The days since the last journal entry have flown by. Lots and Lots of sleep and napping. Had Chemo #6 & Final. Then lot's of Dr. appointments and tests. Twenty-one days after last chemo, right on schedule we began the year long treatment of having herceptin infusions. (for hers2 positive breast cancer). First one went pretty well, second one seems to have left me feeling as bad as or worse than a chemo infusion. So, have an appointment with my oncologist next week to we can get to the bottom of that situation. Sure not looking forward to a year of being that dang sick every 21 days....................oh my...................
Anyway, all the lab reports, blood tests, and echo cardiograms looked good; so it was on to the piece de resistance; that all encompassing double mastectomy. Four weeks have passed and I'm beginning to use my arms again, and have begun the exercises to get full range of motion back. (by the way; if you know anyone going through this surgery I more than highly recommend a body pillow; could not have possibly gotten through this month without that pillow!!!) In conjunction with the mastectomy the reconstruction of my anatomy was begun. The plastic surgeon placed a skin stretcher underneath my skin. I have an appointment with him next week for a "fill" to stretch the skin a bit more to bring my appearance somewhat back to normal in those swim suits I like to wear all summer :) I'll know more about that after the appointment.
The really really really awesome great news, came at my one week check up after that mastectomy~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ there was not one speck of cancer to be found in the tested tissue, or the "sentinel lymph node" from the surgery. I still have my lymph nodes!! I don't have cancer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll have herceptin infusions for a year.
I am planning on heading home in the next four to six weeks. I will miss my daughter and her family, and those hugs and giggles from my grandchildren. I sure could not have done this as well as we have without their support and help. They have hauled me all over two counties to keep appointments, plus just helping in general, which turned out to be more of a full time job than I had ever dreamed. Bill, my husband, has made quite a few trips to the Dallas area to help also but he is really ready to take over and eager for me to get back home and I am really looking forward to being home again.
And that dear friends brings you totally up to date. I think :)