Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Spoke with the Surgeon today...

My Aunt Kathy and I went to my doctors appointment with the liver specialist today. He was able to really make us understand his decision. I bet you want to know what I know...

Okay...I'll tell you.

At this point I have made so much progress with the chemo I'm on. At this time I still have active cancer in my lymph system. If we were to go into surgery I would have to be off chemo for at least a month before surgery then one to two months after surgery. Although surgery would remove the major masses, the cancer in the lymph's could have an opportunity to spread in the 3 month time frame off chemo and we could then be in a much worse situation then we started with. My liver is responding so well and it's a very crucial part in the chemo therapy processing through my body. He (Dr. Mulligan) only wants to go into surgery when it will be of benefit to my body. Our plan is to continue through the next 3 chemo treatments (1 of 3 this Friday) and scans after round 12 (which would be 3 of 3). We will also do the PET Scan which shows the active cancer much better. After review of the scans, we will either continue chemo to further shrink the tumors and clear the lymphs or discuss surgery again if the lymphs are clear. Either way, today's appointment was very informative and really helped me to understand that I am in a very good position. My body is doing so much better than ever expected and I am so thankful for that. Thank you Aunt Kathy for being with me so I wasn't alone.

I also want to thank everyone for their amazing donations, time and effort this weekend for the garage sale. It went so much better than I ever expected. You are all amazing.

And last but not least, a big thank you to the "softball group" aka "B Santa Project" that sent me the anonymous letter and check. You have no idea how much that meant to me.

So much love to you all,


1 comment:

Gayla said...

It sounds like you have AWESOME doctors! I'm glad they took the time and explained it all! It sounds like you are doing well
I'm glad the yard sale went well!
It's amazing what things can sell at a yard sale! LOL!
Have a great week and we will check back later!
Love to all,
Gayla and Connor