Didn’t I say I was going back to my happy little world of denial until after the holidays?! Change of plans! I’m now scheduled for a PET scan on the 10th. Not a test I wanted to have two weeks before Christmas! Well…It is what it is, the sooner I get used to it the better!
No, I didn’t eat a cookie! I ate a cupcake!
I had prayed for the best and prepared myself for the worst. My scan showed NED ( no evidence of disease)! All those ” hot spots” on my previous scans were no longer there. I am in shock! I am grateful. I pray my dance with NED lasts a long time!
New treatment plan: Control the hormones.
I will start Tamoxifen tomorrow. It’s hard to believe I’m going from all this intense chemo to a pill! It’s a little scary!
Right now I’m off to celebrate with my family over ice cream! Yum! I haven’t had ice cream in a while and I’m sure it will be a long time before I have it again!
Today is the day. I’m scheduled for a PET scan at 12. It’s a big day for me. After six months of treatment it comes down to this. Did the treatments work? Is my cancer now under control or is it stronger than the treatments and has it continued to grow? Geez…could anything be more stressful?! I feel good. The pain I had in my rib before treatment is gone. That has to be a good sign, right? My oncologist will see me at 3:30 today. The verdict will be in. 3:30 can’t come soon enough!
On a happy note, I have enjoyed my week without treatment! We rafted Ruby Horsethief Canyon. Twenty-five miles down the Colorado River. We did thirteen miles the first day, camped and did twelve miles the second day. Good times!
That’s my Javiee and T.J. on the river. Ten miles in and T.J. was asleep!
That’s my girl, Kristen, and JB on the river.
I went in for my PET scan yesterday. It shows no new growth and improvement! Yay! That was what I needed to hear! The past 3 months have been so hard on me! It’s good to know that all I’ve been through has helped. Talk about life changing! That’s what cancer is!
I was hoping for a break from chemo. How nice would it be to feel normal this summer! No chemo brain, no nausea, no extreme fatigue, no bald head, could I be so lucky?? No..my new treatment plan is in full force. 12 rounds of chemo, one every Friday for 12 weeks! On the bright side it’s not AC, it will be Taxol this time. I hear the side effects are a lot easier to handle than the side effects of AC. Praying this is true! Seeing the improvements on my PET scan helps to motivate me for the next 12 treatments. I can do this! As far as feeling normal goes, I guess its just time to find my ” new normal”!
That’s my T.J. out by the river. It was so good to have a little break from chemo! So good to be outside!
I have my appointment for my new PET scan! It will be this Friday at 9 am. My doctor is going to see me the same day, so no waiting for the results. Good for me because waiting is the hardest part! It’s a big day for me. I will know if this past two months of chemo has helped. If this new diet my Javiee has me on has helped. I’m praying it has. I really don’t want to spend this summer going thru more rounds of chemo! It’s hard to feel so bad for weeks at a time! The funny thing is that once I recover from chemo I feel fine! I don’t feel sick! The chemo is what makes me feel sick! Right now I feel like my happy self. I am just going to enjoy this week and not worry about what Friday holds. What does worrying help anyway??
Just a little note about my diet…I have not had sugar or red meat in 3 months! Seriously…3 months!! Oh how I miss my chocolate!! Lucky for me my Javiee’s a good cook, he can make anything taste good! I get my whole grain cereal (unprocessed) with hemp milk or unsweetened almond milk in the morning. He makes sure I have fresh veggie soup everyday for lunch. He loads me up on cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, fish, organic chicken, garlic, sea salt and lets not forget the juices!! Carrot and beet juice everyday! Other than the juices I’m really only drinking water. My Javiee also found a way to make it more healthy and more tasty…lol. We use our ninja blender to make fresh pineapple, strawberry, blackberry and blueberry water. With a packet of stevia, it’s yummy! Stevia is the only sweetener in our house now…no more Splenda for us. Changing the way I eat was extremely hard in the beginning. Now I guess I’m just used to it. If you really look at what’s in the food we eat, it’s a lot easier not to eat it!
You would think between chemo and the new diet that I would be a skinny minnie by now! No, I have only lost 4 pounds since this whole ordeal started (2 pounds would have to be the ta ta’s..lol) That’s a good thing! It means I’m being well taken care of!
I went to the hospital with my mama and my Javiee today to have my scans done. I’m extremely nervous about what the results will be, but I’m staying positive! I had a PET and a CT scan. Painless procedures (finally!) the worst part was having to drink that sickening glucose drink. I drank that rested for a while and had the scans done. The entire process took a good 2 hrs. I’m glad it’s over and thankful that I had it done. Now here’s to more waiting for test results!! This time the waiting seems harder!