Today marks 3 weeks since my surgery and I'm happy to report that I'm doing really well. It was rough at first and I was in ER twice for stomach issues and low blood pressure but I'm feeling much better now! Everyday I feel a little less pain and have more mobility in my chest and arms and on Friday I start physical therapy so that should help move things along.
A week before surgery we had to say goodbye to our sweet dog, Neko. It happened pretty suddenly and it crushed us both pretty hard. There's never a good time to lose a pet but the timing of her passing felt especially rough. It's been sad for me to be home and recovering without my best bud, but our cat, Liza Minnelli, has been doing her best to keep me company and give us both a good laugh with her shenanigans. We got Neko's ashes back this week and are going to spread some of them at two of her favorite places, Bernal Heights Park and Ocean Beach. And yes, we are already talking about getting another pup. I think it will be really good for us both to have some new dog energy in our lives.
So what's next for me treatment wise? Hormone therapy and radiation, good times. I don't know the full extent of what each of those will entail just yet. During my surgery they did find cancer in one lymph node which was removed along with all the other cancer but they want to make sure that any possible remaining microscopic traces of cancer are eliminated and radiation is what my team of doctors is recommending. I'm meeting with a radiation oncologist next week and will learn more about the radiation treatment plan. As for hormone therapy, I have to do it because my cancer fed off of estrogen so I need to stop producing it. I was started on a once a month shot called Zoladex which lowers the amount of estrogen produced and blocks the action of estrogen in the body. Basically, I'm starting Menopause ya'll. There is likely going to be more to the hormone therapy but this is what I was started on.
Before I sign off I must send out my sincerest thanks to all of you for your support. People have brought us food, sent care packages, came over for visits, sent cards and donations - it's been incredible. We truly feel loved and can't thank you all enough for helping us get through this.