Friday, November 27, 2009

Last Chemo!!!!!

It has been awhile since I have been able to blog for a few reasons...first, being that this 4Th and FINAL chemo was very different from the first three. I was sick with flu like symptoms for the past week and a half and McCauley and I have been staying with the Smedley Grandparents (hers not mine) since the chemo treatment.
The good news is that chemo is finally finished! I met with the radiation doctor, Dr. Mattar, on Monday. I did finally ask what type of cancer I had and it was triple negative breast cancer. This is a fairly new type of cancer that has only been around for the past 6-7 years. The only good news about this cancer is it does respond very well to chemotherapy for stage 1 and stage 2 cancer. It was the usual kind of cancer visit, if you have never been to a cancer type doctor visit before I will sum it up.
First, you are always weighed in(I never have lost ANY weight expect for right after McCauley's birth...of course my luck...), then you are asked a million questions about your life and previous health (mine always ends with "why did you get this cancer...must just be bad luck."), then you are told your percentages for how the treatment will work on your type of cancer (mine was 90% recovery rate from Dr. Metcalf and only 70% from Dr. Mattar...this made me immediately make a note to self to go along with Dr. Metcalf's percentage rate), then the doctor explains the treatment and its side effects. I told Dr. Matar that last summer, meaning summer of 2008, I knew something was wrong with my body. I felt achy all the time and tired. I went to my doctor and he pulled blood work, told me I was fine and sent me home. This summer when I found the cancer, on my own, it was like "oh finally, there it is, that was why I haven't been feeling well." She looked at me like I was crazy!
I will be having radiation for 6 weeks beginning sometime after Christmas, its not that they give Holidays off or anything, its that the doctors normally wait 4-6 weeks to begin radiation therapy after chemo. Radiation therapy side effects are mostly exhaustion and I will go 5 days a week for 15 minutes each day. The machine at the radiation center was brought to Lexington 8 years ago. It was the second of its kind in the whole world and one of the Doctors where I am going helped to create it. It is unique because it only radiates the area you want to treat instead of the old machines that radiated the entire body. The social worker who sits in on all visits with the patients asked me if I was fearful, anxious, scared, etc...and what was the worst part of having cancer....I told her "Its so TIME CONSUMING!!!". Some people have chemotherapy for 8 hours a day, EVERYDAY.
On the 1st of December I will have my PET scan to make sure the cancer is gone and I will receive the results the following day from Dr. Metcalf.
On a brighter note McCauley is now 2 months old! She had her six week visit on the 12Th and weighed 8lbs. 9 Oz's. She is now sleeping from about 10pm waking only once a night to eat and then waking up around 8am! She is much more alert and stays up most of the day.

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