Weekly Update #5

Well, it’s about time for some good news! I got home yesterday from a great trip to see my doctors.

First up, I met with my new medical oncologist to discuss the results of a new scan. And it was all good! There’s no new cancer and the existing spots were either stable or smaller. I’ve only had 2 doses of chemo between the scans, so I’m pretty excited about that. In addition to loving the scan news, I love my new doctor. She is warm and an excellent communicator and made it clear she will always be honest with me. I asked her about my outlook and she is incredibly hopeful. She feels like I have had a relatively small amount of treatment over 3 years and just to be where I am is incredible. We have a lot of options still available to us. She also said that there’s no statistic that applies to me, I keep defying the odds, and she is optimistic.

It is so overwhelming to hear good news. It’s a little scary to hope, opening myself back up to have those hopes dashed. I’m slowly processing the news and hoping as the feelings really hit me I’ll feel more comfortable in them.

The other good news from this visit is that I had a pain procedure, a nerve block. While my pain is super low now, it’s partially because I don’t do any things that would make it hurt, and there are plenty of things I’d love to do that are on that list. The biggest is that I can only lay on my back, which is not a comfortable sleeping position for me. I’ve resisted this procedure because in theory they only last 3 months and I’m loathe to sign up for a procedure I need 4x a year for the rest of my life. But I really miss laying down to sleep and relaxing my body. So we’ll see if this improves my quality of life.

So it’s back to chemo every other week and a scan in a couple months. The next couple months are super busy in our personal lives, so fingers crossed that I feel well enough during this treatment period to enjoy it all!

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