This afternoon we meet with my oncologist to go over my echo and PET scan. He is did part of his schooling in the same area of Canada where some of my family is from. Hes been here for a while, but every once in a while I hear that familiar Canadian accent which I love cause it reminds me of my family. He said my echo was perfect (hooray, remember I was so worried watching the ultra sound and seeing the measurements and colors? They were good apparently). And the PET scan showed nothing new (so the cancer has not spread) that he didnt know about. Some of my lymph notes were enlarged, but he already knew this from the MRI. Basically, on the PET scan, when there is bad stuff it lights up. The plan is for the chemo to make the tumor and the lymph notes go from a bright color to dark. Dark is what we want and he was very hopeful that chemo will do just that.

We were originally to meet with his PA but we got him instead, which a little part of me made me worry that the doctor had to tell me that the PET scan was bad. But thankfully that was not the case, he just wanted to talk to us since chemo is the next time I will be at the Cancer Center. So my first official chemo date is a week from today – next Thursday. That will not be my set day to go each time, it was just the soonest they could get me in next week. Chemo treatments have moved from every two weeks to every three weeks. The first chemo treatment will be a solid four hours. After that the treatments will be 3 1/2-4 hours each time. The cocktail of drugs have changed a bit, so it changes how often I get chemo. So thats good news on being normal as much as possible front. My doctor said day 3 is when people feel the worse, so two days after chemo. Going to see how the first one goes and hopefully make a set chemo date after that. We want to know our new normal and get into a rhythm as soon as we can. The doctor did say that I will loose my hair. Which I was okay in hearing and it actually helped it being confirmed from him for some reason. He was hopeful that there is a good chance for my to keep my breasts at this point. That is the goal with the chemo, to shrink the tumor and preserve the breast. I know its not guaranteed but it was nice to hear some hope in that direction.

Im so looking forward to seeing my parents on Saturday, Im sure I will get a little weepy at the airport. Im glad to have some normal time with them, and their help to get ready for life after chemo starts. And thank you all so much for praying. I know I keep saying this but they really do mean so much and I feel them. I just dont know how I would be functioning without them.

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I am glad to hear that the PET did not reveal anything new.
Continuing to pray and send love your way.

March 28, 2013 10:42 pm

Thanks Rachel

March 28, 2013 10:54 pm


March 29, 2013 11:04 am

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