Monday, August 31, 2009

Finished, the next step and whatnot

It feels great to be done!! I love not having to go to a doctors office everyday. I realized, however, that I now have a hate for doctors offices. I dont want to go and it seems that I have to psych myself up for it. I just dont want to go and thats that. But, I have no choice, so I do it anyway-which brings me to my latest appointment with my oncologist.

I especially hate this office the most. I know its all a mind over matter thing but boy my mind is strong. There is just a certain smell in that office and I just cant take it. It was so bad this time that I literally almost threw up-I was swallowing back big time. I just had to breathe out of my mouth. Luckily, my appointment went pretty fast and I was in and out in about 20 minutes. I love my oncologist. He wastes no time in telling it like it is and he always leaves me with a little lecture on diet and exercise. (I know, I know-thats a whole other post) Anyway, things look good. My skin is healing nicely and it has turned into a nice perfect rectangle tan. Its peeling and drying out and it just looks awesome. (im being a bit sarcastic)but it is healing and the sooner it heals the faster I can move on. My heart scan was normal and im all set up to start my Herceptin. I will do it every 3 weeks for the next year. If I stop and think about that I will go crazy. An entire year. That is so long and way too overwhelming. But the good thing is that it doesnt make me sick and there shouldnt be any side effects. Im very happy about that. So my first appointment is Sept 11th and I should be able to do it along with reconstruction with no problems. Now I just need to find myself a plastic surgeon and get the ball rolling. I have a little anxiety about the whole thing because I have heard that it hurts and its a very long process, but I am excited to feel like a woman again.

So thats where I am right now. I feel good and I actually feel normal and energetic.
Its a good feeling.


Curt, Charlene, Luke, Ty and Jake said...

Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog with your oncologists name. It's always good to get a reference from someone and I will keep his name in mind if this new dr that I'm meeting with next week doesn't work out.

I read that you are looking for a plastic surgeon? Mine is Dr. Jennifer Boll and her office is right by Banner Desert. I would highly recommend her! If you're interested, her number is 480-833-5200.

Good luck with the rest of your journey. I did Herceptin, too and didn't know what to do with myself when I was finished :)

It would be fun for us to stay in notes...share thoughts, etc. I found a lot of strength (and still do) through chatting with other young mothers who had breast cancer too.

Take care,
Charlene Holbrook

RPH said...

Shelly, I just watched a movie about the doctor that invented Herceptin. Have you seen it? Harry Connick Jr. plays the main character. I thought of you thru the movie and felt so greatful for his sacrifice because you are able to benefit from it. Glad things are still going well. Good luck with the next steps.

Mower Power said...

Hey there! Don't know if you are still looking for a surgeon....I highly recommend Dr. Geoffrey Leber. Have had a tummy tuck with him and my sister has also gone to him. He is a fabulous and very kind doctor. Very professional and caring. I ended up having a part of my incision that wouldn't heal and he helped me for as long as it took....even gave me supplies to dress the incision for as long as it took!