Wednesday, February 10, 2010

At least yesterday was a good day...

I've been sitting here for a while, just trying to figure out exactly what to say in this post. I suppose that there isn't really any good way express the news, so I will just come out and do it. I spoke with Dr. Read today regarding the results of my MRI, CTs and bone scan... they weren't ideal.
As it turns out, my breast cancer has also spread to my bones (left hip and shoulder), my liver and into at least 1 lymph node on my neck.
Where does this leave me? Well... our first focus is still on shrinking the tumors in my brain. I will continue to undergo my full brain radiation for 10 sessions (only 7 left!) and then meet with my medical oncologist Dr. Ted Vandenberg on Feb 23, 2010 to discuss chemotherapy options to get rid of the rest of the pesky tumors.

Although speaking with Dr. Read today obviously was difficult, I was still left with quite a bit of hope for the future. As far as the chemo goes, she can't tell me much but, she left me confident that if one doesn't work as effectively as possible, there are other chemo treatments that I can undergo to try to get this thing under control.

There are also other options available to me for the brain mets. Dr. Read informed me that Gamma knife radiosurgery is still an option in the future, but we have to wait a few months to see how effective my current radiation is in terms to shrinking my tumors. (http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=gamma_knife)

I have options, and I plan on fighting as long and as hard as humanly possible.
Like I said before, I've got a list, and I'm not stopping until I achieve everything on it. Heck... when that one runs out, I may just start a new one :)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear that Meghan. You are such a fighter and your story inspires me to be a better person. Fight, fight, fight and know that we are all thinking and praying for you.

Randy and Pam Warner said...

Oh Meghan.... Thank you again for sharing this with us. You have no idea how many of us marvel at your openness and honesty.

At these tough times, we don't know how much to pry and ask or stand off and let you have your space or exactly what to do...so your updates are very welcome.

Words come up short but you have a knack for conveying your strength, courage and determination in the midst of this.

As we have said before, we are in your corner...keep on keeping on.

We will talk to you soon --- we love you. I hope you don't get tired of hearing that--WE LOVE YOU!

Randy and Pam

Lallen said...

Check your mailbox today Meg. There should be something in it by today (assuming the postal service is on time). :) Aunt Karen, Uncle Bruce, Craig, Luisa and I are all thinking about you and love you very much!
As for your list, have snowshoes, will travel :)

Lisa

iamthenarwhal said...

youre my favorite

Anonymous said...

Meghan,

Although I have never met you and came across your blog by complete coincidence, I am stunned by your strength and courage. You are an amazing person, and I pray for you every day. You are a very strong willed woman, and you have inspired me to become a person who is more compassionate and understanding, as well as inspiring me to go out an do things that I was maybe afraid of before, because you never know what will happen. I am pulling for you and I hope the absolute very best for the future. Stay strong.

Marcie S. said...

There is so much love out here for you Meghan. Keep fighting and we'll be thinking of you and praying for you all the while!

Tim said...

Uh oh, it's a love attack! Warm and fuzzies coming at you from your favorite DCtonians. <3!

Tim & Alice

Anonymous said...

Hi Meghan,

Fantastic blog. I am in complete awe of you, your courage and your positive attitude. Keep up the fight.

Wayne and Roberta said...

Meghan, You sound like a very strong and positive person and that quality is going to get you through all of this. Keep on fighting and keep the positive thoughts going. We have you in our prayers.
Roberta

Anonymous said...

Finish that list Meghan, and then finish the next too! Keep fighting girl!

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