10th of May 2022: Officially two years cancer free, which means it is now unlikely to recur.
1st April 2021: My one-year-since-surgery scans have all come back clean, showing no signs of cancer. I still need routine scans for the next few years but for now, it's looking likely I have beaten it for good.
18th September 2020: Almost back to walking normally, physiotherapist says running again someday is a "realistic possibility"
25th May 2020: Able to walk again, albeit at a slow shuffle.
Update 15th April 2020: The tumor has been removed. Next step recovery.
Update 6th of March 2020: My latest scans show that (A) it still hasn't spread, and (B) radiation therapy was effective and shrank the tumor significantly. Next step; removal.
Update 14th of Feb 2020: Radiation therapy complete. They say it'll be about six weeks til the surgery to remove it.
Update January 2020: Finally some good news; scans show it hasn't spread beyond the primary tumor, and I've started radiation therapy to kill that one.
Update December 2019: Turns out it is cancer. Might still be curable though, so trying to stay optimistic for a positive outcome.
Original Post: Dunno why I'm posting this here except that over the past 9.5 years VGC has been almost like a second online home/family for me, a special place where I feel accepted, and I wanted to give an explanation as to why my behaviour in this coming months may be a bit irrational or over the top.
So yeah, just got some unfortunate news from my doctor. The positive side is though,the prognosis is good; this particular kind of tumor most often turns out to be benign. Still, I won't know for sure if it's benign or malignant until they remove it, which could take a few weeks/months.
As someone with OCD and an intense phobia of serious illness, I'm under a huge amount of stress right now as you can imagine, and so while I'll still be posting here, I'm going to try not to participate in the kind of intense debates I usually get into in order to minimize this stress.
I apologize in advance if I lose my cool over the following months, I will try my best not to.
Thank you all for your understanding, and for just generally being an awesome community of people.Last edited by curl-6 - on 09 May 2022
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