I sincerely apologize for the unanswered calls, texts, messages, emails… I’ve been in survival mode for a couple of months now. We finally started getting some answers so here’s what’s been up.
Our dog broke a declaw so we took him to the vet on the 2nd… needed surgery. While they were doing that surgery they biopsies what we thought was a fatty tumor and it was cancer. Thank God he broke that declaw bad enough to need surgery because they caught the cancer early and he should be all good now – stitches even came out yesterday.
At the end of December I had a gallium scan (new PET/CT for NETs) which was negative and an MRI of my spine for ongoing pain in my back/hip. Despite two months of physical therapy and the area getting stronger, the pain wasn’t getting better. The MRI noted something in my pelvis so I asked my GYN to take a look. She ordered an ultrasound which showed a 6cm complex cyst, the the follow up pelvic MRI showed it as well, so I was referred to a GYNONC.
Besides the pain I’ve dropped about 15lbs since Sept/Oct, started flushing on Thanksgiving, and have been so dead tired like I was when I was first diagnosed. Like can’t get out of bed tired. Taking a shower is an accomplishment tired. Not a comforting combination.
At first the GYNONC recommended a follow up ultrasound in three months but after a physical exam and going through my history that option went out the window. Apparently neuroendocrine cancer loves the ovaries. This cyst inside my ovary is sitting behind my uterus in the cul-de-sac… which happens to be the very place I had a tumor before. It’s hard and could very well be the cause of a good portion of my pain. So surgery is scheduled for Feb. 7th to remove my right ovary and tube. I’ll be first on the docket and should be home the same day, and apparently stealing the one ovary won’t mess with hormones or any of that stuff – the other just picks up the slack. He offered to do the surgery on Tuesday but I see Dr. Woltering on the 31st and feel like it’s an important appointment to keep. This could be a benign cyst, in which case it still needs to be removed due to its size, or it could be a sneaky NET… we’ll find out in a couple of weeks.
In the meantime I’ll be playing with my dinosaurs with the little man.