Tune in to CNN tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm and 11pm EST for a special on cancer and America, Saving Your Life. Hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and featuring my buddy, Lance Armstrong.
FYI: This was filmed while I was at the Livestrong Summit in Austin last October. My friends and I are in the audience, and are in the section that is in front of the speakers. Most of the camera pan sweeps are with audience members to the left and right of the stage... so I'm not expecting my big television debut. But you should watch it and look for Waldo anyhow.
This seems like an appropriate time to tell you about my last lab that was drawn a couple of weeks ago. My TSH was still low, so they've re-upped my Synthroid dose (thank goodness). I should feel the effects of that increase in the next few weeks. My tumor marker was up; that's not so good news. What was a probable dose and scan this spring has turned into a definite dose and scan, plus or minus a PET scan, too. It's not end of the world news, but it's just a reminder that this dog and pony show isn't over yet.
And, even though Angry Dissenter warns that we shouldn't play the "it could be worse" game, that it's the game you always win, that it's the game that doesn't actually solve anything or make anything better... We're just glad that it's not so high we have to have another surgery. It could be worse.
So watch the CNN special this weekend and learn what you can do to save your life.