I figured I should probably update you viewers with everything that is going on in my cancer world, since I tend to forget to mention it on my blog. And just to give you the most recent update from my last PET scan about a month ago, the cancer is still spreading and I have a new tumor in my stomach and increased cancer around my heart and in my lungs. It is staying in the "soft tissue", which the doctor claims is a good thing because it hasn't spread to the liver or the brain. They figured out that the chemo medicine, Xeloda, that I had been taking for the past six months wasn't doing anything to stop or decrease the spreading of the cancer. It may have slowed it down a bit, but not enough to make a difference. I am now off that chemo med and onto a new approach, stopping all the estrogen in my body, since the estrogen feeds my cancer. So, for now I take a daily pill (Femera), and a monthly shot (Zoladex).
What is my next step:
1. On April 14th, I will be attending my first appointment with the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. They had to first review my case with a panel of doctors and now I am on to the next step, meeting with the doctors.
2. I have found in the "Cure" magazine that there is a new medicine "Tykerb" that might help to improve my results with the current regiment I am on. I will present this to the doctors soon.
3. My Plastic Surgeon, who is amazing, is talking with some really good doctors in Phoenix and in Tucson about my case and we will probably be setting up appointments with them as well once she talks with them.
4. I have discovered that there is a way to take a sample of my tissue and send it to a lab in Tucson and they will test the tissue using various chemo meds and try to find an effective combination for my specific case. This sounds great to me because so far I have been the guinea pig for all my chemo meds..Taxotere, Taxol, Andromycin, Cytoxen, Xeloda, Tamoxifen, and now Femera and Zoladex.... hummmmmm... am I missing any? I would prefer if a pitre dish in a lab became host to all these poisonous meds and not my body. I think that is the better option...Actually I think it is the "duh" option, but whatever....
4. I am praying lots and trying really, really hard to trust in the Lord. I was really struggling with this for a while, the whole "thy will be done" was very hard for me. Then I finally told my husband to please give me a blessing (a special prayer in our religion, where the Lord can speak to you through a priesthood holder), and I was reminded that the Lord is in charge and to place my faith in Him. No matter what the doctors say, or the "survival rates" may show, the Lord is the one who will decide when I should come home! This was very humbling and encouraging for me because HOPE was the element that was missing for a while and it is amazing how much your life can change once it is there.
5. So, for now we have hope, faith, and a really great support team surrounding me, so I can't think of any greater medicine in the world!!!!