I was supposed to have my check-up late last month but I was a little busy at home so I postponed it till today. It’s kind of weird sometime to feel afraid to see the results of the laboratory tests. I guess, it is really something inevitable and no matter what the outcome, you have to accept it. We passed by New World Diagnostic Center to get the lab results then proceeded to the Chinese General Hospital for an appointment with my surgical oncologist, Dr. Samuel Ang. He was a little late arriving at the clinic and the secretary explained that he had to handle an emergency surgery.
Dr. Samuel Ang is a very caring and wonderful doctor. I finally brought a camera and told him I am still doing some blogs about him. He just smiled and told me to give him the link to my blog. He shared that some of his patients were able to find him through the internet. I just said, it is my small way of saying “thank you” for taking care of me.
I am scheduled for another check-up come January 2011 – colonoscopy, CEA marker testing, liver ultrasound and the usual lab tests that I need to undergo every three months. My SGPT/SGOT results were still a bit high but compared to my last laboratory tests, they have gone down significantly and Dr. Ang explained that sometimes, these are still the effects of chemotherapy. It’s almost a year now since my last chemo and I am really glad that finally, I am getting every bit stronger day by day, being able to do the things I used to do.
I have this interesting conversation with some of the patients waiting at Dr. Ang’s clinic. They were asking if he has been my doctor for long and I told them he operated on me July of last year. It was followed by six cycles of chemotherapy at the Benavidez Cancer Institute in UST. One of them said, “you are looking good, parang hindi ka nagkasakit.” I’ve often asked myself, “how should you look when you’ve been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and underwent rigorous chemotherapy sessions?” Everytime I meet people who didn’t know what I have gone through, they are simply amazed that I look okay. I thank God most of all for letting me go on with life, still enjoying it with my family until now.
Dr. Ang said, ” Congratulations Arlene” with that big smile on his face and that matters a lot because I know that I will get through this, that I would be hundred percent fit again! I’d like to bear this in mind, “he who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything”.
God is so good, all the time!