Well, it’s been an eventful autumn. Having high blood pressure was a new experience for me. My mother didn’t get cancer or hypertension until she was 90. Old Eternal got away with a lot.
So I threw out the salt shaker (it was really difficult breaking up with salt but I’ve found that most savoury foods are salty enough for my taste). I quit smoking almost thirty years ago and we live on the austerity plan, which means we don’t have alcohol in the house (I can only tolerate the good stuff; cheap lager is dead to me). I’d run out of things to give up, so they had to raise the dosage on the blood pressure meds and add a calcium channel blocker. But—pro-tip—I’ve discovered the slightest bit of exercise is beneficial so now I’m trying to get outside and walk up the street and back again whenever possible.
Then I had my oncology blood test. After adding hypertension to the list of things to put on a MedicAlert bracelet, I started to feel nervous. What else was going to go wrong?
As it turns out, nothing. The level of cancer in my body has sunk a little more. Just a little, not to the point where I’m in remission, but there’s less of it than there was six months ago, and in this case, less really is more.
So, it’s green bananas all around until next May, when I have my next oncology appointment—they check on me every six months now, over the phone (though of course I still have to go to the Macmillan Centre for the blood test).
Next month, it will be seven years since I got the Diagnosis of Doom and five years since my original expiration date. Pro-tip: it ain’t over till it’s over. Never, never give up.
The retreating cancer is always good news, so yay for you! Your minions are staying fierce! I suspect a lot of peoples’ BP has risen over the past five years or so…you can beat that, too! I just had cataract surgery – at the age when they have to start replacing parts, I guess lol. Medicine is so amazing nowadays. Keep on keepin’ on! As always, you’re an inspiration.
You’re pretty inspiring yourself!
Yes yes yes. Green bananas for everyone.
Next time I see you, I’m going to have a special green banana gift for you!
Whoop whoop – go Minions. Glad the less is more scenario is panning out. Cx
You and me both, fellow-traveller!
Woo Hoo, amazing twinlet! I’m going to do some outta sight kitchen dancing to celebrate your marvelous self and this great news today! Love ya with my whole heart!
I’ve seen your kitchen dancing and I am HONOURED
Dancing with myself to your most excellent news! A huge hug is in store for you when next I see you f2f. ❤
You better believe it. Really miss you, Tamara
I’m not the only one who loves green bananas, it seems! You’re so going to outlive me, Pat…
Hey, stick around—it gets weirder.