And I’ve been told it’s pretty bad a$$. 😉 Proceed with caution with the picture posted, as I don’t mean to offend.
I’ve been home since late Monday and spent most of the day yesterday resting. I was able to get a few things done around the house and was told to simmer and rest up. 😊 So I did!
It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that I had brain surgery just this past Saturday. I recognize how fortunate that I am in being able to come out of this with no defects. I will not require any physical or occupational therapy at all. Aside from a few headaches and some slight neck pain, which is to be expected, I am fine. Completely fine. I’m in awe.
I know that my road ahead is long. I will begin chemo pills (Xeloda) tomorrow when they arrive. It won’t be easy but it’s the path ahead and I am determined to prevail. I don’t know the full side effects of the drugs (in terms of how it will effect me directly) but I understand they will be different than last time. 2 weeks on chemo and 1 week off with no hair loss!! It is suspected that I’ll have stomach issues like before, with hand, feet and mouth sores. Lots of lotion, socks and mouth wash! I will be starting at a higher dose and adjusting to the side effects as needed. I would prefer to start strong and reassess to kick this cancer to the curb. I’ll start with 4 pills twice per day and see how I go. I should expect side effects in a few days.
As for radiation, I’ll start on my lymph nodes this week (hopefully) for about 4 weeks. If the chemo pills do not destroy the cancer on my chest then we will reassess the radiation direction as needed. The chemo pills and radiation will work hand in hand together – against the cancer and with the side effects. I will feel the effects sooner, in about a week or two. We will get through it. I’ll see the neurosurgeon who performed my miraculous surgery in about a week. He will take out the stitches and I will have a consult for radiation to that area of my brain as well. I anticipate side effects but I came out strong this weekend and I am confident that I will again. In the meantime, I have a wound to be proud of.
I am sure I’m missing something but that’s all I have for now. You are always open to asking me questions – I am an open book! I am so grateful for each and every one of you in my life. I love you all and we will get through this with a smile!!!
Team Red Phoenix!!!