Hi everyone! Blessings to you all!!!
It has been a while since I have updated my blog. Things have been slowing down as far as doctors appointments, etc., but it still seems that I have something almost every week! It's kinda crazy!
The lovely person in the photo is my occupational therapist/certified lymphedema therapist. Her name is Andrea Cooper. She is very good at what she does, and has helped me so much. After having a mastectomy, I am at a higher risk to develop lymphedema. So far, I have not had a problem with it. (And I am so thankful for that! I have met several people who have had that after surgery, and it is no fun). She helps me through lymphatic massage, and teaches me stretches, etc. I have been having some pain where the sentinel node was removed, and she massages that area and then puts a special type of tape on it to help with the scarring. I am so thankful to have access to excellent healthcare. I found out that my insurance will pay for up to 30 visits! woot-woot!!!!
I think the hardest part so far has been dealing with the effects of the cancer medication that I must take. It makes my joints hurt like I am 500 years old :/ I have also been having some migraines. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that my memory is getting bad ( haha!!! not kidding, though).
About two weeks ago, I had a migraine that lasted for nine days. I went to the doctor, and he said that he saw some bulging behind my retina ( suggesting that something in my brain was putting pressure on my eye). Since breast cancer can spread to your bones and brain, my mind immediately started reeling. . . The thought of more cancer really scared me (I didn't think it would). I had a brain scan that day, and I am very thankful that nothing showed up on that! I had my eyes checked by an ophthalmologist who did several tests on my eyes. That turned out well, too!! Just need some new glasses:) I then had blood work and a bone scan, and all tests came back great! So my next step is to see a neurologist.
I had my first three month check up with my oncologist. She said everything is fine and I will go back in three more months. I am certainly dreading the first mammogram since my surgery!!! That will be in the fall sometime and I'm sure I will write all about it!!! UGH!!!
It has now been five months since I was first diagnosed. I still have one more surgery. When it's all said and done, it will have been a year to get it all fixed and healed. I consider myself VERY blessed though. God is so faithful and it is amazing to see how he has worked in so many areas of my life. The blessings I have experienced have been remarkable. I have been blown away!
I know that God has a plan for my life. And I know that he will determine the number of days I have left on this earth. That brings me so much peace. HE is in charge and through it all, I have been confident of that. Now, that's not to say that I don't have bad days! Some days I am really grump-o-la :))) I miss my estrogen!! Estrogen is a girl's best friend;)
I am looking forward to my "next" life.. Trying to decide what I will do with myself since I now have an empty nest. I don't think I want to go back to teaching, but I do feel very called to help others. I'm praying about it and hope to find the perfect ministry/job. I would love to work with other cancer patients- just not sure in what capacity.
Thank you to all who have prayed for me. I appreciate it so very much. It has been quite humbling.
Love you all:)
P.S. I have a team for the Susan Komen walk in October. I would be so delighted to have you join me on October 1! My team is "Team Sherri". My goal is to raise $10,000!!! Come walk with me to help find a cure for cancer :))) it's going to be so fun.