She's feeling good, skin just a little raw but that should heal up fine. Next month she goes back to all her doctors so we have a little time to settle down. With treatment and surgery done, I feel a little shaky. It seems strange to not have a next step waiting but hopefully this will be the new normal. And with me just turning 40, I am scheduled for a mammogram next month. I had one five years ago so I know what I'm in for but I would be a liar if I said I wasn't a little scared, knowing what I know now. I just have to remember to breathe...
Again, I can't thank everyone on this board enough for all you have done for me this past year...It has meant so much to me and I want to say I am so greatful for everyone here!View Thread
My mom's incision is about 95% healed and both her surgeon and rad oncologist agree it's time to start radiation. I take her Monday for the pre-scans and she should start treatment in about a week. She finally colored her new hair and she's feeling and looking like her old self. Yeah!View Thread
Mom's incision is about 95% healed and both her surgeon and rad oncologist agree that it's time to start radiation. I take her Monday to get some pre-scans done and she'll probably start treatment in about a week. But the biggest news is she finally colored her new hair and is starting to look and feel like her old self. Yeah!View Thread
Finally, we got some good news today"026After freaking out over the past three weeks, we finally got my mom's pet scan results. Even though a spot showed up on her vertebrae, the oncologist is confident that it's arthritis after he reviewed her other scans, which were all negative. Both the onc and surgeon got the results and they both agreed on it. Besides the first results last fall when all of this started, this was the test I was most afraid of. The onc started her on arimidex. I feel like I can take a deep breath again"026 So now we are still waiting for my mom's incision to heal completely. It's getting better and needing less and less packing but we can't start radiation until it completely closes. The surgeon wants to see her again in six weeks. And now to add another speed bump"026my mom's defibrillator needs changed soon. Her cardiologist wants her to have the radiation before he changes it because he doesn't want the radiation to fry the new one. Both docs today said that with the defibrillator being on the left side and the radiation going to the right side, it wouldn't be a problem with how precise they do radiation now. So the radiation oncologist (who we have yet to meet but go see next week) is supposed to call the cardiologist before our appointment so that they can agree on everything. Ugh. Overall, today was a good day. Now if we can just find out if she can color her hair again!View Thread
I am back to the holding my breath stage...After they took the drains out, my mom developed an infection. We went back to the surgeon, he put her on an antibiotic and opened her incision to clean and pack it. I was ok with that and when she met with him today, he siad everything is looking good.
However, she had her pet scan last saturday. The oncologist hadn't called her with the results yet so she asked the surgeon today if he got a copy. He reviewed them with her and something showed up on her one vertebrae. He said it looks like arthritis to him but the oncologist will have to review it. We don't go see him until April 4th.
Instead of getting easier, it feels like things keep getting harder and harder. I'm beyond the point of scared and worried. I feel like if I breathe wrong something else will come up. I don't know how much more I can take.
Mary and Becky...Thanks so much for the encouragement. If your daughters are like me, I'm sure they have worried more than you ever knew...
My mom got her drains out today! It took a little longer than we expected since she developed a hemotoma in her chest. The doctor waited for it to drain itself and after 3 weeks, it's all drained. On Tuesday we met with the Oncologist and he gave my mom all the options and she agreed to do radiation and hormone therapy. He was happy with that and if said if she was his mom, that's what he would want. All of her doctors have been friendly and supportive, with great personalities. The only thing that worries me now is he wants her to have a PET scan too. Last Sept when she was diagnosed, a CT scan and bone scan was done before she started chemo and they came back clear. Now I'm praying this is clean too. It seems like I'm always worring about something anymore, and I hope after this I can breathe again. This has been such a ride...View Thread
ahimsa12, thanks for your suggestions! Roberta, I love your story!!! Tomorrow we are meeting with the oncologist to see what the game plan is with radiation. Hope everyone has a great day! BillieView Thread