“It’s a DOT” . . . Part 5.

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So other than my “Smashburger” episode, healing from the surgery was longer & slower than I’d expected. You never realize what an impact you put on your body by just walking. I have a tendency to walk fairly quickly anyway, but the 4 weeks following surgery I was walking like a little old lady down the hallway (at work).  It was exactly at the 4 week mark when I realized, hey I’m walking a little faster and my arm is down at my side.  The incision under my arm was the worst of it.  It was sore and swollen and I didn’t want to put my arm down. I had been walking so slow as to NOTjiggle” ANYTHING! At four weeks – I could see light at the end of the tunnel.  Five weeks – feeling great. Six weeks – feeling fabulous.

I’ve since met with my Medical Oncologist (Dr. D) & my Radiation Oncologist (Dr. Chris). Even though my “dot” had been removed in the biopsy, because the cancer cell was present (even a 1.5mm dot) their suggestion was to STILL go through the treatments. That in “my case” I probably had a 1% chance of recurrence for every year – so in 30 years I’d have a 30% chance of recurrence (w/o radiation treatments). If I did the treatment, in my case, recurrence in 30 years would be maybe 8%. I was blessed to get a second opinion (without the cost of $600) and they recommended the same treatment, soooooo here we go . . . my first radiation treatment started yesterday, August 16. The treatment itself only lasted 10 min. but round trip took an hour and 15min. (have to drive downtown).  Treatments are EVERYDAY, Monday thru Friday, at 1pm for the next 5 weeks (one down – 24 to go).

You know it could be worse – and I’ve seen ladies “worse” in the waiting room. I’m thankful for my “dot”! I’m thankful for all those ladies who have gone before me and have been part of the research and treatment successes to get breast cancer treatment where it is today.

You are all caught up now and up to date. I will continue to post random “updates” and always do appreciate your prayers. Side effects can be similar to a sunburn and some women experience extreme fatigue either midway through treatment or at the end.  Dr. Chris (my radiation oncologist) told me 30% of women do the treatments without ANY noticeable differences. I told him I want to be one of them!

Some good news  . . . . . . the hospital I have to go to has valet parking!!! Sweeeet! 😉

About countrygirlbling

Hi, I'm hoping that my blog and my experiences will help to encourage you. Our journey through life can be unpredictable at times but KNOW that if you are a believer in Christ, HE will always have your best interest at heart! (Even when things don't make sense!) Toodles

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  1. I look forward to your posts to keep up on your progress Miss “R”! You WILL be one that does not have any pain & discomfort! God has blessed you & he will continue to watch over you and carry you through this “bump in the road”. I send you gentle hugs & kisses for the next 24 treatments to go by quickly. Love you lots. . .

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  2. You are such a good writer! Thank you for sharing your story as it will encourage and help so many others. Glad you can jiggle again 🙂

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  3. I agree….Great Writer! Thanks for keeping us up to date. I think one of the many positive things that came out of this, for me at least, was that the word “cancer” did not have to mean…FREAK OUT! I don’t mean to take anything away from the fear you went through, but you did such a great job handling it. One step at a time….as you said…Lets not go to DEFCON Five!!!!

    Love you!!!!

    Sherry

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  4. handling life’s “bumps in the road” with such grace….with God at the forefront of your life He can carry you through anything. Love you sissy!

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  5. You crack me up! I love the way you see the good in things! Like valet parking and I especially love “it’s a DOT” I laugh every time I see it. I can hear your voice and see your face. I miss that. I’m praying and read your posts every time I get an update message. xox

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