The results of the spinal biopsy came in. It was indeed colorectal cancer in my vertebrae. When I asked how it got there she said it could have been there from the beginning, but simply dormant. OR that it recently spread from the pulmonary nodules through the bloodstream to the spine. NO real way to know.
Whatever the story, the docs are confident that they got both spots that were in the brain and that they got most of it in the spine. The intention of the radiation I am beginning next week should stop the rest of the tumor in the spine. They are incredibly confident.
As of now the plan is simply to do the radiation and then readdress the overall situation.
For now I think I am just going to take things one day at a time and face the radiation each day.
My doc at this point thinks that after the radiation it may be simply a time to take a break while monitoring closely.
I’m still recovering. The back surgery was pretty intense and I still am struggling to do every day things. I did manage to work the entire time thus far by organizing courses and assignments online. I will be returning to work next week with some help of a disabilities team who will transport me, carry my things, etc.
It should be interesting. For now, I am resting when I can and working when I can.
Everyone has been relatively surprised at the things I have done. Me, I’ve been frustrated at the things that hold me back. But I will get there a little each day.