I'm on my way to my first PET (positron emission tomography) scan. Not to say that I will have to have several of these, it's just the first in this lifetime. If you are unfamiliar with PET scanning, let me explain what I know. I'll be injected with a small amount of radioactive glucose. After the injection, you rest in a quiet room for about an hour. This gives the glucose time to go through your bloodstream. Then it's into the scanner. From what I've been told, the actual scan lasts about 30 minutes. The result is colorful image of my insides. Cancer cells metabolize sugar faster than normal cells. PET scan results show the areas of abnormal glucose metabolism and exactly where the areas are located. This will help my doctors determine if the cancer has spread to another area of my body. Is it weird that I'm excited about this? I'm looking forward to a couple of hours of peace and quiet. Time to go... I'll post again soon!
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I am a 26 year old cancer "ass kicker." In my free time I like to read novels that tug at your heart strings, play with my dogs, dance to any kind of music and (poorly) sing along to whatever is playing. I would not be the person I am today without my loving family and friends who support me in everything I do and laugh at my bad jokes.