Thursday, February 22, 2007

Context, Part I

Earlier this week, I was talking to my smart friend Chris the other night about Thomas's MRI. *

"I was happy to hear about that," he said, "but what does this mean for him?"

I gave a long, complicated answer, and he said, "So, the last MRI - that one couldn't have shown much good news or bad news. It just would've shown if there was any really bad news?"

"Yes," I said.

"But this MRI," he went on sagely, "it showed that there wasn't any bad news, and it showed it clearly enough that you can say for sure that it's all good news...right?"

"Wow," I said, "That's a great way to explain that. I am totally going to use that on my blog."

We won't have a stamp of "cured" for Thomas . . . really ever. Adult survivors are frequently haunted by the cancer treatments they had as a child. In the meantime, ependymoma has a ferocious recurrance rate.

If Thomas can make it to three years old, however, without the tumor returning, we can take our oncologist's number out of our speed dials. Every MRI we have that looks like this one increases Thomas's chances of survival. Especially since his tumor was entirely resected both times, we have dared, recently, to be pretty hopeful about his chances.

That's the important stuff. Context part II, an update about the other crazy parts of our life, to come later this week.

resected: surgically removed
*I'm going to use quotes here, but it's my made-up version of what he said. If you ever want to make someone really mad, try using this technique in a heated argument!

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At 2:23 AM, Blogger Ctelblog said...

Yeah. Bad news is always clearly "bad". Good news is never clearly "good". But news that is not "bad" is good but not "good". Wierd topsy turvey logic cancer ends up with.

At 7:37 AM, Blogger Thomas, as told to Sarah said...

Cancer is a foreign country, and this is part of the new language. Here's to better news for y'all as well.


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