No chemo this past week; my platelets and bone marrow could not handle it. So, we will give it one more go this week. Tuesday blood draw. Wednesday decision. If I have not recovered enough, then we are done. No more (at least for now.)
February 14 (happy Valentine's Day): Phone call from doctor "Time to see specialist for exploratory"
March 7 : Pre-op appointment
March 22: first surgery
March 29: My world shifted; Diagnosis Day
April 18: second surgery
Month of May: countless appointments with oncology radiologist, radiology technicians, oncologists,
June 1st: 3rd surgery (port insertion)
June 11: Weekly chemo for 5 weeks begins
Weekly blood draws begins
Daily radiation for five weeks begins (Monday - Friday)
July 23 - August 23rd: Recovery month attempting to prepare for more chemo therapy
August 23: First of four chemo doses
September 13: Second of four chemo doses
October 4: tentative third of four chemo doses
October 28: tentative final chemo dose
Month of November: await body scan on November 25 (tentative) to determine how efficacious the eight months of treatment has been (or not)
Once again, I am reduced to a single prayer: Lord have mercy.
Note from Elizabeth
Although I am determinedly declaring that I will not allow being a cancer patient to define me, I recognize that in truth, for the next several months, it will in many ways do just that, This blog, Fighting with the Wind, is where my medical updates, philosophical musings, humorous anecdotes, heart-warming stories, spiritual contemplations, angry rantings, and joyous celebrations can be found.