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I've stopped by here and there the last few months without much time to comment. Work slowed down so I'm reclaiming my time. First, I had an appointment with Super Doc last Thursday and I remain NED. Because I've been NED almost 5 years, Super Doc moved me to annual scans. I'm not going to lie; I'm a little nervous about that.

I was floating along on my good news until Monday morning. A classmate from junior high/high school/college died as a result of her stage IV lung cancer. She was diagnosed after me with the exact same type but she just couldn't get past it. There are definitely a lot of why questions running through my head. A few classmates reached out to me because they knew her death would hit me differently. Just another loss to cancer from our small glow-in-the-dark cancer-causing hometown. 

I leave for a 10 day cruise next week with another friend from my hometown and yes, she is also dealing with cancer. Anyway, it's a long overdue trip for us. We kept saying we'd go next year, and then the next year. Last fall, her treatment put her in the hospital 3 times and she nearly died the last time she was in the hospital. We booked soon after!

 

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Susan,

Do enjoy that cruise!

The annual scan milestone can be disconcerting, but I still get them annually. However, I no longer require the infused contrast so my low-dose CT is a piece of cake. Any time I can dodge an IV is a good time for me!

Stay the course and steer that ship to the best of times.

Tom

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Susan,

Such great news!  Congratulations on your NED.  Like you I was concerned when I went to an annual scan (last year) and have some of the same feelings this year, but it makes sense to lengthen the time at the appropriate time.  Anyway, have fun, enjoy your trip and each day given you.  Living is the goal and I pray your friend is able to share in your NED for her situation.

Lou

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Cancer affects everyone differently. I’m so sorry to hear of your classmate passing but happy for your NED and moving to annual scans. Glad also to hear that you and your friend are finally taking that cruise. Enjoy!

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Amazing news, and what a nIce trip to celebrate! I get the scan frequency anxiety, my oncologist changed me to every 6 months and it will be even more given the circus we call Cancer Centre in Vancouver and my head goes in so many directions as I wait but trying to remind myself that it is because they seem confident. Congrats!

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