Day 23: The Checkup

Every six months I travel to a local hospital to have my brain scanned by a loud machine.

MRI Scan

Every six months I travel to a local hospital to have my brain scanned by a loud machine.

Called an MRI scanner (which stands for Magnetic resonance imaging), it provides an image of my brain tumour for my cancer team to analyse.

Ever since my original diagnosis in the summer of 2012, every six months I have had these checkups to see if my brain cancer has got worse.

This is all a bit nerve-wracking, broadly similar to waiting for exam results (really important exam results), but thankfully I have managed to get used to it.

After venturing into a clinical room, I wait for two of my cancer team to break me the news.

The first set of results in 2012 showed some shrinkage of the tumour and ever since they have been ‘stable’, much to my relief.

Despite the positive news so far, I remain fully aware that one day the news might not be so good, which is why it remains essential that we have a well-functioning NHS (are you listening Jeremy Hunt?) and smarter cancer research.

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