Wednesday, June 23, 2010

good and bad news

ok so mom got her cat scan last wednesday and on friday Dr. B gave her the results. her tumors in her breast and lymph nodes are almost gone..but her tumors in her spine and liver have either stayed the same or gotten bigger, meaning the tumors in her liver and spine saw what was happening in her breast and lymph nodes and they mutated and cloned them selves! so we are starting chemo. so yesterday, Tuesday, mom got her port put in. you can google what that means but basically it is a long tube in her artery that gives them easy access for the chemo, instead of ivs every time. so surgery went well yesterday we were home by 2. she is in pain today but what do you expect after surgery.

on friday mom will start chemo. she will go every three weeks for 18 weeks. BUT after 6 weeks (her second treatment) she will get a catscan to see if it is working, instead of having her go through hell for nothing. she will loose her start sending scarves, hats, etc.! but we are going to get a pretty wig that our friend and hairstylist will make!!

ill update you on friday. the chemo treatment is from 11 to 4 so it will be a long day!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

its been a while!!

ok im so sorry its been a while...i had finals and a have been working soooo much! well mom has been having her once a month appts. where she gets her shot, and infusion (IV) for her bones. it has gone well...her tumor in her breast and lymph node are softer. she is starting to feel much better and able to "live life" more. May 23rd was mom's last appt and like they do every appt they drew blood, to check her liver, kidney function and markers (which is a number that basically represents her cancer summed up). well when they drew blood her markers were up, from 300 to 400 (ideally they should be 70). So Trish, the NP, decided mom should get her cat scan in june, a month sooner to see what is going on in there.

So before her scan we went on our family vacation that we planned in Feb. We drove to myrtle beach, SC on Thurs June 3rd. of course i woke up with a fever before we left so we ran to the minute clinic and i had strept. joy. but i got a presciption and that saved my life. anyways we stopped in Asheville, NC to spend the night before finishing the drive. so we got to SC and the weather was wonderful! very hot but gorgeous, we laid by the pool, on the beach, we all three parasailed!, and of course we went out to dinner and had lots of fish and crab :) i'll post pictures of that later...then on our way back we stopped in Asheville, NC again and went to the Biltmore mansion! it was gorgeous..there are no words to describe it! ill have to post pictures of the mansion it was huge, there were 63 bedrooms and 40 bathrooms!!!!

On Wednesday Mom had her cat scan and she will get her results tomorrow with her normal routine of the shot and the IV. i'll update with you the results tomorrow..

lots of prayers the results show that the tumors have shrunken!