Breast cancer, Cancer, MRI

Three good things

Three good things happened to me last month. Here they are (in order of occurrence, not importance):

  1. I had laser eye surgery
  2. I got discharged from my oncologist (forever, I hope)
  3. My three-year MRI scan came back clear

I’ll start with No.2.

After examining me, my doctor said, “It’s been three years, so it’s very unlikely the tumour will come back now.” Then he said “I’m sacking you! When your oncologist sacks you, it’s very good news!” Then he laughed, then I laughed, and then I cried.

If I hadn’t been crying constantly for the preceding 24 hours as a result of the laser surgery then everyone in the waiting room might have noticed my happy-emosh tears, but since I showed up dressed as a D-list celebrity in sunglasses and a visor (yes, A VISOR) to protect my puffy, red, light-sensitive eyes, I think I probably got away with it.

Now for those of you wondering about the laser surgery: well, I had LASEK, which is unfortunately not the one where you can go back to work the next day with perfect vision. I had the one where the laser works on the surface of the eye instead of cutting a layer below it, which means you can’t see properly until a couple of weeks later, when the surface has healed. It’s incredibly painful for the first couple of days and makes your eyes constantly stream with tears and your nose with snot, which is why I had to go to the hospital in celebrity disguise.

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Channeling Kym Marsh exiting the gym

The laser surgery itself was fine – just 47 seconds on each eye, and the green laser beams reminded me of radiotherapy, so I felt strangely at home. (No, really). Afterwards, you have to be skilled enough to administer 127 different kinds of eye drops without actually being able to read the label on the bottle (thanks, Mum), then you have to be cool enough to pull off regulation one-size-fits-all goggles sellotaped to your head, and it feels like having chlorine and grit rubbed into your eyes for two days. But apart from that, it’s fine.

Goggles

A strong look, I feel

Would I recommend it? Well, two and a half weeks later, I still can’t really see that well, so maybe ask me again in a month.

Finally, onto news No.3: the annual MRI scan. I hadn’t heard anything by early this week so I called my surgeon’s secretary. “We don’t have any record of your MRI scan,” she said. So nothing changes.

They now seem to have got hold of it though and everything’s fine, apparently. So that’s good.

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Third annual regulation hospital gown selfie

Being discharged from the oncologist is of course a big deal, but I will still see my surgeon once a year and have the annual MRI scans, and I’ll be looking out for anything sinister in the mean time. But it still feels like quite a significant milestone, so I’m happy.

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Facebook tells me it’s three years since the chemo chair ice-pack challenge

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8 thoughts on “Three good things

  1. I am pleased that feels good and that the results of their medical examinations are favorable. Especially because they are more spaced . Be patient and your eyes will get better every day. I send a warm hug from Mexico

  2. I am very pleased that progress favorably in this challenge. I am sure that your eyes will get better day by day. I send you a very warm hug from Mexico .

  3. Kaye leaker says:

    Wonderful news. I’ve loved seeing your holiday photos and you enjoying life. Any trips to Australia? I’ve spent a few hours in Heathrow thus year but no time in England

    • Not yet Kaye but definitely planning it at some stage! Thanks for following and continually showing your support. We will meet again some day! Big love from England xx

  4. Julie says:

    Hey Laura, what a fantastic feeling to be discharged……
    You gave me so much hope and important information last year when I was diagnosed with Grade 3 breast cancer, you helped me to see beyond losing every bit of hair on my body.
    I really hope you get your vision back very soon, you have the most beautiful face I have ever seen, so pure and open, you ooze hope and positivity to others.
    Be happy
    🙂 x

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