My previous entry was my final Caring Bridge post. It has been almost a year since being treated for brain metastases. My life since then has been mostly about monitoring. I have MRI scans of my brain and PET scans of my body every three months. I am still on infusions of Herceptin every three weeks to protect my body and daily oral doses of Tykerb to protect my brain. I had an MRI scan last week and it came back clear. I am scheduled for a PET scan at the end of next week. I was originally supposed to have this scan in April, but about a week and a half ago, I started having a weird pain in my ribcage on the right side. It feels like I pulled muscle there. I don’t like unexplained pains that don’t subside, so I requested that my PET scan be moved up. The doctors I have talked to about it seem confident that the issue is muscular and I hope that they are correct. Unfortunately, the reality of living with this disease is that you think that every ache and pain is a sign of recurrence. I will check back in when I have the results of my PET scan. For now…please send positive energy my way for a good result!
Update – Both the MRI and the PET scan came back clear – sigh of relief for now!