Two weeks ago, I had a clinic visit with my oncologist. I’ll deal with most of the visit in another post. But for this blog post, I want to highlight one thing that happened during my visit. For the first time in probably a decade, I had a doctor tell me my lungs sounded clear. That was such a joyous thing to hear I thought I would share the good news.
Going back two years ago, I did a post asking if I should have discovered my cancer sooner. Throughout that post, I continually mention the fact I was having problems. Actually, my breathing problems go back at least a decade. Whenever I go to a doctor, I would be given instructions to lose weight, stop smoking, and have bronchitis. Now I have known this whole time that I should lose some weight and that smoking is horrible for my lungs. But I also knew something else was going on. This was not a simple case of bronchitis continuously recurring.
Finally, in 2018 I found a doctor that believed something more was going on. He started me on the process of seeing a cardiologist and a pulmonary specialist. Of course, my problem ended up being cancer, which had spread into my lungs. But I am still very appreciative of that doctor for believing I had something more going on than being an overweight smoker.
Now fast-forward to today. I finished chemo about a year and a half ago and completed my maintenance infusions earlier this spring. In that time, my lungs seemed to have been healing. I have noticed that I can walk long distances, including up hills, with little problem now. That’s not bad considering that just two years ago, climbing a set of stairs would leave me breathless. My oncologist telling me that my lungs were clear was the icing on the cake of the good feelings I’ve had breathing lately.
From now on, I am losing weight. So far this summer, I have been able to lose about one to two pounds a week. I haven’t made a lot of progress on quitting smoking yet, but honestly, I’m more focused on losing weight. Hopefully, my body will continue to heal, making it easier for my immune system to fight off the lymphoma when I fall out of remission. No matter what, though, I am very thankful to be breathing!
Song of the Day: Breathe
Doing a post about breathing makes this classic Pink Floyd song come to mind. It really does feel good being able to breathe again!
Bonus Song: Feeling Good Again
I’ve featured this great song from Robert Earl Keen a few times. And I’m going to do it again. This song really sums up how I feel about being able to breathe again. This is a live version of the track I found on YouTube.