I have chosen to answer this theme, “One Step at a Time”, with My Personal Journey. There is no moral to this story. I am not looking for sympathy. I simply want to share the steps to a cure for some cancer patients. In my case, I thank God I got pneumonia or else the early detection of my malignancy would not have occurred.
The journey started with a fun-filled extended weekend in NY; however, while up there we both caught a New York cold and brought it home with us. Having fought it for a week and thinking that I had “kicked” it, suddenly it “kicked” me and I had to make a late night emergency visit to Manatee Memorial Hospital.
I was diagnosed with pneumonia. OK, no big deal, however, now, the rest of the story. They also found a growth on the other lung and during my 15 day stay in the hospital it was diagnosed as malignant.
Step One: Do a PET Scan to ensure the cancer had not spread to any other organs in my body.
Step Two: The scan was negative for any other cancer in my body, therefore a surgical cure was indicated and the surgery was scheduled to remove the cancerous lobe.
The lobe was successfully removed but unfortunately, the biopsy of one of seven lymph nodes also removed revealed a microscopic cancer cell, so My Journey, “One Step at a Time” continued.
Step Three: Radiation Therapy 5 days a week for 7 weeks as a precautionary measure.
Step Four: Chemo Therapy once a week for 7 sessions also as a precautionary measure. Chemo treatments are administered in a large treatment room equipped with 11 recliner chairs. The room stays full so I was unable to get a picture of the room, however I was able to catch one of my IV pole with my chemicals hanging.
At the completion of the final chemo session, My Journey, “One Step at a time” will have reached a temporary final step and I will be considered cured and a Survivor. There will be follow-ups in the future to ensure there is no recurral. I hope this has been educational for you.