My cancer story (part 11): A brand new day

My cancer story (part 10): The final battle

 

A brand new day 

My last trip to this clinic was to pick up the actual copy of the pathologist report. I had no intention to go back for a checkup or anything whatsoever. I do know that I need to get regular checkups to make sure the cancer cells are not around anymore.

Or do I need to?

I had really bad symptoms with my cancer, so if my symptoms don’t show up again, then I should be fine right?

Yes, I think I’m good.

Going to doctors has been a painful experience, mentally and physically, and I try to avoid it at all cost…so much so that my last checkup was in September 2014. My father said if I’m writing a vegan book to promote veganism and fighting cancer, it’s not convincing if I’m not cancer-free.

Alatoy vegan bag

Point taken. So after five years of healing my cancer, I went for a full body checkup. The report came back with no signs of cancer.

 

Next: My cancer story (part 12…last part of the story): The art (and science) of war

 

***The version of this cancer story released on the blog is a very rough draft, which acts as a base for part of the content of the vegan lifestyle book I’ve been working on. The Chinese version is more detailed and I shifted things around a little as well. After reading it again, I also rewrote certain parts. 

Writers usually go through several rounds of drafts before they find their materials presentable, but I really wanted to put some materials out there and see what reactions people have so it can help me refine it. Thank you for all those who have been reading my past experience with cancer and the bizarre encounters I had with doctors.

This book is going to be rich in content, not just from my cancer story and personal recommendations of vegan products and services, but also the experiences and tips from other well-known and interesting vegans around the world. I can’t wait to finish writing it and get it out there in 2015.***

My cancer story (part 10): The final battle

Previous: My cancer story (part 9): A different kind of battle

 

The final battle

My own treatment with a plant-based diet continued. My third D&C was in September. This was performed by my third military oncologist.

A week later, he called me, “sorry that the report took so long. We decided to send some tissue samples to Mayo Clinic for expert consultation just to be sure.”

Silence.

“Ok…thanks for letting me know,” I replied before hanging up the phone.

Did I get worse? This was a worrying call.

After a whole anxious week, a call came in.

“I have some good news for you. Your report came out to be completely normal. There wasn’t even hyperplasia in it, which was actually quite surprising.”

I was stunned, over the other end of the phone. “Er, so, I’m, ah, cancer-free?”

“Yes, but don’t be too happy yet. Eventually you will still need a hysterectomy because once you were diagnosed with cancer…” the real doctor crept up on him again.

I was not too interested in keeping up with the conversation. I just wanted to scream but I could not. This time, it was out of joy, hope and gratitude.

The final battle

“…come back for a check-up three months later,” I could barely hear anything else except for the check-up part.

 

Next: My cancer story (part 11): A brand new day

 

***The version of this cancer story released on the blog is a very rough draft, which acts as a base for part of the content of the vegan lifestyle book I’ve been working on. The Chinese version is more detailed and I shifted things around a little as well. After reading it again, I also rewrote certain parts. 

Writers usually go through several rounds of drafts before they find their materials presentable, but I really wanted to put some materials out there and see what reactions people have so it can help me refine it. Thank you for all those who have been reading my past experience with cancer and the bizarre encounters I had with doctors.

This book is going to be rich in content, not just from my cancer story and personal recommendations of vegan products and services, but also the experiences and tips from other well-known and interesting vegans around the world. I can’t wait to finish writing it and get it out there in 2015.***

My cancer story (part 9): A different kind of battle

Previous: My cancer story (part 8): The 180-degree change

 

A different kind of battle

My second D&C happened in May. The pathologist report implied that I was a borderline cancer case. My oncologist, the only one on Wright Patterson Air Force Base, left the Air Force to be a civilian doctor. I had to take this report to a clinic in Columbus for continued medical care.

I was waiting for the oncologist in the examination room. Somebody opened the door, looked at me, then rustled through the papers in the file he was holding.

“You are, er, Angie?” The doctor was still looking at the papers.

“Yes.” I answered. He looked up finally.

“Sorry about that,” he seemed truly apologetic. “I was expecting someone a little bit different. Thought I came into the wrong room.”

“No worries. I have been told a lot…I’m not the textbook case.”

We started discussing the pathologist report and my medical history. It looked like I was getting better, but my new oncologist disagreed. He recommended surgery.

“Removing the organ is the most assured way to get rid of the cancer. It’s pretty standard.”

Should I remind him that I am not a textbook case? Why do doctors keep giving me textbook answers when I am nowhere near a textbook case?

Wendell Berry quote about food  & health industry

“What do you think about using diet to treat cancer?” I asked him, calmly.

“Nothing I was aware of that would help,” he said.

I wasn’t too impressed. I never went back to that clinic and decided that nobody could help except myself.

It’s a different kind of battle I had to deal with by myself.

 

Next: My cancer story (part 10): The final battle

 

***The version of this cancer story released on the blog is a very rough draft, which acts as a base for part of the content of the vegan lifestyle book I’ve been working on. The Chinese version is more detailed and I shifted things around a little as well. After reading it again, I also rewrote certain parts. 

Writers usually go through several rounds of drafts before they find their materials presentable, but I really wanted to put some materials out there and see what reactions people have so it can help me refine it. Thank you for all those who have been reading my past experience with cancer and the bizarre encounters I had with doctors.

This book is going to be rich in content, not just from my cancer story and personal recommendations of vegan products and services, but also the experiences and tips from other well-known and interesting vegans around the world. I can’t wait to finish writing it and get it out there in 2015.***