This oncology appointment went well. I had to go early to get another "gallon" of blood drawn. :) They put my in a room shortly after to wait for the doctor and we were in so long, I finally laid down and went to sleep on the exam table with the paper pillowcase. I had never done that before.
I wasn't sure if I would decide to keep chemo treatments local or if I would go to Spokane where I am already comfortable with their Cancer center. The doctor came in VERY prepared with my patient history and was great. I appreciated his attention to detail, his caring demeanor, and how much time he had put into researching my cancer and my case. I felt peace with using him for this part of my treatment and I am happy that he is only 20 mins away. It will be perfect! I meet with the surgeon to put in my port tomorrow and I think that small surgery will likely be on Thursday. I am blessed that appoinments opened up when I needed them and that this is happening during the best "window of opportunity" where the cancer is compromised from the Heated Chemo that I already had.
This phase of chemo starts next Tuesday and will last 4-6 hours for the infusion. I will have to bring home a small fanny pack type pump that will continue to infuse chemo for the next 48 hours. I will do this routine every 14 days for 6 months. We did go through the side effects of the chemo and there are some that will be rough...but I CAN DO IT...and I WILL DO IT! Life is worth all of it...and I just hope it all works!! I might not have posted, but I think it is important to understand that we now know I have stage 4 cancer. This diagnosis was finalized during the last surgery where they saw how much it has spread. It is serious, but I am very optimistic about the treatments. I can't wait to return to my favorite job of mother and wife...and spend many more years having fun with my family!