Monday, May 16, 2011

Just got the call

Chemo starts tomorrow.

This is a good thing.

Why am I suddenly having trouble breathing?


Just to clarify, we've finally got some specific information out of the people at the Gemelli (really, it's like pulling hen's teeth to try to get them to tell you ANYthing, even to the point of telling you what they're planning on cutting out...) and it's not chemo they're starting with, but a minor surgery called a lymphadenectomy. It's a procedure in which they take out the lymph nodes and send them to be examined to see if there is any occult incursions of the cancer in the lymph system. It's a small surgery, but it's general anesthetic.

So, chemo will happen after that.



DP said...

Because it's scary?

This is manifestly a good thing, as you note. You can stop worrying about ouches and twinges so much. Just think of chemo as the rolling bombardment which is headed malignancy's way. Yes, it's grimly unpleasant, but you have to push the invader out.

Mrs McLean said...

Okay. Hang in there.

I may even translate "The Bodice Ripper" into correct English for your entertainment.

Anonymous said...

You have many people praying for you Hilary, wishing we could do more. Best wishes for this first procedure and the chemo to follow.