2015: The Year of Promise?

It’s been many months since I’ve added to my blog. In all honesty I haven’t had a lot of good to report in my life.

In 2014 my divorce was finalized. It was hard.

I searched for work, found jobs and left them. I am working now in a growing company and that offers me some much needed positivity.

Since moving east more than a year and a half ago I am still waiting for my medical records to be transferred to my doctor where I live now.

A recent MRI shows several “spots” on my liver which causes me great concern (I’m already past the 5 year survival rate of my cancer) and without my medical records and past MRIs my doctors here are starting from scratch observing my cancer. Previously there were 2 spots on my liver, thought to be common blood clots and not worthy of a painful biopsy.

I know that it could be months, and not years, for a deadly turn of circumstances and am hopeful that my recent campaign of daily faxes for a medical records transfer to my previous doctors has brought my history to my current physicians so that I have a meaningful discussion with my doctor at my appointment which is next week.

Many of you will understand the pressure this brings on a person and I hope that if you are in similar circumstances you can offer the patience and understanding that someone in my position needs.

Losing an eye is not the worse thing that can happen to a person although it does bring its own challenges (and I’ll never enjoy a 3D movie!) so I do not seek out pity.

Like others in my situation I am looking to close out the bad thoughts of what could happen by having the medical information of my situation available that will help to determine my future.

And that I can plan a happy life starting in 2015.

Eye Patch Day is May 20

Eye Patch Day is May 20, 2014.

Show your support for eye cancer patients by wearing an eye patch on this day.

May 20 is Eye Patch Day

May 20 is Eye Patch Day

It’s been a while. Where do I start?

My health is great.

I recently had my annual scans and I remain cancer-free.

Life does go on and I am lucky to not be suffering as others are through this awful disease.

The thoughts are always in the back of my mind that my health may not be stable, it may be at it’s peak ready to pull my legs out from under me.

But they are far and few between.

Thank you for stopping by, for caring. Feel free to reach out, I care.

Into Fall and a New Place

The world is relentless in that it wants to continually move forward, not back, and not stand still.

I find myself now living with family in Ontario, 4,000km from where my cancer journey started.

A new place filled with hope and shiny things. Well, hope at least. Instead of being 3300km from my doctors, I hope to be much closer although the process for getting seen by an oncologist seems daunting.

I have to wait for my OHIP (government health care) to begin, then the search for a family doctor begins. It is this physician that can then refer me to an opthalmologist (to check my eye?) who can then either make the appointments for my cancer check-up or refer me yet again to another doctor/specialist.

Currently I am waiting for a call back from the Princess Margaret Hospital to have, I hope, a streamlined plan set up so that some of this hunting and waiting is eliminated.

It’s not just having cancer, or an eye removed, that is worrisome. It’s not having the medical support around in case anything happens in the meantime. Between screenings, I mean.

This is a major change in my life and I am scared.