Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Getting Better Everyday!!!

My surgery was on March 12. It has been awhile since I have even turned my computer on, much less updated. Sorry to keep you all in the dark for so long.

I am doing much better. Starting to feel like my old self again!!!

My surgery went well. It was 6 1/2 hours long. It was a long day for my family and friends but I just had a nice little nap and woke up in what seemed like a few minutes. I think my family had fun during my surgery too. They said I should have joined them they were having a party!!!

I had a couple rough days in the hospital. It seems Morphine does nothing for my pain. Once I convinced the nurses that I was in "real pain", they contacted the dr and he changed my medicine to Dalatid (sp). I was like a new woman, I was ready to get up and go for a walk within 15 minutes!!! Its amazing what good pain medicine can do for a person. I spent three nights in the hospital. It was so good coming home!!!

I had three drains when I came home. I am now down to one. It will probably have to stay for at least another week because it is still draining alot of fluid. I do not get a real shower until it is out!!! I'm so ready for a shower!!!

I go back to the dr on Friday! The plastic surgeon to check my drain and have my first pump up...haha!! He will begin filling the expanders that day and I will go back every two weeks for a few months until they are the correct size and then my silicone implants will be put in. It's a long process! I also go to the oncologist on Friday to find out when chemo will begin. He had said about a month after surgery. I'm thinking the week after Easter. I'm dreading it, but ready to get it over with and get my life back!!!

My husband has been absolutely amazing. I love that man so much!!! He has took such good care of me, the kids, and our home. I haven't had to do anything since coming home!! He has really suprised me:)

I have so many awesome people in my life that have done so much for me. I have not had to cook a meal since finding out my diagnosis!! People bring me meals each day, it's so amazing. Thank you to everyone for your calls, visits, flowers, food, money, and especially prayers. You will never know how very much it is appreciated!!! I'm a little behind on getting thank you cards out, but please know that it has not went unnoticed!!!

God Bless You All!!!



Friday, March 9, 2012

It has been a few days since I have updated. I only had two appointments this week. Today I went to sign my consents for surgery and asked the dr some questions. I have to be at the hospital at 10:30 on Monday and surgery should begin around 12. I'm nervous but so ready to get it over with and begin this journey to get well.
Last night I had a stomach bug and was up half the night. I'm so glad I'm feeling better now. I don't want anything to put off my surgery.
My wonderful hubby has decided to make away for a little day trip tomorrow. We will go to Boone, NC just to walk around and look at shops. It will be nice to just spend some quality time together while I'm still feeling pretty good. He's been so great, I'm very lucky.

I have so many wonderful, caring people in my life right now. I'm so blessed!! My best friend since third grade brought me a gift over last night. I was so suprised her and her family gave me a Kindle Fire!!! It's awesome, but I still have to figure out how to use it. She's so sweet!!

So many people have done so much and been there for us. My mom and sister took me wig shopping on Tuesday. That was a lot of fun and I picked out a few cute wigs, but insurance only pays for one....bummer!! But the one I will get is still cute!

Thank you to everyone that has called, sent cards, brought food, gave money or gifts and especially thanks
for all the prayers. I feel God in everything!!!

Love you all,


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Good News!!

Yesterday I received really great news!!! The CT scan and bone scan were both clear. The cancer has not spread to other parts of my body. Thank you Jesus! Now we just need to focus on getting better!

My surgery will be on March 12. Please remember me in your prayers. I am a little nervous about this surgery since I have never had anything major before. I will probably be in the hospital for two nights.

Thank you all for your support and love!!!

God Bless,


Thursday, March 1, 2012

More Tests Today

This stupid cancer thing really stinks!!!! I am trying my best to stay positive and upbeat but its getting harder everyday. I did have a wonderful talk with a great pastor today and he gave me the spiritual guidance and support that I needed!!!

Today I found out that it has spread to my lymph nodes. At least one is involved we will find out how many more during surgery and they will be removed. We do not have a defiant date yet but it should be the week of March 12-16 one of those days. I was prepared for the news that it was in the lymph and just pray that it is nowhere else.

I had a CT scan of chest and abdominal area and a bone scan today. It was kind of a funny story with the bone scan. First of all the nurse hurt really bad when she was trying to start my IV to put the contrast in. She blew a vein in my hand and it still hurts, oh well I guess I better toughen up huh!!! But the other nurse tried and she got it on the first stick and didn't hurt a bit....I like her!!!

So I had to go drink 32 oz of some yummy stuff. Which actually tasted pretty good since I had nothing to drink since before midnight. (Emma told me, if you get thirsty mommy just drink your spit, she's so funny). After I drank that and waited 45 minutes they took me in for the CT scan. The nurse put the stuff in my IV for that test. She warned me that I would feel warm starting from my head and going to my toes and it would feel like I wet my pants. Well she was so right. I got hot from my head and went all the way down and I was certain I had wet my pants. That is the weirdest feeling.

Then I had to wait about an hour to have the bone scan done. My mom was in there with me and the scan was almost finished, when the tech started acting really worried. She finally told me to slip my pants down around my knees. When I did that, the stuff that was glowing went away. She said maybe some pee splattered on your pants when you went to the bathroom...Ewww or maybe I really did pee!! Then she started looking at my upper body and it had places all lit up too. So I then had to remove my shirt and put on a gown. Those places went away too. I then remembered that when the girl did my CT that a little of the solution squirted out and must have went on my clothes causing them to be radioactive. My mom and the tech was about to freak out because it looked like my bones were covered!!! As far as we know that test is clear, after I stripped down she said nothing else glowed! Yay!!! We should know the results from both of those tomorrow.

I did get great news yesterday:) The BRCA1 andBRCA2 test came back negative. This means I'm not a carrier of the breast cancer gene. This is great news for my future, my sister and my daughter!!!

I still am overwhelmed with the kindness that everyone is showing to me and my family!!! It's very touching and helping me get through this. I know I have lots of tough days down the road but I'm keeping my head up!

God Bless,