Saturday, May 30, 2009

The next step!!!

It has taken me a while to sit down and post, but holy cow...I AM DONE!!!! DONE, DONE, DONE, DONE, DONE!!!! And it feels sooooo good!

Chemo #6 is done and it went good- I guess as good as can be with chemo. I really only had one day where I felt the need to be in bed. I think by this time I was so done with the whole being in bed and being nasous thing that I wanted nothing to do with it. I rebelled and told myself that I wasnt going to be sick. At the last minute, I decided to go to Lakeside with my Mom and my sister. I still felt crappy and nasous, but not to the point that I was bed ridden. It was a nice change to the usual. I got my energy back earlier and the nausousness was gone by Monday. I cant even begin to explain how great it feels to be done. All the anxiety is gone, the nervousness and aprehension-its gone. I know I still have a long road, but I think the worst part is over.

Speaking of the long road, the next step is surgery and that is happening on Friday. I havent been the least bit scared about this. I know its a big deal, but its necessary and I know that once this is done, the Cancer will be gone (hopefully). This next week is PARTY week. Its "bye bye boobies" week. I am going to bid these babies farwell in style!! I have plans for fun times Tues, Wednesday and Thursday. Im not going to rest until I have to!!

I meet with the surgeon on Monday morning for final things and just to make sure that all is still good. I still need to do complete blood work to make sure my white blood cell count is good-but im not worried about that because I havent had a problem with that this whole time. I still need to find one of those bras that make it look like you have some boobs-im not about to go out hairless and boobless! Hopefully the recovery of this surgery wont be too long. Its summer and ive got all the kids at home who are bored already. Its going to be a looong summer.
I should start radiation after the drains are taken out. (drains are put in to drain the fluid that builds up after surgery) Probably about 2 or 3 weeks. (hopefully) After 6 weeks of radiation, 5 days a week, I will finally be able to start reconstruction. There are a bunch of steps and a lot of pain, but its well worth it. I dont really know much, but I will keep you informed as I know more.
So surgery friday, a little stay in the hospital and then the next step can begin. Wish me luck!!!!

8 comments:

RPH said...

Yea Shelly! You made it thru the first big step! You are so positive about the rest still to come. Best of luck to you. I will be thinking about you.
Raygon

Joan said...

Yay for being done with the chemo! That must be such a relief. It's good to hear that this one wasn't so bad. I hope you have a fun "bye-bye boobies" week. Good luck bra shopping.

The Fischbeck's said...

Yeah, Shelly! I am glad you clarified on the drains. After last book club, I learned alot of different things you have to deal with that I would never have thought of. Bet if feels so good to be done with #6 and feel like you can actually start moving forward!

Amy Young Holden said...

Congrats Shelly! One huge step down! I was so glad to hear that your WBC count has stayed normal along with your weight! Those are huge deals when it comes to chemo! I am so glad to hear about your surgery this Friday. I will be thinking of you. Good Luck and I am so happy that the chemo is a thing of the past :) Take care and keep us all up dated. Love Amers

Rasch Family said...

Super Shelly!!!! I'm so glad you're done with all that chemo! Good luck with the surgery, we will be praying for you!!! xoxoxoxo, Lisa

Lana and Terry said...

You are truly amazing, Shelly! I know that the surgery will go well, because you are so positive and strong! We still pray for you daily and we will be so happy for you to have this all behind you!! Good Luck:)

Ryan and Holly Gibb said...

Yay for being done!!!!! Good luck with the surg on Friday. Rach told me about the fun-filled nights you girls have planned beforehand. Have so much fun!! Cheers to BBB week!

Turners said...

Good Luck, Shelly! I am keeping up with your progress. You were so kind to Valerie and Dan when Charlotte was born and I appreciate your goodness. Praying for you, Linda Turner (Val's mom)