Making Plans…NOT!

This is my appointment week for my cancer screening.  It’s the week of the long drives and what I hope will come to some sort of plan.  Our kids have been trying to plan birthday parties and get togethers wondering when I was free or not free.  Scotty’s birthday party is July 19th, and I sure hope to be there…but can I be?  Who knows!

Every time some event comes up I have to go back and explain everything all over again.  I just don’t know what is going to happen.  I think I know one of three plans will happen.  But which one, I have no idea.

Here’s what I think the options are:
Plan #1
I do the full body scan.  They don’t see anything.  They tell me to come back in the fall and testing starts all over again.  This plan is my least favorite.  I would have my life back for a few months though.

Plan #2
I do the full body scan.  They don’t see anything.  They decide to treat me anyway, as my number has gone up so much higher.  I get the radioactive iodine dose and can’t be around people regularly for 21 days.  This plan is my favorite and quickest…but probably not the most conclusive.  I could go to Scotty’s party and plan a life.

Plan #3
I do the full body scan.  They find something.  They decide surgery is warranted.  They schedule surgery.  I recover and six weeks later they put me back on the diet for two weeks, I get radioactive iodine to “clean it up” and then I can’t be around anyone for 21 days.  This looks long and drawn out but, this looks like the best long term option…but something has to show up on the scan for this to happen.  Plan #3 also takes a LONG time.  It would likely be a couple weeks or a month before I can get in to surgery.  I’ll have 6 weeks of recovery after that…then two weeks of diet then the shots and radioactive iodine dosing then the 21 days of quarantine.  I looked at a calendar and this plan would drag me out until the beginning of October before I was past this (at least for awhile again).  This would be the best chance of clearing out the cancer so even though annoying to drag it out, it would likely be the most thorough…and one I should hope for.  Also if this happens, the doctors have a better way to calculate the best dosage for me.

So who knows what I’ll be doing in the next month or two or three…or maybe there’s another option that I don’t even know about.  If nothing else, cancer teaches a person patience and it teaches a person to appreciate each day, even if it’s not a fabulous day.

Today is the day I find out.  All I know for sure is that my hope is that whatever is best for my long term health is decided on.  If it’s plan #3 and it’s long and drawn out, if that’s the best solution, I’m okay…if plan #1 and we wait it out until fall, I don’t love this, but if it’s the best option, I’ll be okay with that too.  As I said, whatever is best is what I’m hoping for.  As I always say, I’m just so incredibly thankful that I feel well.  I’ve not overly tired.  I don’t feel sick.  I don’t love the diet but that is a small price.  It will be over soon.  I’ll let you know when I can what ended up happening.

29 thoughts on “Making Plans…NOT!”

  1. Praying for peace and joy for you in spite of all the day entails, wisdom for your doctors, and decisions you can plan around.

  2. Living with uncertainty is difficult for me. I learned a long time ago to live ‘Just for Today’. I plan for future events but try to live today to the best of my ability. I hope the tests reveal something so you can get off the hamsters wheel. All of us who read your blog will be praying that you will be healed soon.

  3. Praying for you as always.
    Whatever plan come out of this, you know family, friends, and your blog friends are with you.
    Thanks for keeping us posted and if you can’t, please ask one of your kids to do so – that way we know how to pray for you!
    Love and prayers

  4. Prayers for a resolution soon. I’m glad you feel well and that is a blessing in itself. Whatever the results I know you will handle it well. Hugs!

  5. I hope you get some sort of answer! Between what you are going through and Gannon, I really feel like your family deserves some answers! Hang in there!

  6. Mary Ann Mettler

    Praying for you and the Doctors as the make the perfect decision for you. Love you Jo. One day at a time.

  7. Judith Fairchild

    Praying that your numbers are going the opposite direction or they find what’s causing all of it. Your attitude is great know that Jesus is with you every step of the way.

  8. Praying for you Jo.

    You might of forgotten plan #4. Something unknow at this point.
    Hope it works out for you, your help and Scottys birthday.

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