We cannot cure the world of sorrows,
but we can choose to live in joy.
Of course, it's always easier to live in joy when there's some joy to share. An update and the good news.
Recovery from chemo: I'm still trying to get through side effects of chemo but am making steady, if slow, progress -- and not complaining! It's only been a few weeks. I still have fatigue but not as bad, although most days I need a nap, if possible, and an early bedtime. Taste is coming back slowly but a lot still tastes funky. Neuropathy will be the slowest to go away and so far I still have pain and numbness, but at least it's not getting worse anymore! and I know the nerves are doing their work, slowly regenerating themselves. I need to do my work and be patient. Hair is still white, about 1/2" long, growing evenly over my head, and still stick straight.
Results from tests: My first hint of good news was when the oncologist couldn't find the tumor through a physical exam of my breast, but of course I wasn't about to leap to conclusions. I had to wait until I got all my test results back before I started breathing again.
And when I started breathing again, it was with some shock and surprise.
They could find no trace of cancer in my diagnostic mammogram and the MRI.
That was unexpected and wonderful news. My biggest hope when all this started was simply that the tumor would shrink. I never expected it to go away.
There can still be cancer cells present but that will be determined after surgery biopsy results. And the fact that the tumor vanished is incredibly good news. All that nasty chemo did its job! Good work, chemo!
~Hopi Indian Saying
And from here... We'll see what the biopsies show (so keep the good thoughts coming!). Radiation is a strong possibility although that's not certain yet. I'll have a mastectomy if called for by the biopsy results but I'm well prepared for that at this point. I'll continue the one year of Herceptin and begin five years of estrogen-blocking pills soon.
The aim of life is to live,
and to live means to be aware:
joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
Nothing like a little disco music to get your dance mojo going! :) Dig those funky outfits, and dance, dance, dance!