Unfortunately the ‘no news is good news’ mantra hasn’t served me well on this occasion.
It’s felt like a long wait for my first post-op CT scan results (23rd August to 11th September). Apparently they were delayed because my consultant was on annual leave and there are NHS radiologist shortages at present. Anyway, I was called into the hospital at short notice yesterday and told that my CT scan has revealed a tumour on my liver, which didn’t show on my December scan. Not good news.
This was especially unexpected as the chances of this were fairly low. I’ve also been on a strict plant-based organic ‘healthy’ diet since December, which I thought would reduce the chances of recurrence further. Also, I’ve been totally symptom-free and feeling physically great. So, it’s come as a huge shock. But, I’m thankful for the scan, without which I would have been clueless about this new growth.
I have reasons to be positive. Firstly, the growth appears to be in one place and the experts think it may be operable. Secondly, the scan was clear apart from this.
The next step is to have two more scans – something called a PET scan and an MRI. These will happen in the next two to three weeks, to get more clarity than the CT scan offered. The surgeons will then know if it’s safe to operate and whether there are tumours/growths forming elsewhere.
I’d very much welcome a miracle now! It would be wonderful if the growth disappeared and there are no others. Failing that, I hope and pray it’s operable. I’d really appreciate prayers for my wife and children at this time. It’s another tough time with so much uncertainty.
Following on from my last post, one weirdly comforting thing happened this morning while I was washing the dishes. The Bible passage of the day on UCB radio was Psalm 91:15-16. What are the chances of that?!