I was very lucky my oncologist ordered the Oncotype – DX testing on my breast cancer tumor.
This tested for over 20 genes and it lets them know some important stuff such as chemo would only increase my chances of not getting cancer again in 5 years by 1%. That little detail let myself and the doctors decide it was not worth the side effects for 1%.
I am grateful for this new testing for breast cancer because without it I would have had to do chemo.
Today I had to pre- register at the hospital to get the chemo port taken out since it will not be needed. That will be done this week and its a 10 minute thing.
I then went to the radiologist/ oncologist appointment to get molded for the position I will be in each time I receive radiation so they are sure I am in the exact same position each time. While I was there they did a CAT scan that was an easy test since I can see out both ends. I can not do a MRI.
The Dr. will now configure up everything to pinpoint the exact locations for my chemo. They are targeting the breast and the lymph node chain.
They gave me some tiny little tatoo’s that felt like a tiny needle that helps with the locations.
Next week I should be starting radiation and this will go on for 5 weeks x 5 days a week I was able to reduce it by 1 1/2 weeks with my second surgery.
Life is good and I am so grateful to the wonderful people I have in my life. Your support has meant everything to me.
I am still fighting like a girl.
I am doing really good & healing quite well from both surgeries.
The biggest problem I am having right now is I cannot lift my arms above my shoulders. It seems that everything I want to do I need to lift my arms lol.
There is still some test we are waiting for but the surgeon said they should be back next week. These test will tell us my exact treatment plan since we had some unexpected things show up after the lumpectomy and lymph node removal testing came back.
This could change what happens first in my case but there is lab testing that helps the oncologist decide. They are running the Oncotype DX on my tumor this also tells us the chance of recurrence.
I have a very positive outlook on life and my cancer even though it was IDC which is aggressive cancer but it was caught early. I have an amazing team of Dr’s. who are looking out for me?
My husband Jack is my rock and he has helped me so much since this all started in November.
I am only surrounding myself with those family members and friends who are loving, supportive, positive, and truly care about me. I do not know what I would have done without you all thank you all for being there for me on this journey you are all wonderful.
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and how fast you react determines the outcome.
Cancer I will beat you and I WILL WIN!
Sometimes life gets complicated and we just need a little time to breathe. We need time to concentrate on the simple things.
I am still taking a break from blogging for right now but will check in every now and then. I will do my best to visit your blogs when I can.
Daisy wanted to pop in and say HEY.
She has had a tough time playing fetch this summer in the heat and we always play in the early morning or later afternoon.
Since it has cooled off some she wants to play all day long.
When she gets hot she goes and gets in her pool to cool off. If she needs a break she will go fetch her ball and then lay under a tree across the backyard. When she is ready to go again she comes running.
She is always cooperative for a picture even if she wants to play fetch at the time.
I love my Daisy girl.
These laughing gulls were at the Texas City Dike and they were all happy as they could be perched on concrete or rock.
They do not seem to be scared at all but they do seem to be watching you all the time.
I love to make stuff and since Pinterest came along I am one happy camper. I pin a lot of stuff that gives me inspiration.
Since it is fall already I made a new grapevine wreath for the front door then I decorated our small front porch.
Everything for this I already had. Including some old artificial daisy flowers that I took off the stem and then spray painted them in fall colors and they turned out amazing. That is what the close-up picture is for is to show you how they turned out.
That is not all I crafted this week but I will save some to show you next week.
Crafting and making stuff allows me to relax and destress plus it is good for the mind.
Life is good!