The Results Are In

After several days of ‘phoning around and chasing for answers, I’ve just received a call from Paul, a nurse from the chest cancer department, to discuss the results of my PET scan.

He explained that the tumour they found just before Christmas glowed bright red in the scan, revealing itself as definite cancer. There were also a number of lymph nodes which are showing abnormalities.

While they’re not ‘glowing’ like the tumour, they are a cause for concern.

So, here’s the plan…

After the weekend, I will be having a lung function test. I was due to have that two days ago, on Monday but, thanks to a heavy cold and chesty cough, I wasn’t able to have the test done.

I need to be well enough this time.

After the lung function test, I will be going into surgery shortly afterwards.

The surgeon will remove the tumour, and the lymph nodes of concern.

Bizarrely, The Lymph Nodes of Concern was the name of my Radiohead tribute band in college.

Once they’ve been removed, the tumour and lymph nodes will be sent off for testing to discover if they are connected to my throat cancer, or whether I’ve been lucky enough to contract two separate types of cancer in under three years.

Yay, go me!

Have you noticed I’m making jokes?

Yeah, you have.

And you probably know what that means.

I’m scared.

Really scared.

And that’s strange.

I knew this was coming, but being given the details has knocked me flat. Almost as though this all might have been some bad dream, and that I might wake up to find I didn’t have to go through this shit all over again.

But, it’s not a dream.

Not even a bad one.

Cancer really has come back to carry on from where it left off.

To try to kill me.


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8 thoughts on “The Results Are In

  1. Oh Tommy, what a horror show, I’m so sorry. I wish it was possible to send actual strength but for what it’s worth I’m sending positive energy through the ether and willing you on. Much love

  2. Scared is good. It means that you have things you value and things left to do. This means you are up for the fight. Also, only a fool would not be scared. Best of luck to you for the forthcoming festivities.

  3. Tommy, scared is what helps you fight the hardest. Scared is what has you holding on with a Bear Hug to your family and friends, who are giving you as much love and strength as they possibly can. You will kick cancers ass, it won’t be the other way around. I am sending you all the love and positive energy I can. Love your family.

  4. After following your journey with you last time, but not having read your recent blog until today, I must say Tommy, I’m absolutely gutted to read your news.
    I can totally understand YOUR fear… but just imagine how the cancer feels!
    It CLEARLY doesn’t know who you are!!
    I can’t BELIEVE it’s having another bash!
    So take a few steps back, take a run up and kick it, good and hard right in the nuts!! You can do this!!!
    Once again, sending you powers!⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️
    Angela x

  5. I am so so sorry. What total shit life is being to you; it’s so unfair. Of course you’re scared — who wouldn’t be? We’re all still behind you for the next stage of the fight xx

  6. I have belief Tommy that you’ll beat it. If I were the cancer – knowing it was you – I’d be scared… very, very scared! Get stuffed cancer!

  7. So, so sorry to hear this Tommy… life can be so bloody unfair. But, you’ve kicked its arse once before, you can do it again. Seconds out, round two… the whole crowd is behind you Tommy. Love and hugs to you and your family xxxx

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