Last Saturday I was traveling to Nebraska to see my younger brother, and had a freak accident with a semi. My guardian angel watched out for me and I walked away without so much as a scratch, although I was terribly shaken up. The insurance appraiser looked at it this week, and broke my heart when he told me that it was beyond repair. The good thing is we received more than we anticipated for the payout. That helped greatly as I searched for a replacement vehicle and yesterday Morgan and I raced against the incoming snow storm to test drive the car I wanted. It is one model year newer than mine, but is the same color as it was except for the interior. It is a tan color. I will miss my beautiful slate grey interior, but wasn't going to let a small detail like that bother me and I paid my deposit to hold it. Next week it will be mine!
My other exciting news is how my treatment is going. I started two new medications after my December appointment. No more Tamoxifen, and I started Letrozole and an oral chemotherapy drug called Ibrance. Sadly, I seem to be waging a battle against nausea and even some vomiting from time to time. But I take a couple pills a day. Compared to some other people, my treatment is easy so I don't feel as though I have a right to complain. My pain is much better controlled than it had been and I am down to my scheduled pain medication and maybe 2-3 pills for breakthrough pain. Compared to the 24 pills a day I was taking back in October, I feel that things are taking a great turn.
My doctor was very pleased about my bloodwork. The new med I am on has some serious possible side effects on lab work, but mine came back very good. As he reviewed all them with me he kept saying how pleased he was. His physical exam went just as well. He said that the dimpling the tumor caused is almost gone and he had difficulty palpating it so clearly it has shrunk. I asked him the question that has scared me to think about since this all began. Does he think I will be able to work in a hospital as a nurse again? I was pleasantly surprised to hear him respond with 'I don't see why not.' We are going to make some changes to my pain medications next month and he is going to do some scans to see how my bones are responding. I'm crossing my fingers that next month I can make my long-awaited return to the job I love so much. Another dose of Xgeva to strengthen my bones, and my day came to an end.
The stressful part about my lab work is the one that's most important is one they need to send to an outside lab for processing. So I sit on pins and needles until it posts to my online account, which is normally 2 1/2 days after my appointment. Yesterday, my doctor had his nurse to tell me the great news. My tumor marker had dropped to 60, down from the original 83. We want it to get below 39. My cancer is responding very well! I've been super nervous with the medication change to know if things were still on the right track. I almost screamed with happiness when I got off the phone. Yes, the medicine sucks because I struggle with nausea, but it's saving my life, so who cares?
So, sorry for the long post again, but I am another day closer to getting my life back. One day closer to returning to the job I love. And another day has passed that I am still here. The power of prayer does work. I believe it more and more every day. Thanks to all of you for your continuing support. You all mean everything to my family and me. Thanks for the cards, the gifts, the food, and even the kind words when we run into you in the grocery store or Wal*Mart. We have tried very hard to get thank you cards out to everyone and I know we have missed a few people and I am so sorry. Don't take that as us not appreciating your gift, because we have never been so overwhelmed with love as we have during the past few months.
Thanks for your continued support! I love you all! I’ve never been so blessed! 💙💗💚
My daughter has started a page to help with medical costs and the loss of my income. If you would like to help out, click here.