Monday, October 29, 2007

The Most Amazing Day; Even On Chemo

I finally have a plan!!!!!! Can you believe it?!?!?!?! The planner has a plan - yippee!!!! For me that is as exciting as the news!!!!! Anyhoo, after months of not knowing even the outline of my future, I have a plan which also means I now can see the whee (sp) speck of light at the end of the tunnel. Best of all it ends before Kauai. Okay, here are some of the details.....the tumor board met and the all agreed, even my surgeon, to not do surgery. YEE HAAA! I get to keep my rectum! (Never in my wildest dreams did I think as going to say that and be THRILLED about it!) We are going to get me set up for radiation on Friday and then start sometime after that. It may take some time to get it set up and scheduled, so I have to keep my regular chemo appointment in case it takes too long. During radiation, I will also be taking a lower dose chemo in pill form everyday in addition to my 15 minute radiation appointment everyday (M-F). Of course, there are side effects, but when aren't there! My sincerest desire it to get through the holidays without having the cancer wand on during Christmas and my wish may be granted. I am faxing them all today to remind them on my wish!!!! So, after six weeks of radiation and low dose chemo, I will then return to my regular chemo for 2 to 3 months. Then, they, and I quote, "You'll be done, but we are going to watch you like hawks." I asked about Kauai on March 28th and he said, "You're going." No better words could hit my heart. "You're going." After that, I was done with the appointment mentally. I just smiled for ear to ear. My body didn't fail me like I thought in the beginning. My body respected my wishes about my beloved Kauai and got me there. Too tired to type more - emotionally spent and a very good way, Ang


Anonymous said...

That's great!!!!!!!!

Love you Angie, see you in March.

Jane, Ty, and Grant

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing it is to keep one's rectum, to realize that most desired goal. Maggie and I cheered when we read it. Yes radiation has side effects but so does drinking too much Merlot. You are SPECTACULAR!!!! pat&mag

Bob said...

Congrats on saving your *ss. Great news.

Anonymous said...

Yay, YOU. There aren't enough superlatives to describe how pleased and proud I am of you. Truly, I don't know another person who has the positive attitude and strength of spirit that you do. Which are two of the reasons why I love you so. Congrats, babe, and I second a writer's comment from a few days back who suggested that you buy another pair of fancy pants to celebrate. xoxoxo

Unknown said...

Angie - When John finished his radiation he told the radiation people - "maybe after you tell people all the nasty side effects you could also tell them that there may not be any side-effects" That happened for John and I'm expecting it to happen for you too! Congratulations on keeping your sh*it!


erin said...

May you poop in paradise!

No seriously, Hawaii is magical. Eat some good Hawaiian food and enjoy the sunshine. Just think this will be Nolan's first trip!

-erin okuno

Anonymous said...

That is such great news Ang! You are soooo close to being done! You are doing fabulously! OK, now I need details...what's the oral chemo agent you will be taking?


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the great news!!!!!

I know you will keep focusing on your health and enjoying all the big and little moments in your life! Here's to a great day, week and upcoming year!

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly." Siddartha Guatama Buddha