Inspired by other writers’ posts, I am using this poem style I saw on other blogs:
Today… I was dismissed from the radiation oncologist’s care. I don’t need to return there anymore. Everything looks good and I am doing well.
Before that … I had one month of healing from radiation treatments.
Before that … I went for a treatment every weekday for six weeks, for a total of 30 treatments.
Before that … the oncologist told me that follow up radiation is routine, and he prescribed that for me.
Before that … the after-surgery pathology results showed there was no cancer in the lymph nodes, indicating no need for chemotherapy.
Before that … I had lumpectomy surgery to remove the small spot.
Before that … at another meeting with the surgeon he told me my options and assured me that this was very treatable – just a “bump in the road.”
Before that … it was discovered that the spot was grade one (non aggressive) cancer.
Before that … I had a biopsy of the area in question.
Before that … I met with the surgeon (a neighbor and friend) who recommended doing a biopsy.
Before that … the radiologist saw something suspicious on my mammogram.
Before that … I had my yearly physical and routine annual mammogram.
Before that … I had no idea of what the next five months would hold.
From now on… I will ever be grateful that this was caught early and was treated successfully. And I will encourage others to have routine health screenings whenever they can.
I am feeling very blessed.