Well, yet more news on the ongoing cancer battle!
I have finished radiation on my leg and spine! Thank God! I believe the spine radiation was causing all the nausea (my radiation oncologist disagrees) but if it’s easier tomorrow, well then we’ll know.
But wait! If we’ve finished leg and spine treatments, we should be done. Yes, we should. But unfortunately we are not.
The biopsy on my chest did indicate the presence of cancer. The rash is UGLY!!!! And it as even had the audacity to cross the scar lines that mark my “new” reconstructed girls and the remaining chest tissue. And it hurts. Doc Romer has ordered more tests on the tissue to see if it is the same type as the first cancer, and set me up for the first of my new set of chemo.
But on Mothers Day, as we gathered at Michelle’s for Marion’s pizza and strawberry shortcake (is there a better Mothers Day meal?), I complained that “my words weren’t working”. I can talk, but sometimes my words are slurred and it takes longer to get them out. My very helpful sister and BIL commented they often have that problem on Friday nights and inquired about my drinking habits! And we also thought it could be related to the pain meds I take.
We met with Romer and shared my speech concerns. He didn’t buy either increased alcohol consumption or pain meds. Scheduled for Brain MRI. The morning of the MRI I told Jeff I knew it was brain mets (metastases) because I couldn’t close my right eye while doing my makeup. We were right. There are several spots on my brain and on Friday the 13th I began a round of 10 whole brain radiation treatments. I expect to finish on Thursday, 5/26. We’ll get back to chemo soon after that.
To be honest, it has been a very difficult few weeks. I’m feeling better this weekend and hope that will last for my next 4 treatments. On Monday, I have a celebration at work recognizing my 25th anniversary. I hope my energy will last. We had the girls for a few hours today and didn’t know putt-putt could exhaust you!!!! But it was a good visit and we hope to spend more time with them this summer.
On a bright note, Cousin Vicki is here for a visit. We had a small birthday party yesterday for Charlie and I and we had a great time. I invited a few friends for homemade cake and ice cream. Mom upped the ante a bit and was going to pick up some chicken salad at Cub Foods. Well, Vicki took over and made veggie pizza, a fruited homemade chicken salad AND a cake from Ele that had 144 candles on it! Beck and Lise ignored instructions re: no presents. For Mom, they brought flowers in the shape of a birthday cake. For Charlie, a hat that says “32,872 days old but who’s counting”. And for me, a small gold glitter cowboy hat, a note that said “Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway. John Wayne. “. And a pair of earrings with purple crystals and saddle charms. A great celebration of Charlie’s 90th birthday and my 54th. I am incredibly blessed with amazing friends and family.