Cameron and Kacey

Cameron and Kacey
My Beautiful Angels

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Is It Christmas!?

Boy does it feel like Christmas morning!! Just went to the surgical oncologist who was going to check my vocal cords since I have had no improvement in my voice. And I was hoping to get the biopsy results from last week since I had yet to get a phone call.

Dr. Norris, the surgeon, walked into the room and says, "Well, I see we got some good news, huh?" I said, "What? The needle biopsy?" And he said, "Oopss....hope I was reading that right!" And he was!! Biopsy was negative!! No cancer!! YIPPEE!!!! And nothing else shows on CT scan or ultrasound. Final say will be the PET scan on November 24th, but they are not expecting to see anything and as of right now, I will NOT need surgery!! Thanks, Santa, for my early Christmas present!!

Dr. Norris did a scope of my vocal cords and said there was still some swelling and that they are a bit sluggish. They move like they should, which is good and means they were NOT paralyzed by the radiation. Wants to see me in a month to check them again and then will refer me to a voice therapist if needed.

I went down to the infusion floor where I had all of my chemotherapy and hydration to say hi to my nurse, Whitney. She gave me a big hug and said she has been thinking about me and wondering how I have been. She was such a HUGE part of my treatment and I am so thankful to have had such wonderful care at Dana Farber. I cannot tell you how amazing that place is and the people that work there, right down to the valets that park your car. I kid you not. AMAZING!!!

So for now, I will go about my AWESOME life and quietly whisper to my children that listen so attentively.....NOT!!! We are going to Vermont this weekend to visit my cousins and aunt and I am so looking forward to a weekend away without any worries!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!!
I hope Santa is as good to you as he has already been to me!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

I Thought It Was Autumn.....

It is October 1st and almost 80 degrees at 9am!! I thought it was Fall??? But I will take the warmer weather any day, although this humidity HAS to go!! We'll be complaining about the snow in no time!!

Well, my 2 weeks off with no appointments went by REALLY fast!! I had my appointment on Wednesday with my oncologist. They are still pretty concerned because I still have no voice. I guess I hadn't put that in previous posts. I lost my voice the beginning of August when we were in Maine and it hasn't come back since. The doctors did not expect me to lose it because my voice box or larynx was not being radiated, but said it could happen. So my oncologist did a scope of my vocal cords on Wednesday (my FAVORITE thing!). Actually, it wasn't so bad. And she said that there was quite a bit of swelling and "sluggishness" of my vocal cords. Hopefully, they just need some time to heal. She has me seeing the surgical oncologist on October 20th to see what he thinks as another opinion. Hopefully my voice comes back, or at least starts to, before then! Not easy to raise a 4 1/2 and a 6 1/2 year old with absolutely NO voice!!

I have another ultrasound on October 12th to check on that "pocket" of fluid that I had drained. They want to make sure that it has not filled up again. They will drain it again that day if it has.

So another couple of weeks off. I am enjoying being home from work and feeling pretty good. LOVE taking the kids to and from school and doing the "Mom" thing. I think kids like me being home and being able to take them or pick them up from school. It's weird, though, because I have never been home. The only times I have been out of work was after giving birth or when I have been sick. But I cannot lie. I LOVE being home, but am looking forward to returning to work to regain some "normalcy" in my life. Not too quickly, though....:-)

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather and looking forward to Fall. Although today is 80 degrees with tropical rain and wind! Very strange....guess it is New England and ANYTHING can happen!!!

Until next time......