It's been a scary few months for my friend, Magellan.
About 14 years ago, she was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. She was in a "watch and wait" period for a while and then had to have treatment. She's been in remission for 8 years now.
In August, she went for a regular oncologist appointment and the doctor found her spleen was enlarged. That set into motion, test after test.
She had to switch doctor's in between finding out what exactly what was going on because of insurance.
After all the tests were done, she now has a totally different diagnosis which is a form of lymphoma. They suspect she might have had this all along but the tests weren't as sophisticated back then as they are now. Luckily the treatment was the same though.
We were quite stressed at first with the news because it can be aggressive but the kind she has is very slow growing. I went with her for the visits and we saw 4 different oncologists. Two of them were stem cell transplant specialists just to get in the system in case she would ever need it.
Right now, she is going to be in a "watch and wait" period again. The doctors also think she will do well with treatment if/when she needs it.
We were thrilled that she doesn't need treatment now. It felt like a Christmas miracle ;-)