Sunday, January 29, 2012
Chemotherapy, Great wigs and A Puffy Smile!
I wish I had better news to share. I can't believe the strength I have to get through these horrible, exhausting doctor visits and scans. I am still completely wiped out. I wish I could be in bed all the time. My swelling pains are better! Things are detoxing out of my system. Perfect...now toxic chemo enters. I shake my head in shock. It's kind of funny now! Let's just keep kicking Michelle down.
My new scans showed growth. They found another lesion/tumor in my liver and a new one in my lung. I also have a blood clot in that lung and have been taking daily shots in my belly of Lovenox. I am a pin cushion.The spinal tumors are still acting funny. The larger one in my lower spine has shrunk, great. Then I have the two higher ones. One of them got slightly larger. It's still early to tell how the IGR effected the tumors. Sometimes tumors swell from radiation before they shrink down. We will scan again in February and wait for better results. Hoping some of the pain will soon subside. That would be nice.
I was happily introduced to my new fantastic Oncologist, Dr. Shwartz. Chief of Melanoma and Sarcoma.
www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/doctor/gary-schwartz. Here's a link.
We were so impressed with him. Not only does he have a wonderful demeanor, but he came in the room with a plan. He did his research on me, a thorough background check. Like a stalker and I loved it! The plan is not to keep tumors at bay and watch them stay stable.We are trying to cure me. To kick this cancer out of my body instead of the watch and wait game. He went back and read up on the tumors removed. Basically, every pathology came back with the same kind results that gave him the confidence on the type of Chemotherapy to administer. So, I am starting chemo :( I am not upset about it the way I thought I would be. I have to do something and I feel trying this is a positive thing. Whatever the outcome...I need to try. My body will heal. It will be difficult. I will be strong and get through it....I will!
Thursday, I will start my first round of Chemotherapy in the city. Then I will wait three weeks and do another one. We will then scan and see if there is any shrinking or a change. If so, I will continue on and kill it all!
It will hopefully be a great day for me and all of us.....It's Ground Hogs Day! No Snow Please! We are already closer to spring. I know it's been a wonderful Ny winter, warm. But, please let's get going. I don't like the snow! I spent this morning on the beach with my dogs running in and out of the water. It was such a great way to start the day. The morning sunshine was lovely on my face. I was smiling the biggest from ear to ear....Puffy face ear!