I have a surgery date!

I went to visit Mounds earlier this week and we discussed the next leg of my journey.  Surgery will be on July 11 (Happy Birthday Katie S!).  Mounds will be doing three separate surgeries at that time, so my chest will be a very busy place.  The main surgery will be scraping off & scooping out muscle and tissue trying to find those stinkin rotten cancer cells.  Next will be installing some faux tissue stuff.  I think he called it AlloDerm.  After that he will be relocating fat (of course he had to go an point out the fat again!) from an area just below my arm pit and use that to attempt to fill a big pit I have from the first surgery.  He was talking about making a tunnel and pulling the fatty stuff through so it ends up in the pit.  I have just been imaging a fat river waterfalling into the crater on my chest.  That makes me giggle.

Recovery might be a little tough but it will be worth it if I end up cancer free.  Fortunately, the dogs have been practicing sleeping on my lap.  A lot.  They will be good and ready to be warm compresses when the time comes.

After I recover from all of that I will start radiation.  I was hoping to avoid it but apparently with cancer, all roads lead to radiation.  Yippee.  That treatment is every day – 5 days a week.  I think the doctors were talking 5 weeks of that.  I will know more when I go in for another consult.

Enough about stupid cancer.  Time to talk about something fun!  My granddaughter is coming out for a visit next week.  Since she is a baby and can’t travel alone my son and his wife will be joining her again on this trip.  I am so excited to see her again.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


End of Chemo!

End of Chemo!

I got to ring the bell at the chemo suite to announce my final chemo treatment.
I am so proud of my body for enduring the last grueling 5 months. I think it has earned some chocolate for all it has been through!
Now I am off to relax in the swim spa. Have a great day.


Chemo is better with company!

Chemo is better with company!

Jennilee and Tina brought me lunch and visited while I was getting my infusion today. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family that is so supportive.
Today was my 7th chemo treatment. Only one more to go! In two weeks I will be done with this phase of my battle. My body is tolerating the chemo pretty well. I have the side effects but those are manageable. My red cell count is low – the lowest it has been since I started this journey. I was told to rest more and take it easy. I am pretty sure that means no housework, right? All those in favor? Done. No cleaning. Thank you chemo.
Tomorrow I meet with the radiation oncologist to get his opinion on the second surgery before/instead of radiation. I am all for the surgery but want the input of my whole team. Before I meet with him I will get the dreaded belly shot. I certainly won’t miss those suckers.
Have a wonderful day!