I had CT scans of my chest, abdomen and pelvis today…with and without contrast. I remembered to tell the technician that I had just had my second COVID-19 vaccine. Your lymph nodes can swell when you have that second shot. I could actually feel it in my right armpit, the side I had my shot on. I know my body is working on getting prepared to fight COVID, so it isn’t a bad thing. Now if the radiologist didn’t know that, he or she might think I might need a biopsy on my swollen lymph nodes. Yep – no thanks. So I remembered to tell them. So the scans are done. I will get a call on Wednesday from the local oncology team to let me know what they found on the scans. Then on Thursday afternoon I will have a zoom meeting with my sarcoma specialist from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He will talk to me about what HIS radiologist saw and what he interprets the scans to say. Then we’ll make a plan…for at least the next 3 months. If there is growth or new mets pop up, then we’ll talk about starting a new chemo regimen. If there is stability or shrinkage, I hope to take a chemo break and be put on AI’s….aromatase inhibitors. They are not chemotherapy but have their own lovely set of side effects. This is my best case scenario and I hope that I will have good news on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday morning I will have a zoom meeting with my local oncology team to discuss the timeline of the next step decided by my sarcoma specialist and me. It’s a big week. Everything seems to hinge on this week…travel plans being the biggy. This week my parish is having their parish mission. It is kind of like a Southern Baptist Revival Catholic-style. It lasts about 2 hours for 4 continuous nights. It has tremendously helped me deal with a week that I could totally have let spin out of control. and it has only been 2 nights so far. Instead, I am going to just live my life in joy (it has been in the 70’s!) and let what comes, come. I have learned that I am equipped to deal with everything that has been thrown at me so far. I have an army of prayer warriors surrounding me!
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I am a Catholic wife, mom, daughter, sister, and friend. I have travelled the world...living in 4 countries and visiting over 40 on 6 different continents. I live in Nebraska and hope to retire in Montana. My home photo of me was taken in Copenhagen, Denmark. View all posts by cyndiloumess