My radio-iodine scan and my blood work all came back negative, so it appears I’m cancer free for a second year since my diagnosis and surgery in July 2003. The week leading up to the scan was increasingly stressful. I had no reason to think my results would be anything but negative, but I had no reason to think I had cancer in the first place. There’s a bit of fear of the unknown leading up to the scan.
The wife of a co-worker also has follicular cancer, but after a number of years of being cancer free, hers has returned to lymph nodes and even a small bit to one of her lungs. Her experience reminds me that all things considered I’ve been lucky, and it reminds me how important it is to stick with my regular testing.
If I have one more negative scan next summer, I’ll be able to skip a couple of years until the next one.