Turns out at my appointment Dr. Phillips felt that my lymph node was smaller (I do agree with this) and that the skin looked like it has completely stopped spreading! What great news! She explained to Don and I why she felt the skin / chest wall has stopped spreading and I agree after she explained it to us. If you want a full understanding of this, it will require a visual so call me if you need more detail! HA! Before she took a look, I explained again to her what the pain feels like. In case you forget, it feels like my skin is stretched so bad that when I touch it, it is hot, painful and feels like it is burned similiar to a sun burn.Naughton.
My final hypothesis was that if we removed the implant or put in a smaller one (not really wanting to do this, but will for comfort) maybe the skin could breath more. She first said that wouldn't work and gave me the look like aw you poor thing. Well after she looked she agreed that my skin is just too tight on the right side. Her request was to give the chemo a couple more cycles to see if the discomfort and pain subsides and if it does not, would like me to consult with my plastic surgeon. I have decided to get a head start and meet with him before and just get his opinion. You can now call me Dr.
That is it on cancer front. In other news, Don and I went to St. Louis to watch the Bears lose. It was a great trip. We went with a group of friends from college. Although all but 2 of them live near us and we see frequently, it was nice to just get away. It was also nice for Don and I to get away and breath and kind of sort of act like we are a normal couple without a million and one things going on in our life.
|Play Date with Cousin Paige|
I can not believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving! This year has flown by. I will say for the most part, this year is right up there with last year for being pretty crappy. But with all of the crappiness, we have had a lot of happiness! Wow, I might coin that phrase. It has been tough, but if you don't look at cancer, it has been pretty cool. I am thankful for all of my family and friends this year. That is usually what I say anyways when we go around the table at Thanksgiving and say what we are thankful for, but I can't think of anything else that tops family and friends. The cards, the gifts, the phone calls, the making strides walk, we appreciate it all and I don't know how to thank each of you personally. It is so easy to sit and cry and feel sorry for myself and my family, but then at the right moment, the phone rings, an email comes through or recently chocolate covered strawberries. It is like you all just know when and what I need! We are so lucky!
Please enjoy your Thanksgiving day with your family! Make memories, laugh and EAT!!