My last chemo treatment went well today as I was medicated with steroids that kept away any adverse reactions. And…I got to ring the chemo bell announcing my last chemo treatment. But there is still the roller coaster ride that was unexpected.
The roller coaster ride
Today my doctor canceled the mastectomy set for January 28th and reversed the hospital’s decision to schedule me for surgery just 12 days after my last chemo treatment. The doctor said this was unsafe and would put me at additional risk. He said that even with the shots that would bring my white cells up, it was unsafe for my body to handle major surgery so soon after my last chemo. After 8 chemo treats, with 4 of those with an especially harsh treatment, these build up in the body and need to be given enough time to heal properly. My doctor instructed the hospital to put me back to the original date of February 11th, 2014.
He also told me about the decision to go for the cure and how that relates to having the lymph nodes removed from under my arm. He said that even if the chemotherapy completely removed the cancer, there would still be minute cancer cells that would remain that they could not detect. If they did not remove the places where the cancer existed, it could come back and spread from the lymph nodes. At that point it would go to other organs and no longer be curable. So if I want to “go for the cure” I need to submit to the axillary resection even if it caused me to have a swollen arm.
I am going to listen and obey because life is precious, even more precious than how I look. I will still ask God to bless me with a good outcome for my arm as well, and then let Him choose how best to bless me.
This has been a roller coaster day, but I know who can still the storm and calm my fears.