I posted the full story of my mom’s CCA journey in the Introductions section, but I want to shout from the rooftops that my mom just had a clean quarterly scan at 19 months post-Whipple. Her next scan will be right around 2 years since diagnosis. She had her Whipple at MSKCC in New York in June of 2016 and followed it with 6 months of adjuvant chemo (not sure which one). She had her scan a week ago, but her follow-up appointment where she was to get the results was cancelled twice due to the “bomb cyclone” we had here in the Mid-Atlantic, so it has been a tough week waiting for results.
Since being diagnosed, my now-70-year-old mom has started doing yoga, riding her bike, walking more, eating better (though she has always eaten very healthfully), and generally just taking good care of herself so that’s been a really great “side effect” as well. She does suffer from anxiety and mild depression now, specifically leading up to scans, for which she is seeking help.
Thank you to everyone for your courage, support, and wealth of knowledge.