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Rachel Coleman
I continue in good health 
29th-Nov-2016 12:06 pm
I saw my consultant again today.  She is pleased with me, says not to worry about my recent run of colds "there's just a lot of nasty things circulating, and your bloodwork is completely normal" and is giving me six months this time before seeing her again. She reminded me as always that I can always call the department if I am worried.  I told them that I still remember very clearly what it was like getting ill in the first place, and I certainly will get in touch if I think it is happening again.  After all, my confidence in my knowledge of my own body has been borne out, if not in the happiest of ways! 

Bone marrow samples will continue at 3-monthly intervals until three years after "end-of-therapy".  We are now at 11 months after end-of-therapy, so nearly 1/3 of the way there.  I asked if I was right to assume that they would call me if there was anything to be concerned about in the bone marrow samples, rather than waiting for my next appointment, and she confirmed that this is the case.

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29th-Nov-2016 12:24 pm (UTC)
Great news about normal bloodwork. May it continue and good know that they will let you know asap if anything is to be concerned about marrow samples.
29th-Nov-2016 01:14 pm (UTC)
I thought it made sense that they would let me know asap, given just how fast they diagnosed me initially and the fast-developing nature of the disease, but it was good to have it confirmed.
29th-Nov-2016 12:40 pm (UTC)
Hurray for the good news, but boo to all the colds.
29th-Nov-2016 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you :-)
29th-Nov-2016 01:04 pm (UTC)
Yay for you continuing to not have cancer!
29th-Nov-2016 01:18 pm (UTC)
29th-Nov-2016 02:08 pm (UTC)
Hurrah :-) *\o/*
29th-Nov-2016 02:23 pm (UTC)
That is great news!
29th-Nov-2016 04:55 pm (UTC)
It sounds as if you're making real progress.
29th-Nov-2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
I think so; I worry a bit that working full-time is not really sustainable (is it leaving me open to getting all these colds?) but on the other hand I am already getting so much more done now than six months ago, that I should really give it another six months and see.

I struggle a bit with remembering to compare with since-having-cancer rather than before-having-cancer. I *want* to get back to normal-for-before, but it's a long slog.
29th-Nov-2016 07:27 pm (UTC)
I have to confess. I have days when I work full time but I'm nowhere near doing a full working week even now.

I do feel very guilty about this which often leads to overdoing it.

The other issue is that I only count paid work and not the unpaid but actually more strenuous parent wrangling and chores . Are you perhaps doing a more than full time working week once you factor those in?

A friend who's a year ahead of me is now working full time again which gives me hope.
29th-Nov-2016 08:18 pm (UTC)
That's funny, I happened to meet my neighbour who had cancer, at the bus stop this morning. She's two years on and still getting better slowly. But she looks so much less flattened now than a couple of years ago.
30th-Nov-2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
Less flattened is about right, yes. I'm glad your neighbour is getting better.
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