Thursday, April 19, 2007

One more to go....

Well, only one more treatment to go! I am so ready to be done with this chapter. I got sick again during treatment, even after them giving me additional meds to prevent it. Oh well, I guess that's just the routine of the day now. And again felt better after the incident. I was feeling so good that we had lunch at Max & Erma's afterwards. Which tasted fabulous!

The weekend, I just felt incredibly tired. More so than previous treatments, so I think things are catching up with me.

I did however rebound quicker this time, and my Neulasata booster shot didn't knock me down as much as usual. I was feeling pretty darn good by Tuesday afternoon.

I met with my surgeon the day before my treatment, and started on the next phase of things.

She would like me to go for another MRI after my last chemo. And then is working on scheduling my surgery for the first week in June, maybe the 6th. But I haven't gotten confirmation on that yet.

I will be doing six weeks of radiation after my surgery because of the inflammatory breast cancer, just another step in completely killing the beast.

The original plan was to do my left side mastectomy now, go through radiation and then in a year or so after all is healed, go back and do the right side and then immediate reconstruction. Well I got to thinking about this over the weekend, and have decided to do both sides now. Because I'm so large anyways, with leaving one, I'm ALWAYS going to have to wear a form so they match, and I'm worried that I'll always look lopsided. I can't get away with throwing on a big sweatshirt, and going without. And if I do decide to have "boobs" for a day, if they are both gone, I can go with a much smaller set. I'm sure my back will thank me.

Plus, when I get the go ahead after surgery, I'm really going to start on the weight loss. A cancer diagnosis makes you realize you should be healthier, and who wants to work out with a real boob and a plastic boob. UGH!

Also, if we are able to have more children, I would like to wait on the reconstruction until after pregnancy, since I'm worried about the affect of pregnancy on the stomach, since that's wear my new boobs would come from. Then after maybe I'd have more belly fat to use.

So, we'll do the bi-lateral mastectomy now. I've started to gather websites and information with pictures to help prepare both myself and Richard for the "new" me. But I think in the end, I won't regret the decision.


  1. Dear Jeni
    God Bless your positive thinking !!!! there a lot of hard decisions to be made in the next few weeks, but remenber you have many strong supporters and we will
    keep the prayers and good wishes coming yours and Richard's way. Love you, Gram

  2. Dear Jeni,
    I commend you for your excellent attitude in your fight against breast cancer. Seeing you go thru your chemo on Friday and how you feel the days following are just unfair for anyone to endure, especially someone your age. You are handling it very well.
    Earnie and I will support you and be there when you, Richard and Logan need us.
    God bless you and may He give you guidance in the decisions you have yet to make.
    Love ya,
    Mom K

  3. YOU ROCK JENI!! I support you know matter what. You have been a strong woman through all of this. Keep up with the positive attitude. Love you everyday!!
    auntie jim.

  4. As I have always known, you are an amazing woman. I know I can't even begin to realize how difficult these decisions are, but I sure can pray for you, Richard, and Logan while you make them. Please know you are always in my heart and prayers.
    Love, Auntie Chris