Just a quick update on today’s doctors appointments as many of you have commented via blog or e-mail and are wondering how it went.
The big news is that I did indeed get the nod to transfer from my current IV protocol to an oral chemotherapy, effective immediately. Don is out filling the prescription and I start on the new drug, Xeloda, tomorrow.
Of concern is the pain in my back that extends from my shoulders to my tailbone. It’s been getting worse every day and is beginning to seriously impact my mobility. My doctor’s best guess, based on my symptoms and my growing dependence on Motrin and Vicodin to keep me going is that I have breast cancer metasteses to my bones. The doc ordered a body scan to see what is really going on, as well as a CT of my neck and head to find the source of the numbness in my chin. She believes that is nerve-related and is not at all thinking brain metasteses, thank God.
The good news is that bone metasteses can be successfully treated and kept at bay for a very long time, i.e. 15-20 years. The pain can be managed and if the new drugs do their job, any bone metasteses should disappear. The greater concern seems to be the lung involvement and the hope is that Xeloda will knock out those tumors as well. The goal, and as I understand it, the very real possibility is still remission.
All in all, it was a very upbeat conversation and Don and I both feel a great deal of relief and confidence that everything is going to be OK, that I am going to be OK for a very long time to come. As my cousin Lori said on the way out: “Aimers, this is the first time we’ve left here and you weren’t crying.”
That, indeed, says it all, doesn’t it?
Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson