Monday, February 20, 2017

The Light

I think I'm beginning to see some light at the end of this tunnel. I have one more fill to do this week & I will be done with the tissue expander phase. I also have a PET scan tomorrow to see if anything else new is lighting up & how this spot on my pubic bone is looking. It's my first scan since completing chemo & surgery & I'm very anxious to see how things are looking. If all is well, I can have my port removed! We don't want to do that before a scan just in case something new pops up & I need it for any further treatment, but I'm hopeful that I'm done with it.

I'm glad to be done with the tissue expanding phase. My chest is so hard right now but I'm not flat & feel like I look pretty "normal" right now. The first few fills were pretty painless & the last two were also fine but the middle ones! I don't know that I've ever hurt like that & it wasn't in the area you would expect. It was constant pulling & pressure in my upper back - I expected my chest to hurt. Pain medicine didn't touch it. I just stayed in the recliner on a heating pad for most of the day of the fill & the day after. After that my muscles would stretch & I'd start to feel better. I was very worried about my last two fills because we did 80cc instead of my normal 60cc. I thought the pain would be worse but my last two were fine & I expect my last one this week to be almost a non event. I'm up to 760cc so I only need 40cc to get to 800. That's the biggest implant I can have so once I get to 800cc I'm done.

I go on Feb. 28th for my radiation planning appointment. I'll get set up in the machine, get the little tattoos that mark where they want to radiate, and get ready to begin the next week. I'm expecting to get started on March 9th & I have to do 33 rounds (every day Mon-Fri) so that means I'll be done around the 24th of April. Once I get through that I have a hysterectomy scheduled for the beginning of May. My diagnosis of being BRCA+ means I'm much more likely to get ovarian cancer. I also have to take Taxol (a medication to suppress my bodies production of estrogen) for 10 years & that medication increases my chances of uterine cancer. I'm strangely unaffected by this. We already knew we were done having children so I'm not upset about that. The surgery is robotic so I won't have any new major scars. The only thing that bothers me is that I won't be able to take any sort of hormone replacement to help ease the menopause that's gonna be flung on me. Poor husband & kids.

After the hysterectomy, four to six months after radiation & my skin has time to heal, I will have my (hopefully) final surgery. They will swap these tissue expanders out for a normal implant. That surgery is minor compared to everything else & should signify the end of things. I don't know that I will get it in before my year anniv. of my diagnosis but it should be too long after that. I'm expecting the end of Aug or sometime in Sept. These tissue expanders are uncomfortable & I'm already looking forward to that but I also know that if I can handle chemo & the mastectomy, I can handle anything.

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