Results from the June CAT scan are in. The doctors still want to make absolutely sure that it is what they think it is, but it appears that either radiation or chemotherapy will be in my very near future. A new 1.9cm mass was found in the left periaortic lymph node, right about where they would expect it to be based on past history. It was not evident in the April or February scans.
Stage IIA Seminoma. This is the best case for Stage II, with 90 to 95% complete cure rate, depending on who you talk to. Fantastic odds. And yet, this has not prevented me from feeling extraordinarily stressed and downright depressed since receiving the news earlier today.
With the initial diagnosis and treatment, I pretty much took everything in stride. I think I even surprised myself at how well I handled it. This one, for some reason, has me pretty rattled right now. Despite continuing outstanding odds of full recovery. Ugh.
As it is very necessary when battling any disease, I'll work on regaining my optimism in the morning after some much needed rest.