On Tuesday I had an appointment at the Royal Free Hospital in London to have my wound examined and get the results of a recent CT scan.
No sign of any cancer cells in my colon, abdomen, chest or liver and my liver has been restored to normal function. Hearing those words sent a wave of warmth and happiness surging at tsunami proportions from my feet up through my body and exiting via a big smile.
Jaq here; I wanted to title this post "Laughing Man Returns," because after we returned home Tuesday evening, the stress and worry melted away from us both and Les' sense of humor and happiness returned. His laugh lines were back again and we sat at the dinette reading Friday jokes from Canal World Forum and laughing until we were doubled over with tears in our eyes. We fell asleep cuddled into each other with hugs, silly grins stretching across our faces. We had our celebratory dinner last night and will just chill out the rest of the week.
Les will travel back to London for scans and blood tests every three months for a while. And we will stack the deck in our favor in all the ways and means at our disposal as is only sensible for any cancer survivor. He has no problem now taking a raft of supplements including IP-6--a non toxic chemotherapeutic agent which has shown tremendous promise in lab trials with rats in which colorectal cancer was initiated and allowed to grow unchecked for six months, after which the rats were fed IP-6 and all colorectal cancer cells and tumors were destroyed.
Bacon, sausage, red meat, and sugary sweets are delicious but deadly memories. We will allow ourselves a very rare occasional treat during the holidays but otherwise our diet consists of fruit, berries, nuts, veg, some chicken and fish.
Les wants to assure everyone that while this may sound like a meager 60's hippy and granola diet, he is full, satisfied, and his sweet tooth is quite happy with a fresh homemade yogurt and fresh fruit parfait in place of cakes, pies, candy and biscuits (cookies).
I am walking two miles a day every day to help heal my left knee which has compensated for my right S-I joint being out for most of this past year. Each day I feel less pain and more strength in my knee.
Roll on January 30th after which we will cruise out of this marina and turn right, heading slowly north, cruising back to our lives on the cut which will be the best medicine of all!!