It was three years ago today that I had surgery on my left foot. It's been three years that I am cancer free! And yes, I am very grateful to God- for all of his blessings.
Even though my doctor says that I'm in the "clear", I am still very fearful that this cancer (P.H.A.T of the soft tissue) will reappear again.
This type of cancer is rare...the first time I had surgery for this "lump" on my foot, my orthopoedic had absolutely no idea it was cancer, not until the results from pathology came back. There had been only 14 cases reported so far...I was now number 15.
My orthopoedic then sent me to UCSF's Orthopoedic Oncologist, where he said that if anyone knew about this type of cancer, it would be there. Well, they knew of it- but from slides! I was actually their first patient diagnosed with PHAT...their first patient!!
This period in my life was very, very painful... Previous surgeries didn't stop the cancer, so this time the Orthopoedic Oncologist was going to take drastic measures- wide excission (8cm X 8cm) with a skin graft taken from my thigh. Oh my god, the pain!
Needless to say, I spent a whole week in the hospital, then went to my mom's for a couple of months, and finally came home when I was able to "sort of" walk and do things on my own.
Todos los dias le doy gracias a Dios...pues veo mi pie (y semejante pozo que me quedó de recuerdo) y de dónde me quitaron piel para cubrir la herida, y digo que lo mio fue sólo un susto en comparación con otros pacientes de cancer.
Mi doctor dice que este cancer es "raro"...y que no saben mucho de el. Por lo pronto, mi doctor me revisa cada 6 meses y me hace varios tipos de analysis. El temor es que si regresa, es muy probable que regrese a los pulmones. Espero en Dios que esto nunca suceda.