Yes you read that right ~ isn’t it fabulous news??
The PET scan didn’t light any areas up and so, according to the Oncologist, Mathew is free of cancer!
OMG, did we ever think this day might arrive? No; it felt like forever!
So…. where do we go from here, you want to know. Glad you asked.
Ewing’s Sarcoma has a very high rate of recurrence, particularly in the first two years. The schedule is for Mathew to get a CAT scan every 3 months for the first 2 years, then a CAT scan every 6 months for the following 3 years. That’ll take him to the 5 year mark and we’ll talk about that when we get there.
In the meantime Mathew’s port will remain in his chest and will have to be flushed once a month to keep it working and open. It is easier for him to get blood taken from the port or to have the CAT scan dye inserted through there as well. Maybe in a year or so, barring no problems with it, it will be removed.
We are so very, very relieved. I can see our lives returning to normal, albeit a new normal, slowly over the coming weeks. The goal is for Mathew to return to Key Industries 3 days a week as before this all started, for Kristen to continue and finish her final year of her undergraduate degree and for John and I to both get back to work at the same time. Dare we hope?
Yes we are keenly aware of the relapse rate. None of us knows what is coming our way so for now, I for one, am going to love these moments!
We are celebrating a belated birthday party for Mathew in a week’s time; the family is all gathering at our place and we are going to have an awesome bash!!
For now I am going to go and just sit and breathe and relax. Let all the stress and worry flow out of my finger tips and toes and work on letting that vice around my heart (fear) loosen a little.
It feels like lead weight was just lifted off my shoulders.
For three months I am going to enjoy our life.