Monday, April 6, 2009

MD Anderson Visit

We just returned from our visit with the Dr at MD Anderson. I feel the visit went very well and the Dr was quite positive that the treatment plan we have worked up will work.

I am going to be on quite a combination of drugs and will probably feel like shit for quite awhile. However, this is the best treatment plan that is available at this time (and it only works 13% of the time!)

The plan is to get some tests done (hopefully Tues or Wed), then head home. We will have to return on Sunday and on Monday I will have labs, they will put in a Central Venous Catheter, I will revisit the Dr and we will begin treatment that evening.

I will remain in the hospital at MD Anderson for one week. I will then return home for two weeks and then head back down for another week. This will continue for 6 week long treatments. I should be done with treatment in August sometime.

I am not very excited about this. I will have to be away from my babies for those weeks that I am hospitalized. They are not even allowed to visit. That will be killer. I am already dreading that. But, what is the alternative? I have no choice and I realize that. It still sucks though. This whole situation sucks.

Thank you to all of you for your prayers, thoughts, well wishes, and comments. I love reading your comments. You guys put a smile on my face with your encouraging words. Please, keep them coming:)

PS The results from the CT scan and PET are in. My organs and brain are cancer free. They did find a couple more masses of Melanoma. At this time they are not going to be biopsed because the treatment plan they are putting me on will get rid of the masses. Someday I will tell you guys a very humorous story about where the masses are and the poor Dr. But, not yet. That is a whole other post:)

33 comments:

Glennis said...

Heather,
Penny told me the CT and PET scans were clear as far as your organs. Great news! We will keep the prayers coming your way. Hang in there!

Lindsay said...

Prayers, prayers, and more prayers for you and your family. I know it will be hard but keep us updated on the ins and outs on how you're doing. It will be hard to be away from Kyler and Ella but you are right it will be worth it in the long run!(((HUGS)))

Penny said...

You will be one of the 13%. You will get lots of pictures of those little ones while you are having treatment. Six weeks of treatment will result in a lifetime you will have ahead with Kyler and Ella. We love you,
Your favorite mother-in-law

Erin said...

I want so much to put something profound, but I've got nothing. The fact that you have cancer sucks. The fact that you have to spend time away from your children sucks. The whole thing sucks. The fact that your organ scans were clear is great! I know you will be one of the 13% and will soon be cancer-free! My prayers continue...

Chelle said...

Our prayers are working! I KNOW you are going to be in that 13%, Heather, I just know it!!

And I'm sorry that you will have to be away from your little ones. That sucks :( BUT just think of it as each week you are away you are adding to the lifetime you will share with them.

Still sending you my prayers and I always pray for you. (((hugs)))

Grandma said...

Dear Heather,

We were glad to hear from you. I'm glad you went to Houston---have heard good things about them. Our neighbor, Ralph, was there about 6-7 years ago---had treatment. He is now out feeding cows and making hay.

I know it won't be fun---but you know what? The days after all is well, there will be LOTS of fun!! Sometimes life gives you lemons---but don't they say when that happens, make lemonade?

The kids will get along fine---if they were closer to me I would fatten them up on ice cream and candy!!! No, just kidding---they probably would love to eat fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy!! And then the ice cream!!

Thinking of you and Cody----August will be a time to celebrate this---besides my birthday!!

Love you,

G'ma & G'pa

Patrice said...

Excellent news that it hasn't spread to your organs or brain!! So happy to hear good news! Sorry you have to be away from your family, but 6 weeks in the long run is not a lot of time! I know you'll be in that 13% of the successes! Praying for you!

Wendy said...

I was praying for this morning and asking God for a miracle. I will continue to pray for you and all of your family through this time. Thanks for updating and letting us know what is going on. I will also be praying that August will be here in no time for you!

Anonymous said...

Heather and family,
You have always been strong willed and will continueto be I am sure.I have total faith in you and the Doctors you have put your strength in to. Our prayers are with you. Please contact me at mkitchen@gradientfg.com or 785-608-1121 if you have a moment. We want to visit you if you are feeling up to it. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Morgan (McMillen)

Tricia Nugen said...

I can't imagine what you must be feeling or thinking. But, I do know that you have an amazing support system. We will all be behind you 100%. I know in my heart that you will be in that 13%. I have been talking to all my patients about skin cancer and have contacted No-Ad to start handing out samples and more information. Not only will you beat this but you're teaching others what to look for. God has a plan and you are in it! Sometimes things don't go the way we intend or plan there is always a reason. Real family or Bloggy it doesn't matter we ARE behind you!
Let me know if you need anything.

Christy said...

Good luck friend. I hope the new treatment program is successful.

Hope said...

I'm so glad they have a treatment plan. I'm praying for you. I have total faith that this will work!!

The Blissfully Happy Housewife said...

I am soooooo glad the cancer has not spread to any organs or your brain...that is HUGE. Still lifting you up in prayer!

Jamie

Chris said...

Glad to hear the CT and PET scans are clear! The weeks away from your babies will be rough, but you will be able to focus on getting better. You're lucky to have such a great family that your babes can be with. Always praying for you!!

Amos & Jamie Bazil said...

Hi Heather! Thinking of you and praying for you! I'm so thankful that the CT and PET scans came back good for your organs! Just think, you are getting the best care so you can give your kiddos the best care later on!! Take care of yourself so you can take care of them!!
Love ya!
Jamie

amanda said...

yay for clear pet and ct scans!! and huge yay for a new treatment plan!! god knows us teachers like to have a plan :)

you can do this friend...i know you can!!

Anonymous said...

You have been in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there and be strong!!

Shanan

Clare said...

I know that it will be so hard to be away from your two sweet kiddos!! they are going to give you so much strength and fighting power through all of this!! It sounds like you are in great hands, and I will be praying for you! XOXO and lots of hugs too!

Jen said...

I know it will be a struggle to be away from your babies, but please try to stay as positive as you can. I'm so glad to hear that it hasn't spread. That is wonderful news.

I'm sending you lots and lots of prayers!!!

The Mom Jen said...

Been reading, sorry I haven't posted until now. I will be praying for you, you will be in that 13%. Stay strong and praise that your organs and brain are C-word free! Hugs and love!

Kristen said...

Keep your head up friend! Know that prayers are being sent your way, and you will do AWESOME!!

Here's to the 13% club!

thetoepfertimes said...

Great news on the negative scans! So sorry you're going to feel crappy, but it's great that they have a plan that will work! I know it'll be hard to be away from the kids, but it's totally worth it. You are constantly in our prayers. Hang in there and we'll have a huge party in August!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Will keep sending you good thoughts from currently too cold Maine. :)

Hallie

(funny that your word verfication is CHILIN!)

Jen :) said...

YEAH for some good news! I'm so glad to hear that the drs. seem optimistic. I know you can do this...you're so strong. Your babies will be in good hands! Remember, we are only 30 min. away and can be there quicker than that is needed. Once May 22nd is here, I can be there ANY TIME you need me! Call me with anything! As much as I don't like August because of going back to school and leaving my babies, I can't wait for this August to get there for you! Hang in there...you can do this! Thoughts and prayers coming your way every day!

Hair Bows & Guitar Picks said...

I am praying for you daily. I know it will be hard but it will be so worth it in the end!

fortyb4forty said...

I wish I had some great words of wisdom but I don't. I am praying for you and your family. I am a cancer survivor and I know how important the support and prayers of others can be during this time.
Your family is in my prayers,too.

Susan said...

Heather,
I'm so sorry that I haven't commented sooner to you regarding what you are going thru. You may not even remember me. But, I wanted to let you know that I think about you all of the time. You will DO THIS. It's so hard. I get teary when I read your posts because it takes me right back to so many of the emotions I had about my cancer and missing time with my babies. It's still hard, almost 9 years out for me, because there are huge gaps of their life that I just don't remember. But, the important part is that you fight now so you can be here later. I wish you only the best, and keep fighting sister!

andreawilliams said...

Prayers and hugs in Idaho!

Chandra said...

{{HUGS}} Many, many, many hugs your way! Stay strong. In the end, the week long stays in the hospital will all be worth it because you will have those beautiful babies to come home to!

Beth said...

Praying for you Heather!!! You CAN do this!! For those sweet babies of yours. I am happy to hear that the trip was a success and although it will be hard to be away from them now it will be so you can be with them later and that is what they will truly remember!! I am happy to hear your brain and organ scan came back clean...already GREAT news!! Keep fighting and we will ALL keep praying!!

The Mrs. said...

So glad to hear that your scan came back that your organs are clean! I cant imagine time away from my kids, but you'll be able to use that time to do what you need to do for them.

more prayers to you and your family~

Valerie Williams said...

SOOOOOO glad to hear the CT/PET scans were clear! Praying for you!!!!!

McMommy said...

Sending so much love and many prayers your way!!!
You are always in our thoughts!!

 
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