So. I haven’t been around her for quite some time. But rest assured, it’s not you. It’s me.
Well, I’m happy to report that it’s because I’ve been off living a “normal” life. Travelling, working, growing things (not very well) in the garden, shopping, coffee-ing. You know, as you do.
While I’ve been doing that, I’ve not been blogging because I’ve only been thinking about my (past) brain tumour every once in a while and only in passing. And I really like it that way. I’ve grown self-indulgent like that.
Some milestones have passed. Last August 14th, 2017, marked five years since I was diagnosed. In statistics circles, that’s known as “five year survival” and is a big deal. I’m staring six years since diagnosis right between the eyes as August 2018 looms. March 27, 2018 marked one year since I returned to a real workplace. September 9, 2018 will mark three years since my awake craniotomy and since my follow-up treatments began.
I really appreciate all the people who still visit this blog and who reach out with questions or interest. And I apologize to all of you who I’ve not responded to or been slow in responding to. My excuse is selfish – again, I’ve been off living.
I go for an MRI scan every six months. At my last appointment, one of my oncologists explained that although every scan has shown nothing more than a hole where my tumour used to be and some scar tissue, they will keep monitoring me because they can’t predict who will suffer a recurrence.
I get that, and so I still eat a ketogenic diet (old hat for me now, and getting so mainstream that it’s no longer hip). I try to be active and manage stress and I have pets and family around me to help.
In short, I’m checking in. Life is good. I hope the same for all of you.