Friday a week ago, I met with my Oncologist Dr. D. to discuss the option for a possible trial medication for Stage 4 Bladder Cancer and possible Cancer Centers that could administer the trial. At this time, research on my part is taking place with regards to my future cancer care. Because I am currently recovering from my recent surgery, no future possible treatments will take place until after the next round of imaging tests; these will take place next month.
This past week I had a routine appointment with my Urologist Dr. P. to discuss my surgery recovery. Dr. P. is pleased with my recovery and we will have another follow-up appointment early April.
I also met with another Oncologist Dr. A. for a second opinion at a Cancer Center here in Pensacola. Dr. A. will meet with peers on his facilities tumor board to discuss possible options. He did indicate that one possible option is radiation. At this time, no decision will be made until after imaging tests are conducted next month.
This past Tuesday in my post ‘Seeking a Home Base’, I mentioned Gary and I are searching for a location to plant roots and use as our home base. A trip is planned in a couple of weeks and we will be visiting different locations that best meet our needs. The trip will also include visiting a major Cancer Center located in Tampa, Florida. A referral is submitted and a consultation appointment is in place.
Currently there is much planning taking place for a future move to a more permanent location and finding a new medical facility for my healthcare. As indicated a couple of days ago in my post ‘Exactly 1 Month‘, I am feeling good with my recovery. I will admit though, I do not feel excellent as I am having difficulties with some pain and other minor issues. I am not sure if they are related to the surgery or my cancer diagnoses and if over time I will overcome these minor issues.
I want to feel great every single day, and honestly, I do not. 7 weeks ago I had a very major surgery and I have to remind myself the recovery will take 2-3 months. I will be starting my 3rd month of recovery very soon and when it ends; my hope is the minor issues come to an end as well.
I have not felt great in a very long time and I miss those days when I felt healthy, active and invincible. I was truly happy those days and I feel they are gone for good. Am I being a little pessimistic and down? Yes, I am.
What do I have to look forward to in the coming weeks and months?
More recovery, a possible new location and new doctors with new ideas.
I hope also, I can look forward to feeling healthier, active, and invincible once again.