Thursday, February 19, 2015
The plan. A quilt. Some boot cuffs.
A friend asked what the plan was once I get home. As one of my friends says,"Here's the deal!"
1) Tuesday morning I have an appointment with my oncologist to go over the paperwork from MD Anderson.
2) Tuesday afternoon I see my surgeon to schedule the appointment to put in the port that's used to administer the chemotherapy as well as bloodwork etc.
3) I have surgery for the port.
4) After it heals sufficiently, I will start four cycles of chemotherapy every 2 to 3 weeks.
5) Then, I return to MD Anderson for an ultrasound mammogram and an ultrasound of the lymph nodes under my arm.
6) Assuming that the chemotherapy is working, I will return home for 12 more chemotherapy treatments, every week if I can handle it.
7) Then, the lumpectomy and surgery on the lymph nodes.
8) Finally, radiation for six weeks.
I have triple negative breast cancer, only 15% of all breast cancer patients have triple negative breast cancer. The reason the doctors are recommending only a lumpectomy is because this type of cancer rarely metastasizes in the breast again. It is more common for it to metastasize elsewhere in the body within 3 to 5 years.
So MD Anderson and my doctors in El Paso will be monitoring me very closely over the next 3 to 5 years, if not longer.
For now I need to focus on getting through the next six months of chemotherapy.
Here's a picture of the quilt that I worked on while in Houston. It is just a panel quilt but I love it.
My daughter asked me to make these boot cuffs for friend of hers, so I did. Aren't they cute?