This past week was scans and meetings. All 3 major scans happened on the same day. MRI, CT, bone scan. It was one long day of IVs, 32oz Sprite mixed with contrast dye (gross), labs, and waiting on appointments. We will get the results later in the week. For now, all there is to do is wait. It feels like the whole process is hurry up and wait.
Today was the day we have been waiting for since the first diagnosis. All of the scan are done, all of the testing is done. We were finally able to get a full picture of how far this cancer has spread. Finding hope has been difficult since it feels like news just keeps going from bad to worse. We were finally able to breathe a desperate sigh of relief when the surgeon said the cancer stopped at Stage 3. I can finally say I have Stage 3 Grade 3 breast cancer. I can’t believe this is good news. We are redefining our definition of “good”. So yes, this is very GOOD news! The cancer is localized, it is not spreading into other organs at this point, and everything is on track. More good news, this is a very common diagnosis, and there are no tricky parts the doctors are having to work through. Simple diagnosis, simple treatment, right? While simple may not be the right word here, at least there is no question on the treatment plan, timing, etc.
So here’s the plan. We moved the chemo start date to Aug. 5. Starting on a Monday somehow seemed more fitting, and when we did it we felt another wave of relief. Like we had gained an extra weekend or something. I will be in the first round of chemo for 4 infusions, one week on and one week off (8 weeks). Then, I will receive the second round every week for the 12 weeks. Twenty infusions and 5 months later, I be done with chemo. Barring any issues, 2020 will hold surgery and 100% of the cancer GONE! Radiation will ensure the little devil is gone for good, then back to normal life in one, very long, year. 🙂
This is such a well-researched process that they have everything broken out into Days. I’ll supposedly have a peak “symptom day” anytime between Days 3-7 after the infusion. Each infusion the peak day will be the same, hopefully giving me a little bit of a rhythm. Post-chemo people, is this true?? Also, she said I will begin loosing my hair between Days 14-17, another extremely specific timing.
Thanks for all the loving and kind words of support for us through this, and thanks for caring to read and follow through this maze with us!