I can’t believe tomorrow is my last chemo treatment. It’s hard to believe it’s here already – in some ways it seems like it’s been a long time coming as I was diagnosed in September, after a biopsy in August, but when I look back it really hasn’t been that long, less than half a year. In the grand scheme of things it really isn’t that long – but all life changing event seem to happen in the blink of an eye.
I met with my oncologist on Monday and I even get my PICC line removed tomorrow – this will be a relief as it’s not easy to bathe (or bathe the kids) with a big waterproof sleeve. The PICC line can’t get wet. And then that’s it – unless I have any concerns or problems she’ll see me in 3 months to see how everything is going. But no more PICC line changes or blood work.
It hasn’t all been breast cancer – I called the gynecologist who will be doing my salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes – apparently ovarian cancer is often thought to originate in the fallopian tubes). This was going to happen after my ‘prophylactic’ mastectomy but had to be put on hold after my diagnosis. So since I was approaching the end of treatment I called to see what the next steps should be. The call back seemed to indicate that she wanted to see me in May / June – we weren’t to happy about that as that would have meant that surgery would likely be in the Fall. As this isn’t an emergency surgery is scheduled a few months out. But fortunately they meant that surgery would be scheduled in May / June. So I now have that to look forward to; although, I do have a procedure next week to hopefully get rid of my pilonidal cyst. Apparently, there is a new procedure (the Dr. has only done 2 so far) that was presented at a medical conference this past November – this one is much less invasive than the normal surgery. From what I understand it’s like the breast biopsy I had except on the cyst, they core out the problem area and hopefully it will never bother me again.