Today we’re going to leave Dayton, Ohio, in the spring of 1967, and spend a posting in Independence, Missouri, in the spring of 2014. The reason? I want to share some good news with you.
Earlier this spring, I wrote three postings about CTCL. In them I gave my acquaintanceship with it. I also provided information on the form of it I have.
Today I’ll briefly summarize.
In February 2011, I was diagnosed with a type of CTCL—mycosis fungoides. The dermatologist suggested that we deal with the pale pink blotches—Stage #1—on my inner arms and thighs with “light treatments.” In those three earlier postings I explained that I’d gone into remission in January 2012 after going for treatment three times a week for nine months.
Those postings also explained that the skin cancer had returned in late 2012 and treatments had again made it inactive. Then in February of this year—2014—the CTCL became active again. For the past twelve weeks I’ve gone for light treatments: 3x a week for six weeks and then 2x a week for a second six-week period.
This past Tuesday I saw the dermatologist, for our six-week assessment, and . . . Good News! . . .all the cancer—on chest, inner arms, inner legs—is now inactive. I don’t even need to use the steroidal cream!
She explained that the cancer will return but it will most likely stay in Stage 1 as long as we treat it promptly. So if any pale, pink blotch appears, I am to start using the cream again. Twice a day. Two weeks on. One week off.
If the cream doesn’t begin to turn the blotches darker and still darker—a sign that they are becoming inactive—then I will need to go to the clinic for treatment. Or, if a number of blotches appear on several areas of my body, I would immediately start light treatments.
I’m just delighted with this news because it means that I can return, “full bore,” to my writing of a novel about Bronze-Age Greece. I will now also have time to send out queries asking agents to represent my work.
The thing is that although I did light treatments only two or three times a week, they left me so tired that I didn’t get anything done the day of the treatment or the next.
I now see a splendid expanse of time in front of me and I’m almost giddy with what I can do with it! I’m setting sail. Peace.