Well, today I got some unexpected news at the Dr.'s. We went in with our normal expectations since this was a regularly scheduled appointment, but we ended up with some news that has us some what unsettled. My marker numbers have doubled since the last time they were taken and although the numbers aren't as high as they were way back in December, it is still not positive news. As to what's going on, it is still speculative, but we have decided to be pro-active. I am having another stomach/pelvis CT scan tomorrow and will follow up with the Dr. on Tuesday. Other than messing with our heads and emotions, we just don't know what the next step will be until it's here. This could totally be a fluke... we just don't know.
Edited to add: Tumor markers are what I'm talking about and trust me this gets confusing, but essentially, these numbers are gotten from blood work and represent a specific substance that is produced by tumor cells whether they be cancerous or benign. When marker numbers go up, it generally signifies that there is more activity going on whether it be new tumors or growth in tumors. I believe that I've been having the markers checked either every 2 or 4 weeks. We of course use last December numbers as a benchmark and up to this point in time, my numbers had decreased significantly and then had continued to slowly lower until now of course.
It's news that you don't want to hear either, but I know that you would want to know since my journey has become so entwined with many of you. I want to share with you as we travel along.
I'm hoping to feel a bit better and do some crafting later and would to share something pretty with you all. Let me tell you, I have tons of stuff to work with that hasn't seen ink yet and are feeling neglected.
Until next time,