I was thrown off at my recent appointments. They changed the type of MRI, so it took double the time and was a lot more uncomfortable. If you know me, you know I really hate surprises at doctor visits. But it’s official, the time has come. My tumor is growing and I need to have chemo soon, or I will have to deal with symptoms. I would much rather begin the treatments, so the plan is to start in a couple weeks. I knew this was coming, so I’m not really surprised. There are 2 best chemo options now, they do different things, with different pros and cons, and we need to make a choice. I don’t think I’m going to loose all my hair, so that’s good news.
The bad news…my doctor is moving away. Over the past 8 years, she always has had time for me, listened to me and answered all my questions. She’s always made me feel like my cancer is inside my body, but it’s not something that I’ve needed to worry about all the time. Whenever my tumor has grown, she’s given me all the treatment options and then lets me choose. I trust her, and I know she doesn’t keep secrets about my MRI’s, so I don’t have to worry. What I have always liked best, though, is that she treats me like I have a meaning and like I am important. I really wish that Dr. Rao could be here with me for my next treatments. She’s truly the best cancer doctor out there…she has saved my life (actually, more than once).
I might be feeling yucky and have to miss some school over the next year. But I know many of you are wiling to be my support. I feel so lucky to have that, and appreciate it very much, more than you probably know. Get your flu shots, people. And send up a prayer as I get rolling here. It’s go time.
PS: We are setting up a Face Book Page so we can post some pics and quick thoughts along the way, to supplement Ana’s CaringBridge updates. Check out Ana’s Journey @AlongsideAna. Thanks for being such a wonderful community! Love, Heather & Kevin