Although I technically have 16 more days to go before my actual bone marrow transplant anniversary (woohoo!), this past week I ventured over to the survivorship clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for my 16 year cancer check-up.
|A little over 16 years ago…|
Yes, I am considered a survivor but the funny thing about being a leukemia-survivor (as with many cancers), is that you never really go back to ‘normal.’ The last time I saw a general practitioner for anything other than a referral to a cancer center was well over 16 years ago, as my oncologist and team of physicians at Dana-Farber now address all of my health needs. I have a cardiologist (heart issues), an endocrinologist (hormone issues), a dermatologist (skin issues), and even a special dentist who specializes in post transplant issues such as manifestations of graft versus host disease in the mouth and mouth cancers- both of which are concerns for me.
The Oncology Appointment
Valve regurgitation is not a new thing for me but there appeared to be some increase in regurg at each of the valves. Although this made me a little nervous, my cardiologist explained that this is normal when your blood volume increases as much as mine is to accomodate not one but two babies. As you can imagine, the blood volume will continue to grow as the babies do and for that reason, we schedule another echo and appointment in a couple months just to be proactive. I was given clearance to go for walks again and that is exactly what I did!
Fundraising: As you know, I started out this Boston Marathon training season much stronger than last year- in other words, I was actually training. However, with the knowledge that I was pregnant with twins, my OB and cardiologist immediately cancelled my plans of running. However, they could not cancel the fundraising. In fact, I am more determined to raise my goal of $16,000 (for 16 years cancer-free). This is where you come in! I know, there are a lot of folks fundraising, many who fundraise to fight cancer but this one is different. First and foremost, you can win sweet stuff- over $3,000 worth of vacations, clothing, art, etc. Second and more importantly, 100% of the donations go directly to funding ground-breaking cancer research at one of the nations premier cancer centers. The accomplishments thus far have included things such as cancer vaccines, new lung cancer therapy, a new drug to prevent cancers through fat reduction, and even the life changing drug imatinib that changed the treatment of CML from a bone marrow transplant to a daily pill. Click on the links to donate and win some stuff!
Appointments: I have yet another skin exam with my dermatologist and check-up with my dentist. The appointment with my endocrinologist is also on the horizon. However, I am most excited for my ultrasound and OB visit. Being as type-A as I am, I have tried to let go but still love having little check-ins to see what the two of them are up to. Update to follow…
|The twins one month ago!|