Great day!!!! Started with a visit with Dr. Laidley, surgeon. Upon entering the room, she announced “margins are all clear”. Music to my ears. The best news I’ve heard in a long time. Then we negotiated drain removal, she will be working this weekend so I’m free to call any time once the fuid gets below a certain amount. I’m counting on that happening tomorrow. I should go ahead and schedule that appointment.
From Dr. Laidley’s visit I went to Dr. Kerr’s, oncologist. I had another great visit there. He sat down with my mom, my aunt and myself to have the “what now” conversation. I now have a radiation doctor on the team. I haven’t met him yet but both doctors have talked to him about me. I feel like I’m waiting for the ultimate set up, and the guy has my number and the girl waits for him to call. I will move onto radiation now with chemo mixed in. It doesn’t sound like fun but it does sound like the most effective treatment to fight my cancer. I feel confident that this is the best course of action. The chemo will not start for a few weeks as Dr. Kerr is waiting for some additional tests. It seems that I have an exemplary case of breast cancer. Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned that we don’t believe the doctors see this every day? Well, when Dr. Laidley removed my tumor she sent it off to 2 different labs in the U.S. There are only 2 labs in the country that are testing tissue by growing it in the lab to test different chemo medicines to see which drugs the cancer responds to. This is isn’t a guarantee because you can’t recreate our natural tissue and our body make-up in the lab but it can help the doctor make decisions. In addition to waiting for these test results, Dr. Kerr is presenting my case before a board of oncologist next week at a conference. He is seeking input from additional experts on my case. I feel confident that my doctors are doing everything they can to help me fight the fight.
It truly has been a great day. And for the first time since this journey began, I feel that I had a “normal” doctor appointment not just one but two. Today was a good day.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” — Philippians 4:8-9