I met with my doctor (Dr. Kepple) today, and we went over all of my test results. On the good news side all of my scans came back okay which means that the cancer has not spread to any major organs or bone, which is excellent. Also all of my bloodwork came back excellent, kidney functions and liver functions are good, and my white blood count is great.
My pathology reports from my biospy also came back. I have Stage 3, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. A stage 3 only because she feels it is in the skin, despite my skin punch coming back negative. Apparently she just picked a spot without any cancer.
So the next step is to get a port put in on Friday. It is outpatient surgery, so nothing major. It will be used to administer chemo, take blood, give fluids if needed and meds for side affects. Much better than getting poked with a needle all the time.
My appointment with my oncologist is on Monday, she thinks he'll want to start chemo on Wednesday at the earliest, we're still waiting for some HER2 receptor tests to come back which could affect type of chemo drug used.
I feel better finally having a plan in place, I am bummed that I forgot to ask if alcohol can be administered through my port, heck with this having to drink the stuff, straight to the blood for maximum effect, ha ha.
And with all of these big changes, my precious Logan turns two on Saturday, wow where did that time go. Richard's mom will be in town for a small celebration, and I'm sure some welcome extra help for a few days after my port goes in.
I have also put myself in touch with some great support groups here in town, and go to my first meeting on Monday which I am very excited about. And Dr. Kepple called this evening with a name of another one of her patients who gave her permission to give her name and number to me, she is about may age going through the same process, chemo before surgery, she is just a few steps ahead of me in the process. So it could be helpful to connect with her.
Keep thinking PINK!
~that which does not kill us only makes us stronger~