Before I elaborate about the good news, I must catch you up on last night. It was a long, long night. My darling was pooped and crashed early. I had no such luck. It began with watching a marathon of Alaskan Bush People on the Discovery Channel. What a great show!!!! Finally, I tried to lay down and get some rest. This did not work well. I literally tried to remember every person I treated wrong or every horrible thing I ever did. After hours of recreating a string of horrible memories (and there were a lot in 42 years) I realized I was holding onto things that I’ve said or did that most people don’t even remember. I shook my head and committed to forgiving myself. I probably told myself I can’t change the past but I can change the future no less than 100 times. Sincerely, for what it’s worth I apologize to everyone for any action that I’ve done that has caused anyone any pain. I wound up nodding off around 1:00 and woke up again at 4:00 to start my day.
About 6:30 Becca woke up, we got ready and hopped on the bus to MD Anderson. It was still early so I ate breakfast (Freeman Hospital food is much better). After hours of waiting we got checked in and then met my care team.
First came the nurse who was really nice. Then came the research specialist who requested to use my blood and tissue samples for a research trial. I agreed and will fill out the questionnaire when I get home. Then came the doctors!
The first doctor, came in and discussed exactly what I knew: what form of cancer, how aggressive it was and that we caught it early. Then he came in and told me what I didn’t know: THE SURGEON WHO REMOVED MY THYROID GOT THE VAST MAJORITY OF IT OUT OF ME!!!!.This means a lot of things. First, unlike the typical progressed double hit lymphoma this was so localized that it could be treated with standard chemotherapy rather than the 5 day inpatient R-epoch treatment. This could consist of 3-6 cycles of chemotherapy followed by radiation and this could be done at home or at KU! He said that the only thing that they had to check was the bone marrow, which I’ve got a biopsy tomorrow, and he felt that it would be clean. After that I have an echo cardiogram to check out my heart function and then I believe we will be heading home. Once there I will have surgery to get a port put in and chemo begins. The whole thing could be resolved within 3-6 months!!!!
I was literally so excited that I refused to wait for the bus back to the hotel and Becca and I walked 1.5 miles back to the hotel. I was bubbly!!!
I was devastated when I found out I had cancer. Even more so when I found out that it was super aggressive. Now I’m thanking God that it was caught when it was and I have to do just regular chemotherapy and radiation (like that’s a small task or something).
On a side note, I have racked up approximately $4500 in medical bills plus travel expenses since the beginning of this year. With the kind donations through Gofundme and other donations I believe that enough has been raised to see my family and I through this without going to far in the hole. Therefore, I have decided to discontinue the page. What has been raised will go to medical expenses incurred.
I did not sell enough T-shirts to warrant a printing so that will most likely expire. I believe that the company will refund directly any purchases made. If not, please let me know and I will do so myself.
I appreciate the support I have received and am blessed to have such great people in my life. Your prayers and kind words have inspired and humbled me. What a wonderful life I have!
I look forward to talking to you all again soon as the next step begins…at home.