my CT scan results. Last Wednesday, Dr. Armor said the words that I hope to hear many more times in my future. He said “your CT scan was clear!!” I can’t tell you how much relief I felt when I heard those words. It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. He did however explain that after having Hodgkins Lymphoma, I will always have lymph nodes that are enlarged in some areas of my body. He informed me that they would keep close watch on those so they would know if anything abnormal were to occur. I also learned that I can get my port out on September 28! Although I am not thrilled about having another surgery, I can’t wait to finally get this thing out of me!! Please pray that the surgery will go smoothly and my scar will be minimal.
God has been oh so good! I am still loving my rotation at OU Medical Center and continue to get compliments frequently about how cute my “short hair cut” is! I love that they have no idea what the first six months of this year entailed for me. 🙂 I have really been enjoying catching up with old friends who also live in OKC. It is so good to be able to live life and not have to worry about being around other people. I am still careful and cautious if people are sick because my white blood cell count still isn’t back to normal but I don’t refrain from doing most things.
I am getting excited about going to some OSU football games soon and hopefully some OKC Thunder games this fall as well! 🙂 Also, Will and I are taking his parents back to my hometown at the beginning of October and I am really looking forward to that. My parents are going as well and my dad is preaching that Sunday which is very exciting! I can’t believe that my final rotation is already 1/4 of the way over and I’m almost ready to get a “big girl job!” I also learned this week that I will be able to take my national board exam in January which is such a blessing! Please pray that I will know where I am supposed to get a job and witness to those that don’t know about our wonderful Savior!
Thanks so much for your continued prayers, love, and support! I couldn’t have done it without you all! It’s so exciting to me that the end of this chapter in my life is finally in sight! Psalm 40:11 states “You oh Lord will not withhold your compassion from me; your loving kindness and your truth will continually preserve me.” He is so great, all you have to do is trust in Him!