So in the past week, I have met with a team of doctors at the University of Nebraska Med Center (Monday), heard their treatment plan. Then, I met with an oncologist here in Des Moines on Tuesday morning.
The doctors in Nebraska and the ones here have pretty much the exact same ideas for treatment of this cancer. It makes decisions easier when all the doctors agree.
My treatment plan will consist of having a port put in (today actually), then starting chemotherapy on Monday (Yes, in 3 days, less than a week after I met the oncologist)! I will have chemo every other week for 2 months, then weekly for another 2 - 3 months. Sounds like a blast, huh.
Once the chemo is done, I will have a mastectomy (I'm leaning toward bilateral, but there is time to think about that more in the coming months). Depending on how the cancer responds to chemo, and what my scans look like then, we will decide if I need to have radiation before undergoing reconstruction.
Long story short, it's going to be a bit of a long year! I'm trying to stay positive throughout this and trust that God will give me the strength to get through this. Of course, being positive does not take away the fear. The unknown is scary. Not knowing how I will react to the chemo is scary. Not knowing how I (and my kids) will react to not having hair, is scary. The thought of major surgery, followed by another major surgery for reconstruction and all the infection risks that come with it, is scary. The possibility that even with all these great efforts, this cancer could possibly come back, and possibly in a more vital organ (liver, lung, bone, brain) is VERY SCARY. Through all this, I rely on my faith and belief that God has a plan and my hope that he is certainly not done with me yet.
Stay tuned for more information and stories from my journey. I am going to be posting an amazing prayer that was given to me by a congregation member of my church. I have some other little tidbits planned as well, and that's just from these first few weeks of this crazy long journey!