Well, 2012 is almost over. It was the year in which I lost my port and my boobs and regained NED status – that is, no evidence of disease. Why do I say regain? Because none of us knows what we might have lurking in the shadows….
I am delighted to say that I have no evidence of disease – that’s NED. I just had my last 3 month followup of 2012 a few days back, and Tara, the physicians assistant that I see every other time, told me that they are excited about the parp inhibitors, which I had during the taxol/carboplatin phase of my chemotherapy. The downside? They don’t know what long term side effects to expect. Anyway, I’ll continue seeing them every three months for a total of three years.
The health care team told me that they consider the start of my followup care as the moment of last treatment – that is – my bilateral mastectomy. I feel like it should be earlier than that because – on scans – I was NED during the fall of 2011!!!! So, I feel a little cheated in a way… But, I can deal.
Today’s my birthday, and the day’s gotten off to a great start – bike ride along the river… breakfast with fun friends… now chilling for a bit at home… New skis and boots from Tre and Cheryl – fun! Not sure what will be happening this afternoon and evening… another bike ride.. maybe skiing… couple of parties tonight… bike race… it’s a beautiful sun shiny day here. Reasonably warm by Minnesota standards. All around, a good day I think!
Here’s to a happy, peaceful, and healthful 2013!