My Journal for 9-11-2017

Good morning Lord.

I come before you, overwhelmed a bit this morning.

Yesterday morning, Dave McCorkell died.  My heart is breaking…all day yesterday and today I have been thinking of Debbie, Kristen and Kim and what a hard day it was for them (and will continue to be).  I remember the day my Mom died so well.  It’s hard to be so far away from a friend who is hurting.

There has been severe flooding in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, and last night, Hurricane Irma hit Florida.  There is so much devastation.  Yet through it all, I see believers trusting you and proclaiming that You are good, all the time!

Today is 9/11.

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2 Appointments today

I met with my Oncologist today for a quick check-up.  He moved my bone strengthening infusion to every 3 months instead of every 6 weeks and I will be having a PET scan on October 4th (about a year from my last one).

So far, no pain with this new pill, but I am having some fatigue.  I thought I was just tired from summer, but when I rest, or even when I get up in the morning, I’m still tired and feeling a little week.  The Dr. ordered a blood test to check my iron level and thyroid and they came back normal.  So we are going to see how the fatigue plays out in the next month or so. read more…

Pill Update and new Plastic Surgeon

It’s been just over a week and so far so good with the new hormone blocking pill. 🙂

I met with a new plastic surgeon earlier this week.  I’m having some severe itching and occasional pain on the large scars on my healthy breast and it’s bad enough that I want to have them taken care of.  He recommended removing them surgically and then doing 3 low dose rounds of radiation to make sure they don’t come back.  I’m waiting to hear back on the cost, but thinking about trying to wait until the first of the year, so that the cost will go toward our max out of pocket for 12 months instead of just a few months. read more…

New Pill Starting Wednesday

I’ve been off the hormone blocking pill for 2 weeks and my pain is gone.  It’s nice.  🙂

So I start a new pill tomorrow (Wednesday).  Please pray the side effects will be less, or none.  I meet with the oncologist next week for a quick follow-up.

Pain update

I’ve now been off the hormone blocking pill for 1 week and the pain was much better for a few days, but unfortunately, it is back.  While not quite as bad as before, it’s definitely back.  🙁  Please pray that over the course of the next week it will go away.  If so, I will start the new medication.  If not, I’ll contact the Dr. and I believe we look into a scan to see what’s going on.  Please also pray that I will not worry during this time of waiting.  Thanks for praying with us.

The quest for the perfect bathing suit after chemo, radiation and multiple surgeries

I will admit, one of the first things I did when I found out I was going to need a mastectomy was search for what type of bathing suits were out there.  This was before I knew anything about surgery or reconstruction.

Turns out there are quite a few post mastectomy bathing suits available, but I don’t need any of them.  Honestly, I could wear a bikini and you wouldn’t be able to tell I had surgery.  (Not that I’m going to do that, but you get my point.)  I am very thankful for the plastic surgery options that are available.

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Pain, pain, go away…

Pain, pain, go away.  Come again another….well actually, just go away.

I’ve been struggling with really bad bone pain lately.  I had my checkup with the Oncologist today and we talked about it.  The plan for now is to stop the hormone blocking pill I’m on (Aromasin) and let the symptoms go away.  Then start up another hormone blocking pill (Femara), hoping for less side effects.  If after 2 week of stopping the current pill, I am still having bone pain, we’ll talk about doing a scan to find out what is causing the pain. read more…

Radiation, a Year Later

My Facebook memory this morning was a picture of my first morning of radiation last year.  I am so thankful that I don’t have to do that EVERY DAY this summer.

A year later, you would never know I had radiation, with the exception of the 3 little dot tattoos that I will have forever.  (Although I only grow hair in about half of my left arm pit, thanks to the radiation.  I know…probably too much information, but I find it funny.  You’re welcome for that little bit of personal information.)

So instead of driving to radiation, I woke the kids up (our 3 and 1 friend) and took our oldest to an orthodontist appointment.  She got her expander out and her mouth is much happier!! read more…

Everyday Life after Cancer Treatments

Me again…haven’t posted in a while…because not much is going on cancer wise.  However, since I so brilliantly titled the blog, “Leaving Cancer Behind,” a friend mentioned that I could just write about what life looks like with cancer treatments behind me (mostly).  So I guess that’s the plan for now.

But before I write about life, here’s my cancer/health updates:

  • I cancelled my Oncology apt. a few weeks ago since things are going fine.    I have occasional bone and joint pain, which I hate, but there’s nothing the oncologist can do about that so I just deal with it and try not to complain. 🙁
  • I’ve decided to look for a new plastic surgeon.  I’m still having some issues with the scars on my healthy breast and want to get a second opinion on what I should do.
  • I know I go back and forth, but I gave up on growing my hair out.  I can’t deal with the awkward stage.
  • PT is helping my back.  Last week I started to wean myself off the Gabapentin (nerve meds.) and the pain came back and my general practitioner referred me to a spine specialist.  I saw him today and he said I’m on the right road to recovery.  He recommended weaning off the Gabapentin when I am feeling good enough to stop physical therapy.  He didn’t think surgery would be necessary.
  • My memory is HORRIBLE!  🙁

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