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Phase II: The Force Awakens

Speaking of which, we still haven’t seen Star Wars. We’re planning on going to a cushy theater in the next few weeks if anyone wants to join us.

Now, on to the business at hand.

The cancer has been defined as a high grade papillary cerous ovarian cancer. There was evidence of cancer in both ovaries, the uterus, multiple lymph nodes, and the fat pad in my pelvic region. This puts me at a late Stage 3 cancer.

Sidenote: I’m not letting staging determine anything in my mental game. I include it only as informational since I’m sure some of you are wondering.

Because microscopic cancer is pretty much a given, chemotherapy will be needed. There are a few options, but the one we’re aiming for is IP chemo (intraperitoneal chemotherapy — google it).

That will include the installation of an abdomen port and I’ll get my first round of chemo at the same time as part of my in-patient treatment. I’ll have 6 rounds of treatments that last 3 weeks long (1st day, 3rd day, 8th day) with a “down” week between treatments. This type of chemo is going to be intense with the side effects. But it gives me the best chance for reducing the recurrence. I may not be able to tolerate it, but we’ll take it as it comes. I’ll likely start a scheduler of some sort so people can sign up to take me to chemo. Once I know more details, I’ll set it up. (Ever the practical one, I am…)

Chance of recurrence is likely, and if so, will happen within the first 18 months after completion of treatment. Obviously, they’ll be monitoring everything along the way.

The staples come out on Thursday, where I’ll get a bunch of logistical information for the chemo, and then I have another follow up next Tuesday to confirm my final decision and start the planning.

Phase II, we’re coming for you.


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Home Sweet Home

SO. HAPPY.

It feels so good to be home. My stomach is still a little wonky, so drinking Ensure. Last night’s sleep was a little rough due to more cramping and back pain. The back pain was caused by the horrific hospital bed, so I know it will go away eventually. Glad to be back in my TempurPedic. Glorious, glorious TempurPedic.

Took a walk this morning! It’s 1000% more enjoyable to be outside than doing my triangles on the 4th floor of Kaiser.

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Walking path near our house

In other news, this ridiculously awesome mug was at our house when we got home. Can someone claim credit, so I can thank you properly? It was already put to use this morning with my cup o’ joe.

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Best. Coffee. Mug. Ever.

Post-op appointment is in a few hours. Will post another update soon with what’s in store for Phase II.


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Two steps forward, one step back

After the initial toot heard ’round the world, there’s been no additional passing of gas. Which presented a problem at yesterday’s meals.

Breakfast went fine, but lunch caused much discomfort. Dinner went smoother.

We’re not leaving until I have a bowel movement (that way we’re here if there are any complications) so we’re back to wishing for more gas.

Who knew that this would be the hard part of it all?

My abdomen continues to get stronger and I’m incredibly mobile — lots of walking every day. I’m still losing weight though. This morning I clocked in at 58.6kg. (I’ll let you do the math, but to compare, I was 59.6kg two days ago.)

Baby steps continues to be the name of the game.


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Simple pleasures

I got to shower this morning. Like, actually shower. It was glorious.

I get a full liquid diet breakfast this morning. Pudding, cream of wheat, coffee and orange juice. They anticipate releasing me tomorrow.

Thanks for all your wonderful (and funny) comments and texts. Love you all!

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