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) Journal entry by Jane Hixon — 7/31/2016
One of my most brilliant nurse friends has suggested this
CaringBridge site so I can keep in touch with my friends and share with
you what happens along the way. " Share each others burdens and thus fulfill Christ's way" is from the scriptures" teaching.
I was recently hospitalized at "my" hospital (SPAH) and very ,very well
cared for by everyone. I had a fever of unknown origin so I was treated
with BIG antibiotics. In trying to find the cause, a large mass was
discovered deep in my pelvic abdominal space. Through guided imagery by
CT, biopsies were done and lo and behold, there is a malignancy. I came
home that Sunday, fever gone, still on antibiotics, and with directions
to meet the oncologist.
.Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Stacey Rogers gynecological and oncology surgeon. She is a
Nutritionist as well as a research scientist working on Lieomyoscarcoma
of the uterus an a VOA oncologist.
THE GOOD NEWS IS NO SURGERY!! The BETTER NEWS IS NO COLOSTOMY OR URINARY DIVERSION!
This little barnacle like cancer throughout my peritoneal cavity will be
attacked by Carboplatin and Taxol. And- I will get a new look! Blonde,
brunette, red head???
I have peritoneal cancer or Mullerian Adenocarcinoma. It
is a rare type of cancer in women ( did you think I would have an
ordinary cancer?--silly you!!) that presents with out warning symptoms (
yep!) until one is a Stage 3 or better. I am a Stage 3-C. I did ask if a
"C" was better or worse than an "a" and she said no, it just describes
how the little buggers spread. Mine is compared to the barnacles on the
hull of a ship and they are scattered throughout the abdominal cavity,
cling to tissues and organs.. That's why no surgery as it is impossible
to get 'em all.
So, we will just have to kill the suckers where
they are. Bring on the Carbo and Taxol- but first, getting a Mediport (
More good news! I will get treatments at the VOLVO
pkwy office -- 7 minutes from my house-can drive myself to and from-
plus LUNCH is served free while you infuse! Now how great is that!! Who
said there are no free lunches!
We went in to meet the nurses today and it was a blast! What laughter and hugs all the 'way round.
Next week I will get the Mediport device so I won't get stuck a lot with
people searching for veins and a trip to the Unique Boutique at SPAH for
free beauty and wig lessons - all FREE.
I plan to be so glamorous that you guys won't know me.
85 % of the women treated with this regimen have some response.
50% live 5 years and 10% make it 10 years.
Guess which group I plan to be in???
This coming week, I am doing all the "get ready for chemo things" going to
get fitted for a wig ( after much consideration I decided to remain with
my medium black hair look), seeing my dentist for a check-up, and then
chemo teaching for instruction and learning.
I am still waiting for a Mediport surgery appointment as once they do it, I have to wait
about 5 days till the incision heals before starting treatment.
I have the symptoms of cancer but it has no power over me.
What can you do for me now? Pray that my gifts and my calling shall live and
not die- and that God will heal the Temple that carries them to be