A letter has arrived, one of those letters that you look at and leave unopened for a few minutes. A letter from ‘the hospital’, not another appointment, not more information to try to assimilate? Neither of those – its good news, the surgeon writes that of the 10 nodes that were excised, none shows any sign of cancer. So, original site has been fully excised and nothing left there, sentinel nodes in armpit and groins – only one node was positive. In that area, full excision of nodes and no further evidence of metastasis. Thanks be to God, ticks all our boxes. No drain, no sutures, wounds healed, no impending surgery, just a visit to the lymphoedema clinic, and a sign off from the surgeon. There will be follow up CT scans, but we can tackle those on a ‘as and when ‘ basis. Our new normal has arrived. Steve will even have to go back to work!
So, celebratory lunch in the exemplary Windmill in Somersham. Great service and fabulous food. A necessary trip to Wildfrost (local florist) and the ‘must have’number plates for the Supra! Even booked the parking for airport for Barcelona trip (appears that this was on hold pending return to normal).
Talk about a new lease of life – Steve has cut the lawn, trimmed the much grown shrubs and generally tidied the garden. As well as that marathon walk to Budgen’s. My man is back; gone is the tetchy, stressed man – enter upright and bagless, the restored Steve. Biblical texts spring to mind!
I want you to know the part you have all played in this fabulous outcome. Every one of you that has read any section of this blog has played a part. Knowing that someone ‘out there’ cares enough to read about our lives means so much. To every one of you that has prayed with and for us, thank you, to everyone that has sent cards, good wishes, tissues, texts and emails, thank you. To strangers that we haven’t meant who have sent good wishes, thank you. To friends we see, thank you, thank you for taking the time to read this so that you are up to speed and know where we are. To our wonderful family thank you, thank you for the early early morning texts and for the late night texts. Thank you for love.
I still need you, I want to carry on blogging, this has been so important to me – the power of arranging my thoughts into some sort of order has been invaluable.
Journey with us – who knows what might happen next?