Thursday, August 12, 2010

What is the Next Step?

Writing you was the first thing that I wanted to do, but finishing this semester (grad school), trying not to drown in lamination, and readying the library has consumed my moments of freedom. And I say that in a most happy, upbeat manner. I made 2 high A's this semester and even better, I learned so much neat stuff!! I love getting to laminate. Sounds funny, but as it comes out, I keep hearing this little voice in my head saying "look how shiny". I know, weird right? :) We lost our aids for the district this year. Perfect timing for a brand new librarian, but then there is that amazing support group that is out there not letting me fall. Thank you Clare for letting me call you way too much! I know I will be great at this, but I am still nervous.
I had testing and results on Tuesday at Mda. And as I said before, I knew I would continue to hear wonderful positive things. Dr. Benjamin is pleased with what he continues to see from this chemo and so for the first time in a year, I will stop taking the chemo. That happens on October 1st. Wow, right!! I have been on Sutent for nearly 2 years and I will have been taking it every day (no breaks) at the time that I stop. You can bet that I am looking forward to days that I am not experiencing constant hand and feet cramps and 'Charlie Horses' in my abdomen that seem to go on forever. I look forward to not being sick all the time with nausea and other things. I look forward to being able to chew my vegetables and not drink them through a straw. I'm excited to gain my energy back so that I have time to see friends too along with my studies, family, and work. I know you think I am busy already, but that is my personality. I never was the type to sit around for any period of a time.
So after I stop taking the chemo, I can't go crazy. I will have extensive tests (bone scan, brain MRI, CT -chest, abdomen, pelvis) 6 weeks after. If Dr. B is pleased (AND HE WILL BE) with the fact that there will be no sign of growth in my tumors or any new tumors, then we will begin discussing surgery to remove what is left in my lungs.
I won't know exactly what he plans to do until after we meet with him in mid November.

Your prayers and positive thinking is working! Keep the prayers coming, please. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Carpe Diem!

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