So, those are a couple of great questions.
First of all, I am SO glad you were with me during those first two meetings because I have total selective memory/amnesia because of the trauma. I don't remember much of either of those conversations with the oncologist or the NP. I was a walking, talking zombie.
But, now that I'm retaining some information, I do know that the purpose of the post-chemo scan is to set a new baseline - my surgery was seven months ago, and there will be some scarring in my gut and maybe even some funky stuff going on from a healing perspective. They need to see what my innards look like now that I've had a chance to heal from the colon resection.
Then, we go from there. Hot Onc says he'll see me every three months for three years, but it may be to have scans, it may be to check in, etc. When I talked with my PCP, he told me that my job will be to just "show up" for whatever comes next.
I don't yet know when my port can come out but it will definitely be after the first set of scans, at least.
Lots to come!
This is why it's probably never really over.
Also, I will celebrate every single milestone because I can. xo