Am I Still Cancer Free? The Pandemic Delayed My Latest Scan, But Now It’s Time to Find Out

The last update to my cancer journey was in January, long before any of us had heard of COVID-19. Back then I had reached a milestone in treatment and recovery: I was cancer-free for one year.

My next scan and checkup was set for 6 months. That would have been June. But the pandemic had its own ideas about whose medical needs came first, and who should avoid situations where they could be exposed to the virus.

So here we are in August. Things have calmed down and it’s OK to continue doctors visits like this.

Kristine and me, checking in at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood.Patrick O’Connor/Sparkt

I have to be honest, the days leading up to a scan still aren’t easy. You ponder the “what ifs” until you hear the actual results. It’s nerve wracking for me and for my wife Kristine who has been by my side every step of the way.

This is how our day played out at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center:

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