"It looks great!" as said by my oncologist, Dr. Needles. He read the MRI report and said that the scan compared to the November 2006 scan was great! I questioned him whether that was a good idea to compare from that long ago or should it have been compared to the Siteman March / April scans. He said that it was actually better that it was compared to November due to the fact that a person can have gradual growth and it sometimes doesn't show from scan to scan (given that the scans were only 1 month apart in the spring). He was so chipper today. A much needed sigh of relief came from me after he answered all my questions.
I am changing radiation oncologist to be at St. John's as well. Dr. Julie Mai will oversee my care. She has in the past done care down at Siteman and Dr. Needles thought it best to see her or one other in that same practice. I have a consultation appointment with her on Monday, June 25. I needed to get in to see her prior to the July 1 increased insurance copay ($30 instead of $50). Dr. Needles thought it was a good idea to switch over. I am not sure I will see much of any radiation oncologist since I will be under the watchful eye of Dr. Needles every 3 months. Of course, I really don't know what will be happening in the months to come. I have learned that much thus far. My time is really not my time anymore.
The next MRI will be on Tuesday, September 11 with a follow up doctors appointment on that Thursday the 13th.
Looking forward to enjoying the rest of summer cancer free!
PS - Sorry for no poem this time. I wasn't feeling too creative today.