1. Last chemo was today! Although I was determined to stay awake after the Piriton, my body obviously had other ideas. I was completely knocked out within ten minutes and had one of the best sleeps ever. Perhaps it had something to do with having to get up at the ungodly hour of 5.30am to see my mother off...
2. Received the report back from the Sloan-Kettering in New York and it says that for my situation, a full lymph node dissection is not necessary, as it would not make any difference in terms of recurrence figures. Also saw the lovely Mr Tit-Man and he felt the same way. So, on November 15, I go under the knife (eep) but only for a lumpectomy. What a relief!
The meeting with Mr Tit-Man went very well, until he decided to go into too much detail about the lumpectomy, telling me that it would be just like cutting a slice of cake from my breast. Hmm... Needless to say, I told him that I didn't need too much detail, thank you very much! (I also tried to convince him that perhaps it would be a good idea to siphon off some fat from my stomach to make up for the cake slice he'll be taking out, but sadly, he didn't bite.)
Funny thing he said though - when we were deciding on dates, he gave me the option of November 15 or 29. Then he said, 'Knowing you, you'll go for the 15.' I wonder what he meant... I think he still hasn't forgotten that I asked very early in my FEC if I could have it every two weeks instead of three. I think he is under the impression that I'm just pretty gung ho about the whole thing. I wonder why he feels that way?
The only bad news I received tonight is that the radiotherapy will not start till after Christmas, dashing my hopes that the process would be all done and dusted by Christmas and my 46th birthday. But, in the greater scheme of things, this isn't really a worry. I suppose driving to radiotherapy everyday for a month over Christmas wouldn't be much fun anyway...
So, another phase of my cancer treatment is over. And taking the risk of sounding like a broken record, thank you to everyone who has supported me through lovely messages, calls, visits, gifts, thoughts, and just reading this blog! I cannot reiterate how much this has all meant to me.
So! Onwards and upwards!