2006 was another challenging year! After some months of investigation with a prolonged gap in between doctor’s visits, I was diagnosed with Stage 1V Follicular Lymphoma, a treatable but incurable form of Lymphoma. After a surgical biopsy in July, I started chemotherapy at the end of August and continued until Christmas. I tolerated it fairly well, but had some low grade fever for two weeks after the third cycle. As the scan showed a marked improvement in the size of the nodes in November, chemotherapy was stopped after four cycles. This will be an ongoing battle, but I have maintained a cheerful and upbeat attitude throughout, appreciating each day that I felt good, and there were quite alot of them!
It was a very uneventful year otherwise, apart from the highlight when Robert and Nicola visited us again and became engaged while they were here. It was so wonderful and we are so pleased! Their visit was such a pleasure though, unfortunately, that was when I had my fever, so it was all a bit of a struggle. I loved seeing them though!
Mike’s brother Winston, his wife and children also spent an hour or two with us as they visited Nassau on a cruise in July. It was good to see them again after so many years.
Mike continued to feel well and looked great! He had cataract surgery in September and it was very successul. He was back to work in two weeks much to my chagrin! I was hoping he would take more time off as this was all the leave he had for the year, apart from a week when Robert and Nicola were here.
Thanks to the internet and modern technology, we were able to see how well Siena was developing and to get the latest tit bits of her amusing chatter. I was able too, to keep in constant touch with Sand, who has been so supportive throughout my diagnosis and treatment.