I had my annual check-up with the Consultant who operated on me for the Thyroid cancer today.
The good news is everything is fine.
As it's been six years since my first operation and five and a half years since the second, I had hoped he would finally discharge me today. I have exactly the same tests carried out at the Royal Marsden Cancer hospital, who did the last part of my treatment, and it seems a bit silly for me to still be seeing both of them after being clear for all this time.
But no. Because Thyroid cancer is still a very rare cancer, the medical world appears to be focusing its attention on it and they are going to continue to monitor patients for as long as they think necessary. They feel that the more information they can gather, the better they can treat patients in the future. Because of this, I will also start having annual ultrasound scans from next year.
It costs me one afternoon for blood tests, another for the scan, and another for the appointment. Once a year. If it can help anyone who gets this form of cancer in the future, I think it's a very small price for me to pay.
Let’s be friends. - Hey. You know how sometimes you feel very alone because so many of the people in your real life are alarmingly normal and never have picnics in cemeteries...