I received my last infusion of chemo on Friday, 12/7!!! That’s a total of 28 weeks of chemo, and an additional 6 weeks for my surgery/recovery “break.” Thankfully, the last 8 weeks of chemo (post-surgery) were a breeze compared to the first 20 weeks. I only received 2 chemo drugs instead of 3, and I had very little side effects or issues.
I had my 3-month surgery follow-up appointment today. My orthopedic surgeon is happy with how my incision looks. It’s practically healed except for two small spots that were scabbed over and opened up after chemo last week. I started physical therapy a month ago and that has been going very well. My ankle and muscles in my right leg are weak from not walking since I broke my leg in May. I’ve been working on exercises for weight bearing, balance, strengthening and range of motion. I’m super motivated to do my at-home exercises so I can learn to walk again, and my physical therapist and surgeon were pleased with my progress so far.
Now that chemo is over, the next phase that consists of scans and check-up appointments begins. I’m having x-rays and scans done this week to get a baseline of how everything looks. I will continue to have scans post-treatment to check for a recurrence of cancer. My oncologist said I will see her for at least 10 years, and I will have appointments every 3 months for the next 2 years.
Overall, I'm still feeling pretty good. No pain; just occasional soreness from PT. I’m sure it will take a while for me to get my stamina back, and I have no clue what I’ll do when I start working more and can’t take daily afternoon naps!
It’s been a long and difficult 8 months, and it would have sucked a whole lot more without everyone’s support – family, friends, co-worker friends, neighbors and even strangers – providing meals and donations, sending cards/texts, stopping by to visit, “Stacie sitting” and chauffeuring me to/from appointments. Eric and I are so appreciative for everything you’ve done to help our family make it though my treatment.
Thanks again for all your love, support, thoughts and prayers!
Stacie, Eric and Cooper