Not at all how I wanted to spend my Monday, but not much to be done about it. Swelling in my foot has persisted, so off I went to the urgent care to have things examined. Lab work came back elevated for a possible blood clot, so off to the ER I was sent. Nearly 8 hours one X-ray and an ultrasound later, we’ve confirmed that all is as expected. No clot, no injury, just another latent side-effect of chemotherapy.
Good news, but frustrating at the same time. It is frustrating to constantly question each bump, ache, cough, headache, or anything else even slightly out of the ordinary. Is it something normal? is it another side effect? Or is it cancer again? It is a war between living a full life free of fear, and being smart about early detection. Secondary cancer is a real threat to survivors. Thankfully, the longer we go without recurrence, the lower the odds become.
Early detection saves lives, and that is a fact. So even when I am sure that the new symptom is likely no big deal, I will continue to be diligent in discussing any changes with my oncologist and checking things out when necessary.