Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What Cancer Cannot Do

My good friend t.j. shared these words with me, but I was also given an afghan early on in my journey by another friend - I keep it on my bed - and of course, share it with my cats who have also been on this journey with me. It is a beautiful afghan and I read the words often. Now, I want to share these words with you so that you can pass them on to others you know who have cancer.

Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple Love
It cannot shatter Hope
It cannot corrode Faith
It cannot destroy Peace
It cannot kill Friendship
It cannot suppress Memories
It cannot silence Courage
It cannot invade the Soul
It cannot steal Eternal Life
It cannot conquer the Spirit
-- author unknown

Thank you t.j. I would not have thought of sharing if you had not sent this to me.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Appointment with Pelvic Surgeon

My follow-up appointment with the surgeon on December 11th was changed to December 10th, however, I still did not see the doctor because he was in surgery and it lasted longer than expected. My appointment is now on January 8th. More later.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Appointment with Oncology Radiologist

As promised, I kept my appointment with the radiologist today, December 9th. He was extremely nice and had studied my case and also had talked with my oncologist and pelvic surgeon. From what he said my case is challenging and they are all interested in the outcome. He was well aware of my feelings about radiation therapy and said that he would respect and support my decisions about treatment. After that being said, he still spent an hour with me explaining, in great detail, what the radiation therapy would entail.

In conclusion he really can't say for sure that radiation would make a difference, if it did make a difference it would be about 20%. Endometrial cancer is common but the type of cancer that I have is not common. He explained there are not a lot of studies on "serous papillary" cancer because there are just not a lot of women with this type. They do know that it is an aggressive cancer, but he said that I did well with the chemo and at the present time no cancer is noted in the lymph nodes. I am going to follow this with PET scans and see what happens.

I am feeling pretty good and my mental outlook is great. I am, of course, still having problems with my feet and find walking difficult when I have to put on a full shoe - sandals are more comfortable. If I stand for long periods then my back hurts, but then I have had back problems for a long time. After the first of the year I intend to join the Y and start water walking and water aerobics to see if I can start getting my strength back.

I have an appointment in 2 days with my pelvic surgeon but it is just for a follow-up. He will be following me for an extended period of time. I also have an appointment with my oncologist in January and will follow with a PET scan.

I probably will not be updating my blog except when I have appointments which should start tapering off now. I really would like to enjoy the Holidays and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.