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I'm a planner and I really get very uncomfortable when I can't get answers, don't know what might happen - or might not. A friend says I must be up to Plan M by now....
This is all to say that the uncertainty of my future was reaching extremely uncomfortable levels - not knowing if I should even attempt to book teaching events, if I would have to suddenly cancel all my commitments.
So one of the burning questions - indeed, the burning question I had for the oncologist today was - when can I expect to need to set aside 6-8 months of my life again to concentrate on treatment?
He was very honest and said that conservatively I can expect an 18 month remission from the last Rituximab (the end of May, 2013), that once it comes back - because it is indolent (i.e. slow growing) - that treatment would likely begin 2 to 3 years once 'relapse' has occurred.
So, conservatively, I can expect to have the next 4 years fairly 'free' from worry in terms of booking teaching events.
This is a huge load off my mind. I make a fairly large percentage of my income from teaching and not knowing what to expect was leaving me feeling like I ought not book anything. Knowing something of what lies ahead, I feel confident that I can make those bookings and follow through on them.
But that isn't all. I returned home from my appointment at the clinic to an email confirming a date for the Next Big Project. It is far enough away that I can make it through the current show season, do my teaching commitments in the months ahead and still have time to do all the preparations that need to be done in order to be ready.
I haz a happy.