October 22, 2013

Another successful trip to Beth Israel.  I am VERY grateful to Sarah and Emily for sticking it out with me, it was a long day for everyone, we got home at 7pm from the hospital and went left at 10:30 this morning!  They were awesome and kept me very distracted from the painful burning and hardening of my veins as my 3 chemos were being infused…one at a time.  I love them and cannot thank them enough.  It was the first time that Scott wasn’t around for a Chemotherapy and I think the nurses missed his antics more than me! But I did miss him a lot!

Good news from my oncologist: my primary breast tumor has shrunk from over 5 cm to 1.5 cm at its longest measurement.  I get my liver scans on November 5 and my team is so thrilled with my response to these drugs.  She also told me that my labs last week showed that my liver functions were normal and if a doctor just looked at those results without knowing I had a ton of tumors swimming around in there, they would have no idea that I had cancer.   My breast surgeon has no interest in seeing me for another 9-12 weeks, she wants to make sure I have at least 6 rounds of heavy Taxotere before we talk about scheduling the surgery.  I am okay with that, I would prefer after the holidays anyways.  I also met with my genetic counselor today, she is fascinated with my case because of my age and my lack of family history.  They are going to try and figure out, to the best of their knowledge and resources, why I have Breast Cancer.  It just doesn’t make sense and they will try to get me an answer but then again I could be in that percentage bracket of never knowing.  The one awesome thing about all of the genetic testing that I will have (November 11) is going to benefit my sisters and my daughters.  There are so many more gene mutations that I am being tested for besides the BRCA1 and BRCA2.  There is not a lot of research and studies at the moment but I am being tested and by the time my kids are old enough, the research will be there and they will be 1000 steps ahead of the game.  Because of my age and my diagnosis, I am eligible and SO THANKFUL that I qualify for this testing for the sake of my babies. It means, prevention and/or early detection for them.

I feel like I just had poison dumped in me, but I am staying ahead of the side effects.  I will double juice and drink 4 liters of purified water a day and not let this take me down.  Everyone is healthy in my house (because of the little bubble I keep them in) so there are no viruses that will kick my ass.  Life is good and I am very happy, thankful and grateful.  I feel so blessed to have such wonderful people that have my back!

2 thoughts on “October 22, 2013

  1. Jess,
    I am so proud of you. You are such a strong and positive person. Attitude has such a big role in the fight against this wretched disease and you have shown us all just how to kick its ass.
    Do it right and fight the fight.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you every day.
    Love,
    Shauna

  2. That is an awesome update!!!! Made me smile to read such good news and your attitude is amazing, keep going strong. 💜💙💚💛🍀

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