And So it began

"ONCE UPON A TIME"....there came along this little lump...insignificant really when you compare it to the entire world of lumps. That is, right up to the point that it wasn't...insignificant I mean............... and so began my journey.

A NEWER SHADE OF I more then SURVIVE...I am learning to THRIVE...

OF COURSE... we all know things are bound to get a little crazy with a surprise around most every corner...not to mention an assortment of bumps and bruises along the way...but I am ever thankful for them all...they have all made me who I am. So buckle up, hold on tight and enjoy the ride thru what I lovingly refer to as LIFE

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

     We are now 3 weeks post surgery and wow has the time flown by!!! I am still in pain....sadly....but to be expected when a nerve has been involved with the incision healing.....we are just hoping that it will eventually calm down and go away!!!!

     There has been such a huge amount of info and appointments thrown at me in the last few days I'm not sure my head has stopped spinning yet.....

     Friday was my (post-op) follow-up with the surgeon  where we found out the pathology from the tumor they removed and that 1 lymph node was also positive for cancer. Nothing that any of was wanted to hear but what we expected to hear. So I am off to meet the oncologist in the next couple of weeks to figure out our plan of attack. So I spent the weekend with VoR hanging out getting used to the chemo idea, knowing we have a couple of weeks to digest this latest info....WRONG!!!!

     Monday morning first thing I get a call from the oncology department with an appoint for tomorrow (Tuesday) with the oncologist and pathologists as well as an appt next week with a radiologist next week. Shocking....they just "happened" to have a cancellation again and hoped I was interested in taking it.....YA!!!!! Once again....the Lord is opening doors for me to fast-track thru the still amazes me.

     Tuesday....The closer I get to the appointment time the more nervous (sick to my tummy) I get. I am thinking this must be a pre-warning system that my body knows something's up and my head just hasn't figured it out yet....or...I am just a big old chicken and know that this is gonna involve needles an throwing 2 LEAST favorite things to do. So this is where everything up to this point all gets put together to give you the complete picture of your cancer....mine was not so pretty....but Trolls usually aren't. I have what they class as Grade 3 (ugliest, most aggressive type) and my cancer cells are Triple Negative (not protein, estrogen or fem-2 fed) so what this means is....they can not specialize a particular chemo to target just those cells....they have to hit everything full force. The call it the "Quick and Dirty treatment" 8 rounds of full force chemo (1 dose every 2 weeks) followed by some nasty shot then when it's all over....radiation. Those details I will learn next week.

     Now don't think I have time to sit around and feel sorry for myself....I have a whack load of tests and stuff to do before Oct. 9th final follow up with the oncologist before chemo starts. Blood work is the first order of business then echo cardiogram next week, a pik line (so I don't need to get poked each chemo appt), chest and abdominal and bone scans.....I think that's it so far......emphasis on the SO FAR part. Then you add the follow-ups with the surgical staff for the boob and my dance card is getting pretty full.  

 Like I have always said....