As we all know, this time of year is when we reflect on all the things, we are grateful and thankful for. As I sit here and think about this year, I realize despite all the challenges 2020 has brought, both personally and professionally, I have an abundance to be thankful for and am truly blessed in so many ways. I have all my basic needs met, I have my faith, an incredibly loving and supportive family, an awesome group of friends, a job where I can share my passion and help others live longer and healthier lives, and have just received a call informing me that my recent test results show the changes in my brain are benign. Thank GOD!
As you know, I had fingernail melanoma 12 years. I was discharged from oncology two years ago but am still followed by high risk dermatology every year. About a month ago, I developed headaches, and right eye pain. I went for a dilated eye exam which was normal. My primary care physician ordered an MRI due to my cancer history which showed multiple lesions in my skull bone “suspicious” for metastasis from my previous melanoma. I immediately contacted my oncologist who ordered a PET CT of my entire body. The good news was that the results showed no cancer in my body but not enough detail of the brain to make a final diagnosis so off for another CT of my brain. Unfortunately, the news from that scan was not good. Initially the diagnosis was kidney cancer metastasized to my skull bone. My oncologist and the radiology team got together, reviewed the brain CT and after a very long week of waiting, this Monday, I received the call informing me I was cancer free, the changes in my brain didn’t appear to be metastasis but that I would need a follow up brain scan in 3 months.
I share this with you for a few reasons. First, many of you have been there supporting me over these difficult 5 weeks and I wanted to share the good news as well as say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Second and most important, to remind all of you of how precious and fragile life can be.
None of us have a crystal ball into the future. I do not know what the follow up brain scan will show, but what I do know is that I am trying my very best to make healthy decisions so I am ready for whatever life throws at me.
We all make choices every day that impact our health for life. I love the saying, you cannot change the past or predict the future, all you have is the present. It is a gift that every day is a new day and a fresh start to make different healthier choices. We can CHOOSE to eat healthy, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, stay emotionally and spiritually well, and surround ourselves with positive, supportive, loving family and friends.
All it takes is one call to change our lives forever! If you received that call today, like I did, is your body healthy and ready to deal with whatever is needed to save your life?
If not, it is never too late to start and take action! As this is the season for gift giving, think about giving yourself the gift of a longer, healthier, and happier life. Make your health a priority! Small simple changes = significant health rewards!
If you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes and this message has spoken to you, start today and change your tomorrows by registering for the next virtual Talk Me Healthy to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes 8-week course beginning on January 5th. I promise this course will be life changing, lifesaving and will get you on the path to preventing Type 2 Diabetes and its serious complication for LIFE!
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Remember, you never know when you will receive a call that changes your life forever. BE READY!!
Stay healthy and enjoy the holiday season safely!
Scherrie Keating RN, BSN, CDCES, CDC, NDPP Lifestyle Coach, CDP, Certified Ageless Grace Educator
Founder, Diabetes Kare Consulting, LLC
Creator, Diabetes Prevention for Life program