Winter Holiday

11

Latest instalment in lymphoma’s two-year battle with me yesterday. A passing out parade with my Commanding Officer Oncologist. Apparently I am passed fit to return to the real world, not to see her again for three months, a winter holiday from hospitals and doctors. And, nice as she is, that suits me!

So there we are. The two extra serves of nastier chemical rations have done their thing. Physical examination confirms my last PET scan – nothing going on in my lymph system as far as it is humanly possible to tell (always remembering that you are never cured, just in remission). My blood and body however do reflect the ravages of chemotherapy, and it’s going to take some time to feel relatively normal again.

But good news, no doubt, been lucky when so many are not. Means I can stop thinking of myself as a cancer patient, and go back to thinking of myself as someone who happens to have cancer.

As you were – stand at ease.

About these ads

11 comments on “Winter Holiday

  1. Lindy Bryant says:

    That’s such great news. Congrats on remission! You write beautifully even while really ill. Looking forward to even more ascerbic tweets!

    Like this

  2. Joy Cooper says:

    Excellent news, David, that is great to hear. Do hope you will have a wonderful, restorative winter.

    Like this

  3. Ros says:

    As the daughter of a WW2 vet who does not like (hates?) Anzac day and all it stands for (hypocrisy of politicians who send young men and women to pointless wars, then attend and weep at dawn services on April 25th. Ughh), I am delighted to now think of it as the day you wrote, with quite the military tone, “As you were – stand at ease.” Happy and relieved to know we all have you around for a long time to come.

    Like this

  4. Eric Snyder says:

    Great news David! Here’s to your body to speedily regain its strength and fortitude!!

    Like this

  5. Burrinjuck Greenie says:

    Good on you David!

    Like this

  6. Don says:

    Anzac day! What if “they” declared war and nobody, from anywhere, came. Imagine (Lennon)! Analogy – the “cancer” sends out the call but no cell joins in. I think that some lateral thinking in medical research is exploring this. Anyway, that’s all very well – David, you had no choice but to go to war. Great news on the result.

    Like this

  7. Good news – “stand at ease” indeed, enjoy and stay safe

    Like this

  8. j4gypsy says:

    Amazingly wonderful news Mr Melon. Your ease is ours. Many blessings.

    Like this

  9. Now that makes me warm and happy and grateful. May your remission last a hundred years (you can take the woman out of Ireland etc…)

    Like this

  10. Jan Solomon says:

    Thanks, David, am very happy to stand at ease! I am pleased & relieved to hear the news . Just keep it that way! Hope you are enjoying this beautiful autumn weather.

    Like this

  11. paul walter says:

    Excellent news..Keep on punching!

    Like this

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s