Pam Edel

On Dec. 18th I got the call that my cancer was back.  This time it changed it's form, now the cancer that has revisited me is Hodgkin's Lymphoma. What does that mean?  This form of Lymphoma can be cured about 85-90% of the time. Only this time the treatments are a lot harder than before. So if you're into the cancer lingo, they're going to treat mine with what's called ABVD  forms of chemo. you can google those letters and it will explain the lovely process I'll be dealing with.  This time I will lose my hair, so on Sunday I made the visit to Joni Tickalsky  yes on Sunday she opened up her shop so I could get my head measured for a lovely wig, thank God Larry came with and it was quite harmless. A few minutes later we picked one and got it order.  I'll send photos once I learn how to do that. LOL  I have had most of the tests done in December like CT Scan, PET Scan, I've had a stint put in to help drain my kidney since the tumor is resting against it and causing my to have a side ache, with that done, I had a biopsy of the tumor done, and that's how they found out what type of Lymphoma I have.  On to Mayo in Rochester to get a second opinion, we had the wonderful opportunity to meet Dr. Colgan, who has been an oncologists since 1975.  He calmed me down and walked both of us through the journey we're going to go through, and we decided to work with him and his team. He ordered another battery of tests some got done that day, but Friday the 17th we'll be going back to have a bone marrow test done to make sure it's not in my bones. and a pulmonary test to make sure my lungs can handle what's coming next.  Larry and I'll be meeting with Dr. Colgan again the week of the 20th, to go over the chemotherapy treatment again and when it will start. I do know that I will be getting treatments every two weeks for 6 months, the treatments should last from 3-4 hours. The side effects will soon be known so I'll let you know how much fun we're having a little later.   I want to thank everyone who has come up to both Larry and I and have offered their help in anyway they can, including prayers. I believe in miracles and that God will get us through this, if I could, I would,  ask God to just skip the next 6 months and get us to the end where it's completely gone. But I'm sure there's a lesson I'm needing to learn through this journey, so here we go again. I couldn't ask for anyone better to be by my side, Larry was with me every step of the way last time, this time I hope he let's our friends help with getting me to appointments, since the spring planting season will be here before you know it. Thanks again for all the prayers and well wishes so far, we'll get through this with the help of God. 

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