Sunday, January 31, 2010
Time for a PET/CT scan: praying for N.E.D.
Well, it's time to see what's going on. They call it a "re-staging" scan. I go in first thing in the morning - scheduled to arrive at 6:30 am pacific time. I've been preparing for it today - no carbs, no caffeine, no strenuous activity, and no extreme temp exposure. I don't eat much sugar anymore anyway - that's been my new life since diagnosis. But being without any carbs is a major challenge for me since I eat so many veggies and fruits every day to help boost my body's natural immunity. I also typically drink green tea all day long - hot and cold. Not today. Only water and protein with only a small amount of low-starch veggies. No food allowed after midnight - no problem since I plan to be in bed by 9:30 pm. The reason for all the restrictions is that the PET/CT scan (when used in oncology) looks for groups of cells consuming high amounts of radioactive glucose (which they'll inject in me an hour before the scan) because cancer devours glucose (yup, lay off the sweets folks!). Apparently, excessive temp exposure and physical activity can cause muscular uptake of glucose that's stored in the body - I think that's what they said. The restrictions are a bit of an annoyance but they help get a more accurate test result so it's worth it. The way I see it (my selfish self) - the only acceptable report/outcome from this test would be one that indicates No Evidence of Disease. But, I don't get to call the shots in this epic - only God does. So, I'm laying it on Him - I'm trusting Him to use me for His purpose now. I surely hope and pray that His purpose for me is to spend the next 30+ years as a cancer patient advocate, educator, author, and speaker - and at the top of my list is being earthly mommy to my precious Cooper. I don't know how quickly I'll get the results but I'll be spending lots of time/energy praying and meditating between now and when they come in. Thank you for adding your prayers to mine. I really appreciate it. Love, Julie PS - Hey cancer, seriously, if you know what's good for you - you'll have taken your surgical and chemo eviction notices seriously. Just for good measure we're gonna nuke your butt into oblivion with radiation starting this week!