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It has been ages since I have been at the computer doing an update. As a wise friend has said numerous times in the ast fe months, normal is not always the same. I am beginning the new normal now.
As many of you know I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in January 2009. I opted to have bilateral mastectomies at the time. One was done for cancer and the other one was so I didn't have to go through it again. (I actually had 2 different tumors in my right breast and one of them would more often than not would metastasize to the other side.). I had chemo therapy which was suppose to be 2 different drugs. I became allergic the the second med and was taken off my chemo.I started a medicine by mouth that I have been on for 7 years. I also had 28 radiation treatments,By the end of August 2009, my treatments were done an I was beginning my life again.
I have been going to my onclogist every 3-4 months sine 2009. I have been getting a CA 27/29 test and it has been running in the teens. Normal is up to 38. In April it jumped to 22. My oncologist Saint to get another one when I got my port flushed. (I have kept my port since it has not caused me any problems. I get it flushed every 6 weeks.). I did that just before we left for a wonderful vacation I Great Britian. It had gone up to 32 and so she had ordered a CAT Scan and a Bone Scan which was done the day after we got home. The Bone Scan showed some suspicious areas in my neck, pelvis, and ribs. I followed with a PET Scan. I had another appointment with my oncologist and she ordered a Bone Biopsy to definitively get a diagnosis of metastasis to my bones from my breast cancer 7.5 years go. With the definitive diagnosis from the bone biopsy, my oral medicine will be changed and I will bet 2 shots in my butt 3 times th first month and then once a month thereafter.
I believe that this new normal will be doable. Fortunately for me, the major negative symptom that I have ha in the past is fatigue. That and possible white blood cell reduction are what I am to expect. Fortunately, naps amid I are no strangers...
Since Caring Bridge allows met to vent and it allows those of you that choose to keep up, I will continue from here on out on Caring Bridge. Don't expect a brilliant piece of writing. I never have and never will be a writer. It will get me an avenue to explore and educate those that choose to follow.