Ok, here we are again, claiming victory. This time we really mean it.
I've had lots of advice from people since my diagnosis of testicular cancer. The most frequent advice is to take it one day at a time. I'm starting to understand it now, because just when you think you've got cancer beat, it throws another curve ball at you.
For example, my oncologist Dr. James Choi, claimed victory after I was done with chemo(turned out he was right), but we had to wait six weeks for the results of a CT scan. The scan showed a tumor remaining so we had to go in and get it out. After my surgery on Monday, they had to test the tumor and surrounding lymph nodes that were removed and see if there was any cancer remaining. More agonizing waiting. If there was cancer detected, I would have had to go back for more surgery, and maybe more chemo, yikes.
The tumor ran about 5 inches down along my aorta and a few inches to the right along my renal artery. My surgeon, Dr Erik Castle of Mayo Clinic Phoenix, is a miracle worker. I should have lost a kidney over this, but he cleaned me up.
Fortunately, there is no remaining cancer. It's gone. Hopefully forever, but if not that's okay. I'll be ready for another fight if necessary. In the meantime, we're just taking it one day at a time.
Thanks again for the outpouring of support. We all did this together.