Well the last 6 weeks have flown by ... at times. And then at others, moved at a snail's pace. But the wait has been worth it. My first post radiation check up appointment was February 15th with my Radiologist in KC. Other than a small area of my incision that is taking its sweet time healing, Dr. Coster settled my nerves by saying he was pleased with my tolerance of the radiation. When I asked when I can say I am cured of cancer, he said that unfortunately he will not say I am 100% cured. Statistically he rates my case as 90+% of it not returning. I can live with that and live is the operative word![...]
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We. Are. Home. I. Am. Blessed.
In some ways December went by quickly; at other times it moved at a snail's pace. But it was bearable. Mainly because of the radiation and clinic ladies (and Jimmy Bob!). I don't know how the people at the cancer clinics do what they do day in and day out. They continue to welcome each patient with grace, a smile, and heartfelt concern.[...]
Merry Christmas! This week I received a great ‘gift’ from my radiation oncologist, Dr. Coster! He will allow me to take two treatments in one day! That may sound like a strange ‘gift’ but I/we are very appreciative for two reasons: 1) it decreases our stay in KC by 2 days; and 2) I finish my treatments in 2018 which doesn’t affect my 2019 insurance deductible! My double-duty day will be this Friday, Dec. 28th. My scheduled last day was Jan. 2nd but now my last treatment will be Dec. 31st! 2018 will go out with a big bang or big ‘zap’! [...]
Well #8 treatment done, 12 more to go! This second week has been eye-opening and humbling.
Monday, while I was in treatment, Jim visited with an older woman recently diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. She had elected to aggresively battle the cancer by compressing 28 radiation treatments into 5! She told Jim that her children and grandchildren were extremely upset but Jim noticed she was there by herself. Wow! What a woman and what a fighter! I pray we see her again and what would be even better would be her family with her! I hate cancer.[...]
Day #1 over! It went off with hardly a hitch too! Once again everyone associated with KU Cancer Center was very considerate and understanding. However my heart did skip a beat when the technicians said my radiation measurements would have to be redone! All I could think was my ’visit’ to KC would be extended! But they assured me I would receive my first treatment today as scheduled! [...]
Hope you are staying warm this down-right-cold evening!
Jim and I made the 8 hour trip (to and from) KC today for me to be measured for radiation treatments. The actual measurement was short but quite an experience. The technicians were wonderful and put me to ease instantly. However, I think the sounds that radiation machine makes is a mix between Star Wars and a washing machine! So for today it was entertaining! (I'm pretty sure at the end of my treatments, I won't find that machine so entertaining!)[...]
Good evening from Sherry...
It seems as though we have had to hurry up and wait throughout most of this journey. And these last few weeks have been no exception. My incision did not want to hurry up and heal and there was not much I could do to encourage it to do so! Since the optimum effect of the radiation occurs within 6-8 weeks of surgery I wanted to get the ball rolling before December 2nd. Well the Lord decided to help me along and I was cleared today for radiation treatments to begin the first week of December. Woohoo! Yes I am happy for radiation but because we are that much closer to making sure if there is any ILC cancer remaining it is obliterated!![...]
ByJim: Well as Sherry proclaimed after our doctor visit with Dr. Coster we escaped chemo and the breast is gone but we still feel it is the best to do radiation based upon the doctors statistics. All indicators were positive except for the size of the cancer. [...]
Hello my prayer warriors and great friends and family! Break out the champagne! We just met with the Medical Oncologist, Dr Kahn, and NO CHEMO!!! I haven’t read the full report yet but my ‘lucky number was 9’ which means very little to zero chance of it returning! WOOHOOOOOO!! I will have to take a pill for 5 years but who cares!!! Now I still have to meet with the Radiology Oncologist next week but for right now I am breathing again!!! So thank you all for the prayers and good words, cards, texts, visits and just listening. Hugs to all.... get out enjoy the day and sunshine!!!!!![...]
Hello from Sherry! Even though the day was gloomy outside, we felt nothing but sunshine after meeting with Dr. Larsen, my surgeon. She informed us that the pathology reports showed I am cancer free! P.T.L.!!! (over and over and over again!!!) Prayers work! However, we will meet with 2 oncology doctors in the near future to see what course of action(s) they recommend so that cancer does NOT return. [...]