Sandra Bishnoi's Journal
Written Jan 22, 2014 9:17amGood morning everyone,
For simplicity, I am going to give a brief overview of the plan instead of calling everyone individually.
1. Stop Tamoxifen (estrogen therapy)
2. Shutting down ovaries using Zoladex (4 shots given in the stomach, 1 time per month, first one was yesterday)
3. Radiation to pelvis (Feb 10th, 30 - 45 min)
4. Start aromatase inhibitor (sometime after ovaries are no longer functioning, prevents fat cells from producing estrogen)
There may be minor tweaks to the plan as we go, but for now my onc thinks that we won't have to start chemo yet. We will follow me with PET scans (probably every 3 months) to make sure things are resolving and not getting worse. We also may remove my ovaries (oophorectomy), but are waiting for a consultation with a gynecological oncologist before we decide for sure.
Things are definitely moving at a much slower pace than the last time we started this (BTW, just had my 3 Year Cancer-versary), but that is the price you pay for a large institution.
For now, we are all trucking along at our usual pace, trying to keep life as normal and boring as possible. I am still out walking as much as time will allow and keeping up with the rest of life. I am very thankful for a flexible and supportive job to have a place to go where I don't have to think too much about my own situation. I appreciate everyone's prayers, happy thoughts, and positive energies that you have sent our way. Please know that they make a world of difference!!!
Hugs to you all and have a blessed day,
Bad news / good news
Written Jan 10, 2014 10:54amIt has been a rough couple of days. I went in on Monday for my routine scan thinking that everything was fine and dandy. When I went with Dr. U on Tuesday, I was floored to learn that I have a 5 cm tumor in my hip. He ordered a PET scan for Thursday to rule out any other metastatic sites. I have been on pins and needles ever since. The preliminary report that I got today shows that my hip is the main site of action. This is wonderful news and I thank those of you who have been praying. I will meet with the radiation onc today to see if stereotactic radiation is an option. I will still have to have my ovaries shut down and switch estrogen therapies but no chemo for now. Who knew you could be so happy to have cancer? I will keep taking one day at a time and baby steps forward. Big, giant, virtual hugs to you all!
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
Written Dec 18, 2013 4:54pmDear friends,
I have been debating this a while. Though I have participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for the last two years, I normally don't commit to the walk until I get the results of my January scans. I also was really tempted to not do the walk in 2014. Training for the walk takes a serious time commitment and now that I am working full-time, I doubted that I would be able to make that type of commitment. However, in light of the events of 2013, I feel more compelled than ever to do this walk. The loss of four young women (Carla, Genevieve, Rachel, and Jennifer) from metastatic breast cancer has brought the reality of the disease to a new level even beyond my own experience. I will start serious fundraising in the Spring, but I wanted to let everyone know now in case they were interested in year-end giving. I have appreciated your support in the past and hope that you will be willing to support me again this year. I am hoping that I am not being overly optimistic and that my scans on Jan 6 will continue to show no evidence of disease! If anyone is interested in joining me on a 40 mile walk, please let me know and we can form a team!
I hope that you have a relaxing holiday season. Remember to hold on tight to those that you love. Being there for one another is truly the most important aspect of the season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!