It’s taken a few days for me to get my head around this and post it, so I apologise for that!
I had my annual Testicular Cancer checkup at the beginning of the week, after 5 years you think they’d get easier (they don’t and neither do me and needles!). Actually it was five-and-a-quarter years but I won’t go into that rant about appointments. I know, I know, it’s unusual for me not to go into a rant, but I have good reason….
I won’t be going back! After 5 years in the clear, I’ve officially been discharged from Oncology!
They aren’t closing the door I hasten to add, I can still contact them if I have a problem but my time of building up nerves and worry every 3 months, 6 months and finally a year, to each successive appointment is now over.
If I’m brutally honest, I’m still a bit shocked. I’d expected another appointment with a year interval or two years and we’d agreed at my last appointment the way forward was up for discussion this time. However, they simply checked I’d found my lump last time and decided that I know my body better than they do and therefore I was safe to go it alone!
For now this feels weird, great and a whole mixture of emotions, I do wonder how it will feel in a years time when I’d have been expecting a checkup, but only time will tell..
This marks a serious turning point in our lives, I say our because I’d only met my wife 6 months before I was diagnosed so we’ve done this all together and I can’t thank her enough. Despite a few problems over the years, Emma is 7 months pregnant and our little one will be here in mid-May.
This really is looking like a fantastic year!