Friday was one of the hardest days of my life. We met with my oncologist and she gave us the final report from my PET/CT from Monday.
My stomach had been swollen for a few days and we thought this was due to the steroids I was taking and we were gradually decreasing the amounts so I could get off of them completely. Turns out that my liver is also swollen and maybe pushing on some other organs causing my entire belly to appear swollen.
Angelo and I were very upset to hear this news (I started to hyperventilate, crying hysterically, everyone was rubbing my back trying to calm me down) and just wanted to get to the point of treatment options.
My doctor offered 4 options for treatment: 2 drug trials and 2 mainstream chemotherapies. They gave us all of the information and left us in the room to decide. I can’t tell you what went in in that room while we were left to decide, but I can tell you that it was very emotional. We really thought about each drug and weighed the side effects and finally decided on Taxotere, which is one of the more mainstream drugs. Both of the trials would require me to have no medication 3 weeks prior to receiving them (1 allowed hormone treatment, but that hasn’t worked for me in the past) and with my tumor markers rising and my liver being swollen, we weren’t willing to risk that time.
With the Taxotere you are opposed to take steroids the night before, but there able to give them to me via IV right before they administered the drug. The drug took about 1 hour to push in and will need to be repeated every 3 weeks. We will also check my tumor markers every 3 weeks, and do my scans every 9 weeks instead of 12, or sooner if we felt it was necessary.
We left the breast center feeling exhausted, sad and empty. But I know that I can speak for Angelo that we also never felt so close to one another. We spent that night with some family, just releasing some emotions, getting some warm hugs and going to bed early.
My friend Beth came in early Saturday morning from Cleveland to spend the day with Ange and I before she had to work here for a buying trip for Lingg for the next few days. I unfortunately felt like crap all day and the entire day just seams like a hazy memory… Thank goodness when I woke up this morning I felt a bit better.
Today so far Ange and I have done a little straightening up, and later on he is going to hang out with his brother while I hang out with my sister-n-law and just RELAX!