Among the special moments in your life you’ll never forget, the time your oncologist says “There is no visible sign of the cancer …” has to be very high on your list!
After two years and two months, 4 surgeries, 11 months with an ileostomy, 10 rounds of radiation, and 30 rounds of chemo, I heard those words today from my oncologist, Dr. Chloe Atreya, at UCSF Cancer Center in San Francisco. I will now move off my ‘maintenance chemo’ program on to a ‘monitoring schedule’ which involves a break in chemo, another scan in 2 months, and some occasional maintenance of my chemo chest port. This is beyond the best possible outcome I imagined.
As I explained to a few of you recently, I was thinking of this juncture in my treatments like the old game show ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ with 3 doors in front of me …
Door 1: A trip to Survivor-Land and regular follow-up scans.
Door 2: An extended stay in Maintenance-Chemo-Land.
Door 3: Insert sound of sad car horn here … This is the door nobody wants!
I was ready for any and all outcomes. And, I expected I’d be down the middle with Door 2. So, we are simply over the moon here at the Crafts’ house tonite!
We know all of you have been pulling for us with every form of positive mojo you’ve got across the extended Team Crafty. We cannot thank you enough for all the calls, cards, prayers, messages, white lights, positive vibes and good health rain dances you’ve been sending and doing on our behalf. They work! And, I stand by my claim that the power of your family and friends is just as powerful as anything running through an infusion line. I am living proof. You carry us when we need it most and we are forever grateful.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays,
KEEP ROLLIN’ !!!!!!!!!
P.S. My good friend Steve McGill asked me what was going through my mind as I exited UCSF Cancer Center today. I didn’t skip a beat. I told him I was thinking of the many people passing me who were going in. Be grateful for your health – that could be any of us. Please also take a few minutes this holiday season to support the cancer fighters close to you and support a cancer research cause like Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation. We need more breakthroughs like the ones that have put me in such a good position. And the current club of 15.5 million cancer survivors across the U.S. needs to be much, much bigger!