Time to say goodbye to Afinitor–A Scan Update

Some treatments are easier to handle than others.  Afinitor was fairly easy on me. I had many adventures and made lots of memories this summer while on Afinitor.  I wish it would have worked longer.

My new scans showed two tumors in my liver.  I had cancer in my ovaries and I had them taken out.  I can’t just take my liver out.

Time for a new plan.  Xeloda is what’s next for me.   I’m not ready for new side effects and fatigue.  It is what it is.  I will adjust and carry on.  I have so much love in my life, so much to live for.  That keeps me going.

I love you guys!  I’ll keep you updated! 💕

 

 

 

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Back to Cancerland

The past two years have been fantastic.  Zoladex and Femara have served me well, until now.  I ended up in the emergency room on our beach trip with a massive headache.  I was treated for a migraine.  My headache never went away.  I had blood work done at the cancer center when we returned home.  My tumor marker was on the rise.  Scans showed a tumor in my ovary, two on my hip, on my ribs and on my spine. A brain MRI showed it had also metastasized to my brain.

There are no words that can begin to express how devasting this news is to us!  What a change in only three months!  We have cried, screamed and cried some more.  There is nothing left to do but fight this.  My big girl panties are back on. (Thanks to words of wisdom from a dear friend, Anya)

So, what’s next?  Tomorrow I will see a radiation oncologist.  I will find out exactly what the brain scans show and get ready for radiation.  I will be starting a new chemo (Ibrance and Faslodex) next week.  Three weeks on and one week off.  I will be getting xgeva monthly for my bones.  I will also be having surgery to remove my ovaries.  Wow!  This is not what I had planned for this summer!  I will keep you updated.  I’m grateful to have all your support!  You all make my life brighter!💕💕💕

I have so much to share about our Little Pink Houses Of Hope trip.  Life has been crazy!  I will share pictures from our trip soon!

 

Last round of Taxol today!

I go in for my last round of Taxol this morning!  It’s hard to believe I’ve made it through 16 rounds of chemo!  After four rounds of AC I didn’t feel like celebrating because I knew there was more chemo coming.  Today I celebrate!  This has not been easy, but I did it!  I will have a new PET scan next week and the results will decide my future treatment plan.  I’m not going to worry about that today.  It’s been a long six months!  Today I celebrate!!

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One more round of Taxol to go!

It’s Monday and I’m feeling good!  I did round 11 of Taxol Friday.  I go in this Friday for round 12, the last one!   I remember the day my oncologist told me I was going to do 12 rounds of Taxol.  I was devastated!  Twelve more weeks of chemo!  How was I going to make it through that!?  Well, I did it!  One more round to go!  The inner strength you find when dealing with something like cancer is amazing!  The strength and love that the people in your life give you is also amazing.  I couldn’t have made it through this part of my journey without all the support I’ve had.  I have to say thank you to my sweet Javiee for taking such good care of me.  For working all day and coming home to make me yummy dinners and yucky juices!  For telling me I’m beautiful when I just don’t feel beautiful!  He is always there for me, he’s my rock and I couldn’t do this without him!  My kiddos have also been so strong.  How unfair is it that they have to deal with this!!  They also give me strength.  I fight for them!  To all my family that came a thousand miles to visit me ( Daddy, Joyce, Laura, Betty, Diane, Danny & Patsy) Thank you!  It was so good to have company, even when I was feeling my worst!  To all my family at Denny’s,  Arvin’s and Noah’s Ark, you guys have made this horrible time so much easier for us!  For that my family thanks you!  We love you all!  Then there’s my mama who has been with me every step of the way.  She took so much time off work to be at my many appointments.  I couldn’t imagine having done this without her!  I am thankful to have such a great support system!  I am a long  way from home, so I know a lot of you can’t visit and you follow me on my blog or my facebook.  Thank you guys for all your support!  It means so much!  You encourage me daily!

As far as my treatment goes, I will do my last round of Taxol this Friday.  The following week I will have another PET scan.  That will show us if the past five months of chemo has gotten this cancer under control.  The results of the PET scan will decide my future treatment plan.  For now, I’m just praying for good scans!

On a happy note, my son, Kori, turned 21 this week!  21!  He’s making me old!  Happy Birthday Kori!  I love you with all my heart!

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That’s my oldest, Kori.  Happy Birthday Kori!  I love you!!!

 

27…. My new favorite number!!!

I have spent the last four Fridays in the chemo chair getting my weekly dose of Taxol.  I finished reading The Giver, highly recommended by my little T.J.   I finally caught Mrs. Mary in The Candy Crush Saga and I beat my daughter Kristen’s high score in Dots.  Eight more Fridays to go! 

Taxol has been much easier on me than the AC.  I come home from treatment dizzy and tired. I sleep the night away and wake up feeling good.  I don’t know how long this will last, but I’m enjoying it!  

Good news!!!  My tumor marker is 27!  Can I tell you how happy I was to hear that number?! Happy…Happy…Happy! 

 

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I have recovered from chemo round 3!

I’m up and feeling good today!  I think I have finally  recovered from round 3 of chemo!  It’s true that each round gets harder!  I felt the effects immediately after chemo this time.  I’m used to doing chemo on Friday and feeling good until Sunday.  This time I was in the bed right after chemo.  It made me so tired!  I can’t even explain how tired I felt.  It also makes me feel dumb, like I can’t think straight.  I guess that’s why they call it chemo brain!  Good news is I have one more round of chemo then I get new scans done!  So I’m praying this poison I’m putting in my body is doing some good!  I’m praying for good scans!

 

For now I’m thankful to be feeling good!  I’m thankful for a lot of things!  Today I am going to focus on one of those things.  My daughter, Kristen.  She turns 19 today!  I’m so proud of her!  I have watched her grow and mature so much this year!   She’s got a job that she loves and she’s bought a new car.  She was a handful for a few years and there were times when I thought she was never going to get it together.  Now I know she’s going to be just fine.  I’m so thankful for that!  Happy Birthday Sis!  I love you with all my heart!  You are a blessing to me!!!

 

 

My daughter....Kristen.

My daughter….Kristen.

Bloodwork for Chemo round 3…April 11, 2013

That's me with my Javiee.  I miss that hair!

I went to have my bloodwork checked today to see if round 3 of chemo is a go. My white count was perfect and I will have chemo tomorrow. My doctor says she needs to put all her patients on my Javiee’s juices because I’m the only one of her patients that doesn’t have a problem with constipation..lol. I told her it was the beets! My man is the sweetest and his top priority is taking care of me. Everyday he puts a fresh beet in the juicer for me. When I get that down he does carrots. The beets taste like dirt to me, but I down it because he says it’s good for me. The carrot juice is actually yummy. I am a lucky woman to have a man who loves me the way my Javiee does. He gives me hope. He gives me strength. He is my treasure.