Thank you for visiting my blog. I wanted to create it so that all the people close to me can check in to see what happening in my treatment, and how I'm doing. This doesn't mean that I don't want to hear from you. Please feel free to call, email, text any time. But I apologize if I don't always get back to you. This new cancer journey of mine is a full time job, and I'm doing the best that I can. Please know that your thoughts and prayers mean so much to me...keep them coming! Thank you for all your help and support too...it takes a community, and you have all given us that.
With love and gratitude,
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Yesterday was a very long and anxiety inducing day. Getting the halo attached to my head was so traumatic. I really didn't know what lay ahead, but I'm not sure that would have helped! The halo weighed about 5 lbs, and was screwed into my head with 4 screws. Then I had a CT scan for them to plan the radiation treatment. After that, I had 8 uncomfortable hours to wait for the treatment, with that thing on my head. Thank you to Dana, Alissa, Natasha and Astrid for stopping by, to see me at my worst! It really helped to pass the time and to cheer me up. Most of all, I am so grateful that Wendy could make the trip from NC to be with me. She held my hand every step of the way. I can only imagine how difficult is was for Mark to watch me go through all that...I love you hon. As scary as this process was, I feel fortunate to have been able to get it here at Sunnybrook. This advanced technology wasn't available in Canada even 4 years ago. I woke up after 12 hours sleep feeling pretty good. But I tired out very quickly, and had a bit of a headache. Surprisingly, the screws only left very small spots on my head, one over each eye, and I didn't have the swelling I thought I would. Im just glad it's all over! The radiation will continue to attack the tumor over the next few months. I'll do an MRI in 2 months to see how it's working. It will work!! My hopes for this fall are to get active and strong again. We had a great summer, but traveling, kids schedules and chemo left little time for me. So I'm hoping to get back into yoga, and anything else I can to get Strong. Love and blessings :-))
Sunday, September 9, 2012
This journey just keeps on giving! Unfortunately, my last CT scan showed a small spot on my brain...one of my biggest fears. So tomorrow morning I'll be having Stereotactic Radio Surgery. It is targeted radiation, which doesn't affect the surrounding tissue. The scariest part is that they attach a halo to my head, to stabilize me. I'm so nervous about this procedure. But I also feel confident that this is the right treatment, and it will get rid of the lesion. The rest of my cancer is stable, so I will continue with my current chemo...2 infusions every three weeks. I'm so happy that Wendy made the trek home to be with us, and to hold my hand tomorrow. Its been a crazy week with the kids back at school. So I really haven't had time to update my friends. But I wanted to let you know. Please send your prayers and positive energy my way! I'll post an update as soon as I can.